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Parks and clean living will bring in talent, say expats

MORE parks instead of shopping malls will help draw more global talent to Greater Kuala Lumpur.

This is the verdict of expatriates interviewed by the New Straits Times.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel Kuala Lumpur general manager Stephen A. Cokkinias said an education system on a par with global education would attract professionals with families to migrate here.

He commended the existing road networks but called for a wider rapid train system from KL to the surrounding nine local authorities that made up Greater KL.

“There is no need for more shopping malls. More parks are needed as well as residential areas with clean air.

“Even recycling must be promoted as a foreigner choosing to stay here wants to know that the city they live in will stay healthy for years to come.”

My Second Home Leisure chief consultant Michele Kok said her clients loved to buy properties near parks or green belts.

“They like areas with security like the condominiums in Mont Kiara.”

Kok works for one of the companies serving participants of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) initiative by the Tourism Ministry.

Kok suggested that for Greater KL to work, there should be a dedicated government agency such as MM2H to address the needs of the expatriates.

“Under MM2H, we act as agents to help foreigners in their dealings with government agencies, as sometimes there is a language barrier resulting in miscommunication which may turn them off,” she said.

One of Kok’s clients, Korean You Yang Hee, 57, said the main reason that attracted her to buy property at Mont Kiara was security.

“I could have chosen to go to Jakarta, Manila or Bangkok, but I chose KL because it is safer. Also, it is cheaper to play golf here, which is my passion. The cost of living is also cheaper.”

However, You, who drives, finds it hard to find her way outside of KL because of ill-placed road signs not written in English.

“Also I find roads in KL and its surrounding areas to be dirty.”

She added that the broadband connection here was slow and unreliable.

Ian Hal, an architect, said KL could be a very frustrating city.

“KL is a low-density area with townships sprawled across it and wasted undeveloped ground lying in between. There are vibrant places like Damansara Utama and Taman Tun Dr Ismail that have nice cafes and shops.

“But because it is spread apart, people have to rely on cars to travel to these places.”

Hal, who uses public transport to travel, said bus stops at non-strategic locations made his life miserable. But Hal, who has travelled to other Asian countries, commended the country’s tolerance and hospitality to foreigners.

Greater KL, a 10-year plan to transform the region into the best place to live, includes 10 local authorities which are about 279,327ha in size. They are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selayang, Ampang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang, Kajang and Sepang.

Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin had recently said Greater KL was targeted to be in the top 20 list in world economic growth and most liveable metropolis by 2020.

Source: NST

ICT Facilities: Residents In Isolated Areas Not Neglected

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) — Residents in isolated areas and low cost houses in Kuala Lumpur will not be neglected from enjoying information and communication technology facilities, said Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

He said efforts would be made to ensure providers of the facilities, like Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), made available the facilities in the affected areas.

Although, Kuala Lumpur had 100 per cent Internet coverage, there were residents in some areas in the city who had yet to be exposed to ICT, he added.

“The Barisan Nasional government never forgets residents in these areas and today’s launch of TM’s broadband with netbook package for Kuala Lumpur residents is proof of the government’s commitment to enculture the use of ICT in the society,” he said when launching the package at the Sri Perak Public Housing, Bandar Baru Sentul, here Saturday.

Raja Nong Chik, who is also Federal Territory Umno deputy liaison chairman, said the public should utilise the opportunity provided by TM for them to have access to the Internet.

“Think about your children’s future. It is true that there is the negative side to the Internet, like gambling and pornography, but with monitoring by parents and the use of filters, it will make it safe for children,” he added.

–BERNAMA

Raja Nong Chik di Ambang 2010 KL

Raja Nong Chik pun turut serta sambut tahun baru. Memang la tak pelik kalau pak-pak menteri atau orang kenamaan nak sambut tahun baru, tapi pak menteri yang seorang ni memang biasa nampak di kalangan rakyat umum. Selalu nampak beliau di kawasan setinggan. Selalu juga turun ke kawasan perumahan kos rendah. Kali ni nampak lagi muka beliau di Dataran Merdeka. Sambutan tahun baru kat Dataran Merdeka tu bukan untuk orang muda saja ye.

Tahun baru 2010 disambut meriah dan berwarna warni

KUALA LUMPUR: Pertunjukan bunga api berwarna warni, muzik dan tarian bergema sekitar Kuala Lumpur ketika berpuluh ribu orang berpesta menyambut kedatangan Tahun Baru 2010.

Jalan-jalan utama ditutup bagi membolehkan pengunjung mengucapkan selamat tinggal kepada 2009 dan bersama-sama mengikuti kiraan detik ke Tahun Baru sambil diselangi persembahan daripada artis tempatan dan luar negara.

Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin menyertai lebih 20 ribu rakyat Malaysia yang membanjiri Dataran Merdeka bagi menyambut ketibaan Tahun Baru 2010 sambil menyaksikan Konsert Ambang 2010 Kuala Lumpur anjuran AmBank Group.

Laungan “Selamat Tahun Baru” dan “Satu Malaysia” bergema di udara dan diiringi dentuman bunga api mewarnai bandaraya Kuala Lumpur sebaik saja jam menunjukkan tepat 12 tengah malam. – Bernama

Saya rasa ni adalah salah satu cara beliau untuk tunjukkan kepada orang awam bahawa menteri-menteri atau ahli politik pun adalah manusia biasa. Nak sambut hari-hari penting seperti orang lain. Saya rasa cara Raja Nong Chik ini tak salah, malah sepatutnya dipandang positif oleh semua pihak.

Ni ada beberapa gambar yang saya ambil dari facebook beliau. Walaupun saya turut serta ke Ambang 2010 KL tu tapi tak berkesempatan nak bergambar dengan Raja Nong Chik. Heh heh!

Raja Nong Chik

Raja Nong Chik

Lagi gambar Raja Nong Chik.

Raja Nong Chik

Raja Nong Chik

Raja Nong Chik

Raja Nong Chik

Memang saya tak nafikan yang banyak gelaja-gelaja sosial dan aktiviti kurang sihat berlaku ketika aktiviti-aktiviti seperti ini diadakan, tapi jika ia dilakukan dalam keadaan terkawal pasti perkara yang tidak elok dapat dielakkan. Setidak-tidaknya, kita dapat mengajar dan menunjukkan contoh yang baik mengenai menyambut hari-hari penting itu elok tapi hendaklah berpada-pada. Betul tak, Raja Nong Chik! Hehe!

Raja Nong Chik bercakap mengenai program pembersihan Kuala Lumpur

Food heaven at Golden Triangle: part 1

You’ll find any kind of food that you ever wanted to try in the Golden Triangle. For budget streetside food, there is Jalan Alor (although the area is becoming a little too touristy), while expensive restaurants line Changkat Bukit Bintang. Jalan Imbi and the roads running off it have many Chinese restaurants. Jalan Bukit Bintang near the intersection with Jalan Sultan Ismail is becoming the focal point of KL’s Middle Eastern restaurants. All the malls in the Golden Triangle have foodcourts where you can try local and international fare in comfortably air-conditioned surroundings.

Malaysian

Budget

Budget restaurants, and “street stalls” are located almost everywhere in town, and these are good places to try the “real” Malaysian food, though hygiene can be sometimes an issue.

  • Lot 10 Food court, Lot 10 Shopping Complex basement – Provides an excellent spread of Malaysian food in hygienic and air-conditioned comfort at prices that are only slightly above those outdoors. (Note: As of 1 Nov 2009, the basement of Lot 10 now has a supermarket, not a food court. The food court at the Pavilion may provide an alternative.)
Lot 10 Food Court

Lot 10 Food Court

  • Sungei Wang Food court, on top floor of Sungei Wang, one of the cheapest food courts in the area, big selection of Chinese rice dishes, plus other stalls selling Chinese, Indian and vegetarian dishes.
  • Signatures Food Court, 2nd Floor, Suria KLCC – Very good selection of Malaysian specialities from throughout the country. During lunchtime very popular with the employees of the Petronas Tower.
Signatures Food Court

Signatures Food Court

  • Laksa Shack, Second Floor Suria KLCC – Specializes in nothing but the many forms of the Malaysian laksa noodle (all RM8.60), but the sour Assam Laksa is usually the top seller.
  • Nasi Kandar Pelita,  149, Jalan Ampang (opp Corus Hotel) – A huge outlet of Malaysia’s largest nasi kandar chain, with long queues snaking out at lunchtime. Ordering is easy, just choose and point, but be sure to ask for their specialty kuah campur (mixed gravy), meaning that you get half a dozen curry sauces splashed on top. Air-con available upstairs. Open 24 hours, most servings RM5-10.
Nasi Kandar Pelita

Nasi Kandar Pelita

Mid range

  • Asian Flavours Food Court, 4th Floor, Suria KLCC – A collection of restaurants offering both Malaysian and international fare. Among them are:
    • Madam Kwan’s, Lot 420/421, Fourth Floor, Suria KLCC – Very popular restaurant with excellent local fare in a pleasant ambience. Try the nasi lemak (RM12.80) or the meltingly smooth beef rendang (RM6.80), and wash it down with a bowl of sweet green chendol (RM5.50). Get there early to beat the queues.

Splurge

  • Bijan ,  3 Jln Ceylon – Modern-styled décor in a home-like setting with outdoor verandah-garden compliments the well prepared (though perhaps slightly overpriced) Malaysian food. Classy patrons and impeccible service however make it worth a try. Around 60-90RM per adult.
Bijan Restaurant

Bijan Restaurant

  • Seri Angkasa,  Atop KL Tower – A revolving restaurant that has a good reputation, but is (inevitably) fairly steeply priced. The RM65++ lunch buffet is comparatively good value. (RM40-45 for afternoon tea, RM140 for dinner accompanied by piano either 6-9pm or 9-11pm slot, reservations almost essential for evenings)

Chinese

Budget

  • Jalan Alor stalls – This is now one of KL’s busy food streets and coffeeshops with chairs and tables placed right on the sidewalk line the entire street. You’ll be able to find the usual coffeeshop fare like Hokkien fried noodles, wantan mee, char koay teow, bak kut teh, grilled seafood, chicken rice and the works. All places sell bottled or canned beer. The prices may not be the lowest in KL but certainly still affordable.
Jalan Alor stalls

Jalan Alor stalls

  • Super Noodle House, LG-001, Lower Ground, Sungai Wang Shopping Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail. Tel: +60-3-21424729. Location: 3°8’41.39″N ; 101°42’41.21″E – One of the best Hong Kong-style restaurants in KL. Menu includes porridge, wantan mee or chicken rice. Good food with reasonable pricing.

Mid range

  • Hakka Restaurant, 6 Jalan Kia Peng. Tel: +60-3-21431907 or +60-3-21431908 – There are many restaurants serving Hakka food in KL, but this is the only one named “Hakka restaurant” . Located within a stone’s throw from the newly-opened KL Convention Centre the Hakka Restaurant is now at the junction of Jalan Kia Peng and Jalan Bukit Bintang near the Pavilion shopping complex. Hakka Restaurant has been serving up its famous dishes for more than 40 years in KL. Try the chicken, sharksfin and shiitake wrapped in lettuce or the ever-popular stewed pork with steamed mantou dumplings. Patrons may opt for indoor air-conditioned seating or enjoy the breezy night air at the el-fresco section with a cold beer. A definite must-try for the ex-pat, most dishes RM10-20.
  • Overseas restaurant, 84-88 Jalan Imbi, Tel+603-21449911

This is one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur attracting a clientele ranging from local billionaires to middle class families. The reason is the food is outstanding and if you care to take a little time and book a day or two earlier you can order any number of special dishes that are typically but not necessarily more expensive. Service is haphazard and as prices are cheap, a discrete tip to one of the Captains and the waitress however, will change everything. Favorite dishes here include the ‘Har Lok” which are large river prawns cooked in a thick soya based sauce(order well before you arrive at the restaurant), the suckling pig sandwich, the asam fish (your choice of fish, usually pomfret cooked in tangy sauce, Char siew (honey roasted pork- very popular so order at least before you arrive), Ngow Lum (Beef Brisket in Clay pot-advance order day before), Double boiled chicken soup(advance order), Belly of pork braised with salt fish in a clay pot, steamed fish, Roasted baby Duck.The Beggar duck, sweet and Sour Pork and the double fried rice are also delicious although many of the dishes are meant for plain steamed rice.

Shopping at Golden Triangle

Bukit Bintang is the main shopping area of the Golden Triangle with many of KL’s most well-known malls. The main shopping streets are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Imbi. KLCC has the popular Suria KLCC mall while the adjacent Jalan Ampang also has several shopping complexes.

Bukit Bintang

  • Sungei Wang Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang (direct bridge to Monorail Bukit Bintang), Bukit Bintang. A great place to buy cameras and watches (discounts are given for cash payments, although credit cards are accepted). Sungei Wang also hosts a concentration of tailors of men’s and women’s clothing. This is a maze of a mall, take a compass with you to find your way out!
Sungei Wang Plaza

Sungei Wang Plaza

  • Lot 10,  Jalan Bukit Bintang, (direct bridge to Monorail Bukit Bintang), Bukit Bintang. A favourite among Malaysians and tourists alike, Lot 10 is Bukit Bintang’s very own “Emerald City”, housing boutiques that will appeal to shoppers looking for goods in all price brackets. It houses the Isetan department store.
  • Starhill Gallery,  Jalan Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, adjoining JW Marriott Hotel. The nearest station to this mall is Monorail Bukit Bintang. Starhill is a literally an English translation of “Bukit Bintang”. A shopping centre that rivals Suria KLCC for designer goods. A must-visit for watch aficionados as the ‘Adorn’ floor (1st floor) houses the biggest selection of designer wrist-watch boutiques like, amongst others, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Roger Dubuis, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Tag Heuer, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Patek Philippe and Rolex, of course. Great if you have lots of cash to splurge.
Starhill Gallery

Starhill Gallery

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,  Jalan Bukit Bintang, opposite the Starhill Gallery. This KL’s latest luxury megamall is an anchor piece of the world-class urban development comprising two luxury residential towers, a corporate office. The mall has six distinctive precincts, Couture Pavilion, Bintang Circle, Gourmet_Emporium, Connection, Seventh Heaven and Home that contains approximately 450 stores, providing customers with infinite choices and the latest in fashion, entertainment, health and beauty, electronic, gourmet food and countless others. There is pedestrian bridge that links the mall to KLCC.
  • Low Yat Plaza, Jalan Bukit Bintang (Monorail Imbi, walk past Melia and turn left into an alley before Imbi Plaza or exit from Monorail Bukit Bintang towards Jalan Bukit Bintang south), Bukit Bintang. A good place for computer hardware, game consoles and handphones. A “must visit” for the tech inclined. All IT Hypermart (4th floor) is a good one-stop shop, but there are dozens of specialist computing boutiques for the enthusiast.
  • Berjaya Times Square, Jalan Imbi (direct bridge to Monorail Imbi), Bukit Bintang. A gargantuan ten-story shopping mall that houses world’s largest Borders bookstore, Malaysian department store Metrojaya, the Cosmo’s World theme park plus an IMAX theater. The upper floors are still a bit sparse but it’s starting to reach critical mass and can get quite packed on weekends.
Berjaya Times Square

Berjaya Times Square

  • Other shopping malls in the Bukit Bintang area include BB Plaza, KL Plaza, a mini retail annexe known as Piccolo Galeria.

KLCC

  • Suria KLCC, – Located beneath the Petronas Twin Towers (LRT Kelana Jaya Line: KLCC). An upscale shopping centre with plenty of designer labels and brands, KLCC has quickly become one of the top hangout-spots in KL. Some very good eating options too. You will see more tourists than locals here though. The LRT stops at another shopping mall called Avenue K. There is a tunnel from the train station which links to Suria KLCC.
KLCC

KLCC

Have fun at the famous Golden Triangle

Although the main thing to do in the Golden Triangle is shopping and savouring its nightlife, you can also indulge is some cultural activities like watching performances both local and international, and maybe even try your hand at batik painting. Several five-star hotels in this district are starting to offer spa treatments, albeit in urban confines. You’ll also find Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park here.

Performances

  • Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC – The home of the well-regarded Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is nestled at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, offering performances of classical music most Saturdays at 8:30 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM, with tickets starting at just RM25. Advance bookings are possible online. Note that a strict dress code applies: long sleeve batik or lounge suit for gala and evening performances, “smart casual” (no jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sneakers and slippers) for other performances.
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

  • Saloma Theatre Restaurant, 139, Malaysian Tourism Centre, Jalan Ampang. Tel: +60-3-21610122. Fax: +60-3-21629122 – Yes, its does have a manufactured, dinner-entertainment quality to it but this may be your only opportunity to see the full colour and splendour of Malaysian cultural performances. Shows are held between 20:30 and 21:30.

Theme Park

  • Cosmo’s World, 4th to 9th Floor, Berjaya Times Square (Monorail Imbi). Noon-10PM. Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, located on the upper floors of the giant Berjaya Times Square mall and particularly notable for its hair-raising seven-story indoor roller coaster. The park is divided into two sections, one geared for small children, the other for those who want a little more excitement; one ticket gets you into both. Adults(Foreigner;RM38 on weekday, RM43 on weekend and holiday , Children(Foreigner;RM28 on weekday, RM33 on weekend and holiday.

Cosmo's World

Cosmo's World

Arts and craft

  • Karyaneka, Jalan Conlay, off Jalan Raja Chulan – A government-set up which showcases Malaysian art and craft. You can get the chance to dabble at batik painting or basket weaving here.

Karyaneka

Karyaneka

Spa

  • Pamper Zone, Unit 6-8-2 Plaza 393 Queen Park Ave. Starhill Gallery, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Tel. +603 9287-3933 – An impressive cluster of spas whose services offerings range from world class, all day treatments (RM600), to affordable facials and one hour long full body massages (RM100).