KUALA LUMPUR – Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today launched the Kampung Baru Comprehensive Development Master Plan and gave the assurance that the redevelopment of the settlement in the heart of the city would not disregard the rights to property nor the original heirs.
He said the drawing up of the master plan had gone through a tight process and a series of engagement with the owners and inheritors of land there.
“The population is projected to rise to 77,000 (by 2035), up from the current figure of 18,372, and to meet their needs, the plan proposes to provide 17,500 residential units including mixed-income housing that focuses on the heirs.
“This is proof that the government ensures that no owner or inheritor of land will be left out of the Kampung Baru redevelopment,” he said when launching the master plan here.
Muhyiddin said the implementation of the master plan would bring much benefit to the people, particularly the people of Kampung Baru, in terms of transforming and driving socio-economic development.
Muhyiddin described the redevelopment as a prudent move by the government in empowering and enhancing Bumiputeras, particularly the urban Malays.
“The plan has the vision to make Kampung Baru a ‘Centre of Culture and an Enclave of New Economic Activities in the City of Kuala Lumpur’.
“It is believed that the mixed development complete with residential and commercial components along with related amenities can stimulate the interest of investors. The development concept is based on a People’s City, with the elements of Live, Work, Learn and Play central to the plan,” he said.
Muhyiddin said that with a potential investment value of RM61 billion, the redevelopment was expected to create more than 46,000 jobs by 2035, including for the residents of Kampung Baru.
He said the master plan focused on two important aspects, one of which was the physical planning and development management of the Kampung Baru area estimated
at about three times the overall development of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) area.
He said the master plan also gave emphasis to improving infrastructure facilities to offset the future needs of Kampung Baru.
Emphasis would also be given to the provision of special transit bus lanes with regard to future patterns of activity and land use, he said.
“The master plan also involves detailed discussions with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to put up a station of the MRT Line 2 in Kampung Baru as the pulse and catalyst for the development of this special area,” he said.
He also said that the master plan comprised phased development which involved three tiers, namely municipality, neighborhood and buildings.
“Facilities such as schools or mosques will be provided under the first tier of municipality development while kindergartens, mini libraries and suraus will be provided under the second tier of neighbourhood development.
“Other amenities such as nurseries, multipurpose venues or cafetarias will be provided under the third tier of buildings development,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the government hoped that the private sector, corporate bodies and government-linked companies would play a major role in realising the redevelopment of Kampung Baru. – BERNAMA