Bandar Malaysia site to be cleared from next month

Physical development of the new facilities currently range between 85% and 96%, says Najib

By P PREM KUMAR & DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

The proposed 196ha — equivalent to the size of 486 football fields — land for the Bandar Malaysia project in Sungai Besi is expected to be vacated early next month, to pave the way for the multibillion mega development.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak said the Kuala Lumpur Air Base in Sungai Besi will be relocated to a site in Negri Sembilan from December this year.

The transfer involves the assets of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Royal Malaysia Police and Royal Artillery Regiment, Najib said.

“Physical development of the new facilities currently range between 85% and 96%, and are at various phases of completion,” he said in a written parliamentary reply yesterday.

Najib was responding to Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, who had asked on the latest development of the Bandar Malaysia project.

The prime minister said some of the new facilities have been completed and transferred in June 2015.

“Three more facilities were physically completed and are in the process of being handed to end users,” he said.

Najib said the federal government has spent RM1.1 billion for the Kuala Lumpur Air Base relocation project, which is a portion of the overall cost.

The remaining cost is to be borne by 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Bandar Malaysia was touted to be an urban redevelopment of the old airport in Sungai Besi, to support Greater Kuala Lumpur as a new engine of growth.

A mixed development, Bandar Malaysia was said to promote liveability by housing green infrastructure, sustainable housing, and with a range of commercial and lifestyle facilities.

On Dec 31, 2015, 1MDB sold 60% of its equity in Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd for RM7.41 billion, as part of its rationalisation plan to reduce its RM45 billion debt.

The stake was sold to a consortium comprising Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd and China Railway Engineering Corp (M) Sdn Bhd.

The consortium was later dropped as the major developer, due to its inability to secure financing. A search for the new developer is currently ongoing.