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Raja Nong Chik hopes to put KL in top 50

KUALA LUMPUR is ranked 79 out of the 130 listed livable cities. The ranking has given Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Datuk Raja Zainal Abidin a new vision — to see it in the top 20 by the year 2020.

He said to achieve that status, there are several measures that need to be fulfilled and one of the main criteria is an effective infrastructure.

“The Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan are pride of the country. For a start, we hope to achieve Kuala Lumpur’s status as the preferred top 20 livable cities through the Greater KL/Klang Valley project under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP),’’ he said during a tea reception held in conjunction with the closing ceremony of the month-long FT celebrations in Precinct 3.

He said under the ETP, the Greater KL/Klang Valley will be transformed into a vibrant city and economic hub with quality infrastructure, green spaces and a comprehensive transportation linkage and WiFi availability.

He said as for Putrajaya, the focus was to transform it into a Green City.

“The distinguishing feature of Putrajaya is that 40% of the city area is designated for green open spaces with artificial wetland and 38km-long waterfront spanning 12% the total area of Putrajaya,’’ added Nong Chik.

He said the population of Putrajaya is 70,000 and with more vibrancy added, it would attract more people to the green city.

“Putrajaya is more than a government enclave. We are confident that with more green features, we will be able to attract not only more people to live here but also attract the business communities,’’ said Nong Chik.

Over 6,000 FT citizens attended the tea reception which was also graced by KL mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail and Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Samsuddin Osman.

Nong Chik also presented a total of RM177,000 to 590 students from Kuala Lumpur who are pursuing courses in Egypt. Others who received monetary contribution include senior citizens, single mothers, disabled communities and Parent-Teacher Associations.

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

Bangsar roads to be upgraded – Raja Nong Chik

Raja Nong Chik berbincang mengenai kesesakan di Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

Raja Nong Chik berbincang mengenai kesesakan di Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

Raja Nong Chik berbincang mengenai kesesakan di Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

Raja Nong Chik berbincang mengenai kesesakan di Jalan Maarof, Bangsar

KUALA LUMPUR: Road upgrading will be carried out in Bangsar to ease the traffic congestion in the area, Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said.

He said the upgrading programme would include providing additional lanes from Jalan Maarof to Jalan Bangsar, improving public transport services and providing strategically located parking areas.

“The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will conduct a study on the development plans so that it won’t inconvenience the 20,000 people living around Bangsar who have faced this problem for 15 years,” he told reporters after meeting Bangsar residents’ representative, here Friday.

The study, to be completed in two to three weeks, would take into account each approved development, he said.

Meanwhile, the ministry would meet Petronas to discuss the possibility of providing a special schedule for taxi drivers to fill their natural gas vehicles to prevent traffic congestion during certain period of the day in the area, he said.

On the redevelopment plan for Kampung Baru, Raja Nong Chik said the Kampung Baru Development Corporation Bill would be tabled to Parliament next month.

“While the bill is being tabled, the ministry will meet the Kampung Baru residents to get their feedback,” he added.

Source: Mmail online

Raja Nong Chik: Matrade Centre and Warisan Merdeka

Big projects eye foreign tenants

The Matrade Centre and Warisan Merdeka, two large property projects worth a combined RM20 billion, will include offices that will be marketed to multinational companies (MNCs).

Proposed site for Warisan Merdeka

Proposed site for Warisan Merdeka

“The two projects will have office towers with full-fledged upmarket facilities, even better than the Petronas Twin Towers,” Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said.

The RM15 billion Matrade Centre will be built by the Naza group. It will include an exhibition centre, residences, offices, a mall and a hotel, spanning 26ha, under a privatisation deal with the government. The 10-year project will be launched next month.

Warisan Merdeka, located within the enclave of Merdeka Stadium and Stadium Negara, will have a 100-storey tower. The project, which will start next year and be completed in 2015, is an initiative by Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB).

Little else is known about the project.

Raja Nong Chik said PNB has done its homework to ensure the project will be viable.

However, PNB will have to address the issue of limited road access as the project is located in a densely occupied area.

“The project is a good move by PNB, which is looking at various avenues to invest. But they must ensure that the tower is taken up as the money is coming from them.

They are answerable to their shareholders.

“PNB also has to ensure that the building is attractive so that investors don’t go to Singapore, Vietnam and India. We will lose then,” he said.

Raja Nong Chik was speaking to reporters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after opening the 2nd International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2010.

He also said that the ministry aims to launch Invest KL by early next year. It will work with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) to encourage MNCs to set up shop here.

The minister expressed confidence that the government would achieve its target of having 200 new MNCs by 2020. Currently, there are 1,800 MNCs in the country.

“While the number is small as compared with Shanghai, which has 16,000 MNCs, and (against the) 4,000 in Singapore, we hope to surpass 2,000 in 10 years.”

Invest KL will target MNCs worldwide, especially from the Middle East, China and India.

Source: Business Times

Raja Nong Chik answers grouses over the new Datuk Keramat market

FT Ministry To Address Grouses Of Datuk Keramat Market Traders

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) — Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said he will discuss with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to address grouses by traders at the new Datuk Keramat market.

He said the traders refused to relocate to the new market building as there were several weaknesses that need to be rectified.

“I admit the weaknesses and have to talk to the mayor so see whether the government can afford to make improvements including the design,” he said after visiting the Datuk Keramat Market Complex here Thursday.

Traders had demanded that DBKL renovate the building particularly the wet market and also improve some facilities.

The new Datuk Keramat market which took ten years to complete was opened last month but traders refused to move in as it lacked facilities while the stalls alloted were small.

— BERNAMA

RM1million for fire victims

RM1m raised for migrant fire victims

Labuan: The contribution for the Kg Muslim fire victims has reached RM1 million, a statement quoting Federal Territories Minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin, stated.
He said RM300,000 came from the Ministry; RM300,000 from the Welfare and Community Department, RM37,000 from the Labuan Liberty Port Management Sdn Bhd, the Malay Chamber of Commerce Labuan, the Kadazandusun Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the private sectors.
The 2,576 mostly Filipino immigrant fire victims lost their homes in the May 14 incident and are now housed at the Youth and Sports Department Hall.
The Philippine Embassy and a restaurant have also come to the aid of the victims. On Tuesday, the Embassy and Mawilla Yacht Club Restaurant donated RM20,000 worth of food while the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (Lofsa) donated RM1,000.
The embassy’s Labuan representative, Norsiah Abdullah, while thanking the contributors, said the gesture would strengthen the relationship between Malaysia and the Philippines.
“We should help them based on humanitarian ground and not by their nationality. All the while, Malaysians have been helping people outside of our country like Afghanistan.
“Now, we have people who lost their homes in our own country, there is no reason for us to leave them alone helplessly,” she said.

Daily Express (Sabah)

Three ways to cut Puduraya jams

KUALA LUMPUR: A number of steps are being considered to reduce traffic congestion at Puduraya, said Federal Territo-ries Minister Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

“There are three strategic steps, including having waiting areas for buses, taxis and passengers.

“We hope to see results by mid June,” he told reporters after joining a gotong-royong campaign at Jalan Ang Seng yesterday.

Another measure was to introduce online ticketing – a move that would significantly reduce traffic congestion during festivals and school holiday periods.

“We will forward the proposal (online ticketing) to the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board.

“We hope the licensing board can discuss the proposal with bus operators and introduce the online ticketing service soon,” said Raja Nong Chik.

He added several measures were already in place, such as banning ticket touts and closing illegal ticket booths.

Raja Nong Chik said a face lift for Puduraya was also in the pipeline and upgrading works were expected to take between three and six months.

On April 25, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak went on a walkabout to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Puduraya and said he wanted an immediate action plan to reduce traffic congestion in both areas.

The Star