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Flyover from KL Sentral to Jln Damansara opens tomorrow

THE flyover from KL Sentral to Jalan Damansara and the Mahameru Highway will open tomorrow as announced by the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Raja Nong Chik said the flyover was part of Package 2 of the RM110mil Brickfields traffic dispersal system under the Government Stimulus Package.

“The road that was completed on schedule will only allow motorists to exit the KL Sentral area,” Nong Chik said, adding that there will be traffic wardens to guide vehicles.

The access road to the flyover is through Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 near the Quill 7 building.

Nong Chik said Package 3 which involved upgrading Jalan Tun Sambanthan was in progress.

He also said reverting Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad in Brickfields to a two-way road had been put on hold due to requests by non-governmental organisations.

“These groups voted for the change previously but now they want to put the move on hold until all work in the area is complete to avoid traffic chaos.

“Then we will assess the situation again,” Nong Chik said.

He added that Kuala Lumpur City Hall was in the final stages of planning a way to overcome congestion in Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad.

“One of the suggestions is to create a contra flow along Jalan Tun Sambanthan for buses and taxis only,” Nong Chik said.

Source: The Star

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Backlane to act as bypass to ease congestion

A BACKLANE near Wisma Harapan will be converted to a bypass to cater for a two-way traffic along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur when it reverts to its original two-way street come April 1.

At present, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad is a one-way flow. However, from the Jalan Rozario junction to Jalan Tun Sambanthan 4, it will be a two-way flow.

The backlane will lead to Jalan Thambipillay.

Raja Nong Chik - backlane to ease congestion

Raja Nong Chik - backlane to ease congestion

The dispersal system will be a loop to allow easier traffic circulation along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Jalan Thambipillay and Jalan Tun Sambanthan.

The decision was made by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin to help ease traffic coming from main road (Jalan Tun Sambanthan) when Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad reverts to two-way.

“Although the consultant said it was better to have Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad as a one-way street, we made it two-way at the request of the people there.

“We have even asked Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd if they could re-route the buses but it will be a loss. Based on a survey, residents prefer the buses to move along Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad,” he said.

When asked if the authorities would be able to control the main road traffic coming into the two-way area, Raja Nong Chik said it was not feasible to control who comes in.

Brickfields residents were happy with the decision to revert Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad to a two-way street but they had expressed concern that by allowing main road traffic to come into Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad would add to the congestion.

They did not want main road traffic to flow into Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad as traffic is high along the road and people have trouble crossing the road.

“We will only be able to see the result of the two-way system after one to two months. We have also converted the backlane to accommodate the traffic.

“As for the issue on congestion caused by illegal parking, the police and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will be issuing summonses to drivers who double-parked.

“We are now accommodating double parking as we understand the parking area is not ready. Once the system is ready, the area will be designated as a no parking zone,” he said.

Raja Nong Chik was speaking to reporters after presenting 38 Little India traders with licence offer letters that were part of the phase one Permanent Hawker Centre relocation programme.

He said the phase two was well on its way and only some technical issues needed to be resolved.

“I think everyone needs to look at the big picture of Little India instead on focusing on the micro issues because during construction period, there are bound to be problems.

“We are fine-tuning matters pertaining to hawker, traffic and overhead bridge and these can be discussed,” he said.

Source: The Star

Najib, Manmohan Rasmikan ‘Little India’ di Brickfields

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Okt (Bernama) — Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan rakan sejawatan beliau dari India, Dr Manmohan Singh Rabu merasmikan ‘Little India’, sebuah kawasan kediaman masyarakat India di Brickfields di sini.

Najib Tun Razak dan Dr. Manmohan Singh bersama-sama melancarkan Little India di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. Turut hadir Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

Najib Tun Razak dan Dr. Manmohan Singh bersama-sama melancarkan Little India di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. Turut hadir Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

Pada majlis penuh bersejarah itu, Najib bersama Manmohan, yang sedang melawat negara ini, melancarkan sebuah kolam pancutan air yang menjadi simbol bermulanya suatu langkah baru dalam hubungan rapat antara kerajaan dan kerajaan serta rakyat dengan rakyat kedua-dua negara.

“Ini lebih daripada merupakan suatu simbol…ia akan menjadi tempat untuk pelancong dan yang pasti, akan memberi manfaat kepada penduduk di sini,” kata Najib sebelum bermulanya majlis perasmian itu yang dihadiri kira-kira 5,000 orang dalam kawalan ketat keselamatan di sekitar kawasan berkenaan.

Little India meliputi kawasan dari Jalan Travers ke Jalan Tun Sambanthan, dengan fasa pertamanya dijangka siap Disember ini.

Kerja bagi fasa pertama, yang melibatkan kos RM17 juta, bermula Mei tahun ini dan mengandungi pembangunan sebuah kawasan dari Jalan Travers ke Jalan Tun Sambanthan oleh Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB).

Projek dua fasa berharga RM35 juta ini melibatkan pembinaan premis perniagaan baru dan kompleks parkir serta pembesaran jalan.

Kolam pancutan air berkenaan adalah yang tertinggi di negara ini, berukuran 7.62 meter dan terletak tidak jauh dari KL Sentral, hab pengangkutan di ibu negara. Manmohan Singh tiba di sini semalam utuk melakukan lawatan rasmi tiga hari ke Malaysia.

Majlis itu turut dihadiri isteri Najib Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, isteri Manmohan, Gursharan Kaur, Presiden MIC Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, para menteri Kabinet, timbalan menteri dan pemimpin masyarakat.

Kawasan Brickfields dihiasi sepanduk berwarna-warni yang mengalu-alukan kedatangan Najib dan Manmohan ke majlis itu.

Hadirin dihiburkan dengan persembahan kebudayaan, termasuk nyanyian lagu pembukaan 1Malaysia oleh 60 murid sekolah serta tarian ‘Selamat Datang’ oleh penari terkenal Ramli Ibrahim.

Selepas persembahan kebudayaan itu, Najib dan Manmohan dihadiahkan selendang berwarna emas oleh Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, manakala timbalan beliau Datuk M Saravanan memakaikan mereka dengan kalungan bunga.

Projek Little India tercetus daripada idea Najib sendiri ketika beliau melakukan tinjauan mesra untuk menemui penduduk Brickfields pada April 2009, kurang daripada 24 jam selepas beliau mengangkat sumpah sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Manmohan Singh tiba di sini semalam utuk melakukan lawatan rasmi tiga hari ke Malaysia.

Dalam ucapannya, Najib berkata kehadiran Manmohan ke majlis itu melambangkan keinginan mendalam kedua-dua negara untuk meningkatkan hubungan Kuala Lumpur-New Delhi, bukan saja dalam konteks antara kerajaan dan kerajaan, yang berkembang dengan positif, tetapi “hubungan ini juga menyentuh hati kebanyakan orang yang tinggal di Malaysia dan di kawasan Brickfields”.

Katanya kunjungan pemimpin India itu juga amat penting kerana ia mencerminkan bahawa hubungan antara Malaysia dan India semakin kukuh dari semasa ke semasa dalam banyak bidang.

Najib berkata majlis perasmian itu amat besar ertinya bagi penduduk Brickfields kerana ia merupakan sebahagian penting daripada usaha kerajaan untuk membangunkan semula bandar.

“Kami ingin mempamerkan kedinamikan, kesegaran dan kemajuan Brickfields…Brickfields memiliki keindahan tersendiri…tempat menjamu selera yang hebat. Paling penting, kerajaan telah mengotakan janjinya untuk membangunkan semula Brickfields,” kata beliau.

Najib berkata kerajaan membuat keputusan untuk membangunkan kawasan itu sebagai Litte India kerana Brickfields, yang merupakan sebuah kawasan menarik, telah hilang serinya.

Katanya majlis hari ini menjadi pembuka tirai bagi era baru yang akan dinikmati oleh Brickfields.

“Brickfields tidak akan seperti sebelum ini lagi…ia akan menjadi Brickfields yang akan menampilkan kepada dunia…sebuah Little India di Malaysia,” katanya.

Dalam ucapannya pula, Manmohan berkata Malaysia mewakili segala yang terbaik dari Asia.

“Ia memiliki kepelbagaian dalam banyak hal dan sebuah negara yang sungguh indah…tempat tinggal rakyat daripada etnik, agama dan latar belakang yang berbeza,” katanya.

Beliau berkata Malaysia juga menampilkan contoh tentang sikap tolak-ansur, keharmonian dan kehidupan bersama secara aman.

“Inilah sebenarnya apa yang kami cuba wujudkan di India,” katanya.

Beliau berkata masyarakat India di Malaysia memberi sumbangan penting terhadap pembangunan negara ini dan mencapai kemajuan dalam pelbagai bidang profesional.

“Keputusan membangunkan Little India ini… merupakan suatu penghargaan terhadap sumbangan semua rakyat Malaysia berketurunan India dalam memajukan negara ini,” katanya.

Beliau juga mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Najib kerana mengilhamkan idea besar ini dan katanya, di bawah kepimpinan Najib, Malaysia memasuki era baru yang penuh dengan kemajuan dan kemakmuran.

Menurutnya hubungan Malaysia-India akan terus berkembang pada tahun-tahun akan datang.

Sementara itu, ketika berjalan-jalan di sekitar kawasan itu selama beberapa minit selepas Manmohan meninggalkan majlis berkenaan, Najib diberi sambutan mesra oleh beribu-ribu hadirin yang berkumpul di situ.

Dalam ucapannya, Raja Nong Chik berkata Memorandum Persefahaman (MOU) antara Malaysia dan India mengenai penubuhan bandar raya berkembar KL-Chennai telah diluluskan secara dasarnya dan dijadualkan dimeterai menjelang akhir bulan depan.

Najib Tun Razak dan Dr. Manmohan Singh bersama-sama melancarkan Little India di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. Turut hadir Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

Ketika Najib Tun Razak melancarkan Little India di Brickfields. Turut hadir Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

Najib Tun Razak dan Dr. Manmohan Singh bersama-sama melancarkan Little India di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. Turut hadir Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

Najib Tun Razak dan Dr. Manmohan Singh bersama-sama melancarkan Little India di Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, semalam. Turut hadir Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin

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1Malaysia Food in Brickfields

Brickfields is famous throughout KL for its Indian, particularly the South Indian, “banana leaf” meal shops, which are cheap and extremely filling. There are also several Chinese coffeeshops offering the usual types of food. At the other end of the budget, KL Sentral’s two five-star hotels have international-standard restaurants where you can dine in style. There is only one Western fast food place in Brickfields, KFC.

Brickfields - banana leaf food

Brickfields - banana leaf food

Chinese

Budget

* Peking Hotel, Jalan Tun Sambanthan (right at intersection with Jalan Travers) – One of KL’s longest standing coffeeshops. Crowds during mealtimes is testimony to food quality. Unique among coffeeshops is that it also has a Indian banana leaf rice stall.

Peking Hotel

Peking Hotel

Splurge

* Chynna, 5th Floor, Hilton KL, KL Sentral. Tel: +60-3-22642264 – Wonderfully over-the-top modern Chinese restaurant that looks like it just stepped out of a kung-fu movie, with waitresses in thigh-slit cheongsams and plaited houseboys serving herbal tea from a pot with a meter-long spout. The menu is equally eclectic: try the pumpkin and shrimp dumplings or the chicken feet in black bean sauce, then finish off with coconut ice cream in avocado sauce. Lunchtime dim sum dishes a reasonable RM8-11 each, but dinner is far more expensive. Open daily 11 AM to 2:30 PM for lunch, 6 PM to 11 PM for dinner.

Indian

* Vindya Curry House. Fantastic, authentic Indian curry of every variety. RM 4.50 – RM 8 for lunch or dinner.

Others

* Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, Palace Hotel, 40-46 Jalan Masjid India, ☎ +603 2273 0100. Sangeetha has a diverse menu that specializes in Indian, Malay, and Chinese inspiret food. There is a large selection of special beverages and a “sweets corner” with many Indian desserts. The restaurant is located in the Palace Hotel on the ground floor

Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant

Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant

Splurge

* Al Nafourah, 8th Floor, Le Meridien, KL Sentral. Tel: +60-3-22637888 – The restaurant decor is as Middle Eastern as they get, with large brass ornaments adorning the entrance and walls, colorful floor tiles and Moorish architecture. Serving authentic Lebanese cuisine, dinner is made even more exotic with a Middle Eastern belly dancer moving to sultry music. The tagine and kebab dishes have always been a favorite here, the semi buffet as well, with its array of cold presentations, hummus, Middle-Eastern salads, condiments, soups, breads and even a carving station for their roast lamb. The main dish comes with a selection of kebabs served with Saffron Ghee Rice or Grilled Vegetables. The semi buffet is priced at RM108 each inclusive of Arabic coffee and Shisha. Open daily 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM for lunch, 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM for dinner.

Padang Batu? Or Brickfields

Brickfields is Kuala Lumpur’s biggest “Little India” and is located just south of the City Center. Its main road, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, formerly knowns as Brickfields Road, is lined from end to end with shops selling Indian clothing, provisions and foodstuff.

Old Brickfields

Old Brickfields

Previously deemed as one of KL’s less savoury areas, Brickfields is undergoing a makeover with the construction of the massive KL Sentral project on top of the old railway marshalling yards (for which Brickfields was known). The KL Sentral area now has a collection of tall office towers and also Kuala Lumpur’s main railway station.

Brickfields

Brickfields

For the purposes of this page, Brickfields will also include the area to the east of the Klang River along Jalan Syed Putra and Robson Heights, where the impressive hill-top Thean Hou Temple is located.

Getting there

By train

Since the opening of the KL Sentral transport hub here, getting to Brickfields could not been easier. KL Sentral is the station for all Keretapi Tanah Melayu intercity and its KTM Komuter trains, the Kelana Jaya light rail transit line, and also the KLIA Ekspress and KLIA Transit fast trains to/from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

While also having the same name, the KL Sentral monorail station is about 200m from the actual KL Sentral complex, and transfering between the two requires you to walk along a covered walkway flanked by stalls. The other monorail station in this district is Tun Sambanthan station located on the banks of the Klang River behind the shopping area.

By bus

Many buses go through Brickfields. The ones going into town terminate at Kota Raya or Klang bus stand. Buses heading out of town serve Mid Valley, Pantai Dalam and some PJ areas. All the Rapid buses now pass through KL Sentral.

Interesting places

* Thean Hou Temple, Persiaran Endah, off Jalan Syed Putra – The Thean Hou temple is one of the largest and most ornate Chinese temples in the region. The six-tiered temple was built by the Hainanese community and is dedicated to Tian Hou, or The Heavenly Mother. But, as an example of the syncreticism of Chinese religion, also houses two other altars, one for Shui Wei Sheng Niang, the Goddess of the Waterfront and another for Kuan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Its grand architecture and fantastic view of the Valley make it a tourist favourite.

Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

* Buddhist Temple (The Buddhist Maha Vihara), 123 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields (opposite KL Sentral), ☎ +603 2274-1141, [1]. Founded in 1894 by the Sinhales to provide a place of worship for their Sri Lankan Theravada tradition, this beautiful temple with eccos of colonialism in the architecture sill supports an active Buddhist community in Kuala Lumpur.

Maha Vihara Temple

Maha Vihara Temple