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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

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

Alien bawa balik Roti John

Hujung minggu lepas masa tengah lepak-lepak waktu petang, kawan kata nak beli makanan di pasar malam. Alamak! Banyak gambar cun boleh di’tembak’ di pasar malam. Tapi last minit punya pasal, kamera kat rumah. Kawan heret pergi pasar malam. Malas sebenarnya, layan movie Monster vs Alien lagi bagus. Tak tengok lagi tp cdnya dah dibeli lama dah. Terpaksa lah menapak ke pasar malam.. err kat mana ye? Tak ingat tapi rasanya di Taman Setapak Jaya, KL.

pasar malam

pasar malam

pasar malam

pasar malam

Jangan pandang remeh pada pasar malam. Bak kata pak cik astro.. Semua ada!! Haha~!! (tak lupe bab tu). Kawan tarik juga. Dia kata nak makan roti john. Alahai~! Apa yang susah sangat. Buat sendiri la. Tapi lain wo~! Kalau terer tak pe la, tapi kalau yang masyuk mcm ni..

roti john

roti john

Fuhh~! Meleleh beb! Kadang-kala pegi pasar malam semata-mata nak beli roti john, tapi hasilnya tak memuaskan. Memang susah nak carik yang betul-betul laju je masuk kerongkong tekak ni. Tapi bayangkan kalau-kalau Alien dalam Monster vs Alien tu tibe-tibe termakan roti john sebelum sempat dia serang bandar tu. Haha~! Tak sempat serang mesti dier duduk je depan gerai roti john tunggu giliran.

Kalau roti john yang anda beli di gerai-gerai pasar malam atau mana-mana, tidak menepati citarasa anda. Roti john tu senang saja nak buat sendiri. Saya tak perlu tulis kat sini cara buat roti john tu, sebab kalau anda tanya saja pakcik google tu, pasti berbelas-belas helaian dia boleh paparkan.

Alamak! Dok cerita pasal roti john, rasa nak makan la pulak. Supper malam ni confirm ROTI JOHN!!

KL Online guide: taxi

With RM3 flagfall (2 km) and around RM0.90/km afterward, red and white normal taxis are reasonably priced and probably the best way to get around, at least outside the congested peak hours. Bright yellow premium taxis have a RM4 flagfall and also charge a bit more by the kilometre. There are also various small surcharges for radio call (RM2), baggage (RM1 per piece), etc.

Taxi in KL

Taxi in KL

While all taxis are supposed to use the meter, when demand exceeds supply or during rush hour, they may ask for a fixed price before commencing travel. This is technically illegal (and reportable), and happens most often with cabbies who lurk outside hotels, stations and major malls, waiting for unwary tourists to come along. Hail cabs off the street if you can, but if you must, at least negotiate hard: RM5 should cover most cross town trips of 15 minutes or so, even with traffic. If you’re staying in an expensive hotel, give a nearby shopping mall as your destination instead.

Taxi in KL

Taxi in KL

It is cheaper to use the meter through the day, although the opposite is true late at night, and especially after midnight, when the displayed meter price at the end of the journey is increased by 50% (ie. at 1AM, if the meter shows RM12, then you have to pay RM12+6).

A few popular places (notably the airport, KL Sentral and Menara KL) enforce prepaid coupon systems, which generally work out more expensive than using the meter, but cheaper than bargaining.

Taxi in KL

Taxi in KL

Combining public transport with taxis can sometime make trips quicker if there are traffic jams.

Some taxi drivers will hang around near hotels offering tours similar to those offered by established companies. Feel free to listen to their offers and bargain with them if you like. Some of these cabbies are quite knowledgeable and you may end up with a specially tailored, private tour for less than the cost of an official tour.

If you get so off the beaten track that you need to call a cab:

  • Comfort Cabs 03-62531313
  • Sunlight Taxi 03-90575757
  • Public Cab 03-62592020
  • Uptown Ace 03-92832333

Ada apa dengan Jalan TAR?

Istana Budaya (National Theatre), Istana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak, ☎ +603 4026-5555, Box Office: +603 4026-5558, [1]. Istana Budaya (meaning Palace of Culture) is home to the National Theatre and is equipped with cutting edge stage, sound and lighting equipment on par with the top theatres around the world. It host productions of both domestic and international origins. The building itself is a beautiful and a tourist attraction.

Istana Budaya

Istana Budaya

So what is there to do in Tuanku Abdul Rahman? Shop till you drop! Escape the heat in air conditioned malls and department stores, dine with people from around the world and haggle for the best deals on the streets.

Jalan Tuanku Adbul Rahman is lined with establish department stores, malls and shopping centers haggling is ok in most location but for the best deals find your way down the alleys to find a variety of goods and fantastic clothing.

Jalan TAR

Jalan TAR

Markets

* Masjid India Bazaar, Along Jln Melayu, Jln Masjid India. Daily. A covered bazaar stretching out from LRT Masjid Jamek towards Little India, quite similar in feel to the more famous Jalan Petaling but not as large or crowded — not necessarily a bad thing.

* Pasar Malam, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman. 5PM – 10PM Saturday. This Saturday night market is an experience whether you are looking for a bargain, local products, or just an authentic Malaysian market experience.

Stores and malls

* Campbell Complex. Textiles.
* GS Gills, 9th Floor 106 Jalan Tuanku Adbul Rahman, ☎ +603 2698-3477. The top sporting goods distributes in Mayalsia, carrying all sorts of sporting equipment and attire.
* Pertama Complex (Jalan TAR). Opened in 1976 as Kuala Lumpur’s very first shopping mall, and still good for cheap shoes, leather ware and other knick-knacks.
* Sogo Shopping Complex, 190 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, ☎ +603 2698-2111, [2]. 10AM- 9:30PM Daily. The BIGGEST department store you will ever see, with 10 floors of shopping, dinning and entertainment. If you budget permits, you can shop here for everything from clothing to high-tech toys.
* The Mall, Jalan Raja Laut (parallel to Jalan TAR, opp Putra WTC).
* Wisma Shen.

pertama complex

pertama complex

Memandu seperti F1

Salam 1Malaysia,

Anda ada kereta? Biasa tak memandu di Kuala Lumpur? Kali ni saya rasa saya nak tulis pasal habit-habit para pemandu di Kuala Lumpur secara umumnya. Saya bukanlah mahu mengutuk tapi blog adalah salah satu cara untuk menyampaikan maklumat kepada masyarakat. Pada mereka yang biasa ‘blog-walking’ lah. Kalau tak buka blog, macam mana nak sampai kepada mereka.

Saya bukanlah sudah lama memandu di KL nih, adalah dalam nak dekat 2 tahun. Dan inilah pemerhatian saya sepanjang saya memandu di sini. Saya pernah memandu di Selangor (setiap hari kerana tinggal di Selangor tapi bekerja di KL),Kelantan, Johor, Terengganu, Kuantan, England, Spain, dan Ireland. Memang tidak banyak, jadi harap maafkan saya kalau analisis saya tidaklah setepat yang sepatutnya, ataupun anda memang dah biasa dengan perkara tersebut jadi ia tidaklah menjadi masalah besar bagi anda.

Pemandu-pemandu kereta di KL suka beri jalan pada orang lain. Kalau hendak dibandingkan dengan pemandu-pemandu di Johor dan Kuantan(maaf orang Johor dan Kuantan, tapi ini telah beberapa kali berlaku kepada saya), mereka agak ‘kurang senang’ dengan pemandu-pemandu luar. Pernah sekali, saya ke Kuantan kerana ingin menghadiri majlis perkahwinan kawan. Di jalan besar, saya berhenti di tepi kerana ingin menjawab panggilan telefon yang agak penting(haha! kerana ingin bertanya arah ke rumah si pengantin). Kemudian, apabila saya hendak sambung kembali perjalanan saya, saya beri ‘signal’ dan bila lihat tiada kereta terus saja saya masuk ke jalan besar. Ada sebuah kereta dari arah yang sama tapi lorong yang paling kanan, terus saja menghimpit saya. Saya faham bahawa dia ingin juga ‘turut serta’ di lorong yang sama. Tapi melihatkan saya yang terlebih dahulu memberi signal dan masuk ke lorong tersebut, saya rasa sayalah yang lebih berhak. Dengan tangkas, dia terus menekan hon panjang dan berkali-kali. Saya agak terkejut.

Terasa seperti tidak dialu-alukan di ‘kawasan orang’. Walaupun kedudukan kereta saya ketika itu betul-betul di lorong tersebut, dia terus menghimpit saya maka saya pun berilah ruang. Dalam hati, dah setahun lebih (pada masa itu) saya memandu di KL tidak pernah pula di’gasak’ sebegitu rupa. Mungkinlah dia nampak seperti saya yang salah, tapi itukah cara dia ‘berkomunikasi’?

Oh! Satu lagi ceritera saya ketika memandu. Ketika saya terpaksa ke Jalan Chow Kit. Faham-faham sajalah bagaimana keadaan sesaknya di jalan-jalan seperti Chow Kit, Jalan TAR, Jalan Tun Razak. Kalau boleh ingin saja saya terbang, walaupun hanya beberapa meter ke destinasi. Kalau boleh!

Kereta pelbagai jenis dan rupa sedang ‘beratur’, dalam kepanasan pula tu. Semua ingin sampai ke tempat tuju. Ada sebuah kereta dari arah kiri saya, mungkin tidak sengaja atau tidak nampak saya. Hampir melanggar pintu belakang kereta saya. Kerana dia ingin menyelit ke lorong saya. Kemudian, dia mengangkat tangan dan senyum tanda maaf. Melihatkan itu, saya sejuk hati kerana budi bahasa yang ditonjolkan. Kemudian, beberapa hari selepas itu, saya ke sebuah gerai makan (di Damansara, Selangor) seperti biasa, makan dan berbual-bual bersama kawan-kawan. Ketika saya mahu pulang, saya masuk kereta dan start enjin. Toleh belakang, kiri dan kanan, tiada kereta. Masuk gear ‘bawah paling kanan’, lihat jalan sekali lagi dan terus undur. Kemudian, bila saya mahu terus ke depan, ada sebuah kereta dari arah parking bertentangan turut mengundur, padahal kereta saya betul-betul di belakang kereta dia. Mungkin kerana kereta dia besar dan ber’bumper’kan besi, maka dia terus saya mengundur tanpa melihat jalan. Saya dalam keadaan terkejut, terus menekan hon. Lepas saja hon berbunyi, bergegar kereta saya seketika. Pintu belakang kanan kereta saya, kemek sedikit. Saya masuk kembali ke parking, ingin melihat dengan jelas. Tiba-tiba kereta tersebut pecut tanpa sebarang ragu-ragu lagi. Terpinga-pinga saya seketika.

Sedih sekali saya, melihatkan perangai sebegitu. Mungkin kita sukar mengubah beribu-ribu perangai negatif orang, tapi semua itu bermula dengan beberapa orang. Marilah kita menjadi beberapa orang tersebut, dan jadikan KL sebagai bandar yang terkenal dengan pemanduan berhemah.