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Bandaraya KL Disasarkan Duduki 20 Tangga Teratas Dengan Pendapatan US $15,000 Menjelang 2020 – Dato’ Raja Nong Chik

MELAKA, 11 April (Bernama) — Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur disasarkan menduduki tangga 20 teratas dalam indeks boleh berdaya huni dengan pendapatan tinggi sebanyak US$15,000 menjelang 2020.

Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin berkata, pada masa ini, Kuala Lumpur menduduki tangga ke-79 daripada 130 bandaraya dalam indeks boleh berdaya huni mengikut Economist Intelligence Unit (EIA), sebuah badan penyelidikan Amerika Syarikat.

“Antara bidang yang akan diberi penekanan dalam usaha melonjakkan Kuala Lumpur di persada antarabangsa ini termasuk peningkatan kemudahan pengangkutan dan aspek kehijauan,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menutup Seminar Penduduk 2011 anjuran Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL).

Seminar tiga hari berakhir hari Isnin dihadiri oleh lebih 200 wakil penduduk seluruh Kuala Lumpur. Ia dirasmikan oleh Datuk Bandar DBKL Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail untuk mendapatkan maklumat yang lebih terperinci tentang Bajet DBKL dan juga penerangan mengenai “Greater KL” dan tempat-tempat ikonik.

Beliau berkata program transformasi Kuala Lumpur itu juga sebagai memenuhi program di bawah Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKEA).

Raja Nong Chik berkata bidang pengangkutan mengambil masa untuk ditingkatkan kerana penambahbaikan infrasturuktur mengambil masa dan kesannya tidak akan dilihat dalam masa yang cepat.

Mengikut laporan DBKL, mod pengangkutan awam Kuala Lumpur mencakupi 12 peratus mengikut data 2009 berbanding kawasan metropolitan utama lain seperti Singapura, Hong Kong dan Tokyo, yang mempunyai mod pengangkutan awam lebih tinggi yang melebihi 50 peratus.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata EIA juga mengambil kira elemen kebersihan dan kehijauan bagi penarafan bandaraya boleh berdaya huni.

Beliau berkata pendapatan tahunan sebanyak US$7,000 isi rumah penduduk Kuala Lumpur pada masa ini perlu dilonjakkan dua kali dalam mencapai sasaran US$15,000 dalam tempoh 10 tahun ini.

Sumber: BERNAMA

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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

Greater KL to be a top metropolis by 2020 – Raja Nong Chik

KUALA LUMPUR: Greater KL is targeted to be in the top 20 list in world economic growth and most liveable metropolis by 2020, says Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Commenting on the 10-year plan to transform the city into the best place to live in, Raja Nong Chik said the ministry would lead Greater KL to simultaneously achieve the target.

“We aim to be the only metropolis in Asia.”

Ten municipalities have been included under Greater KL to create a sprawling liveable city and economic hub. They are Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selayang, Ampang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Shah Alam, Klang, Kajang and Sepang.

The 279,327ha size of Greater KL is about four times the size of Singapore.

Raja Nong Chik said besides the ministry, the Economic Planning Unit and the Performance Management Delivery Unit, under the Prime Minister’s Department, City Hall and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) were also involved in making Greater KL a success.

The ministry will be in charge of leading the overall planning while City Hall and SPAD will execute the projects. “The Selangor state government is also included.”

Raja Nong Chik said so far, the ministry had not held a meeting on the Greater KL plan but he believed the Selangor government would cooperate. “It is a win-win situation. So I hope politics will be put aside.”

He said Greater KL was the Federal Government’s initiative to create more job opportunities and a better public transport system.

Minister in charge of EPU, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, recently said that Greater KL was about driving the economy and improving the quality of life. He expected Greater KL to help the country reap RM115 billion a year in income over the next 10 years.

Raja Nong Chik said 20 per cent green areas were planned for Greater KL, stating that Putrajaya, which boasts 34 per cent greenery, was the best model.

City Hall would provide a 42km-walkway throughout the city and would spearhead the upgrading of the Klang and Gombak rivers. “They will be a hub for activities where people can jog and cycle.”

Raja Nong Chik said all the projects were expected to begin next year.

“Other big plans include building an underground railway line.”

Source: NST