Meanwhile, company partners Unicef on Malaysia’s 1st inclusive playground in Shah Alam
By FARA AISYAH / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
SIME Darby Property Bhd (SD Property) remains optimistic on the development of Malaysia Vision Valley (MVV) in Negri Sembilan, despite the government’s decision to review the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore highspeed rail (KL-SG HSR) project, which was envisioned to increase the plot’s value.
SD Property COO of township Datuk Wan Hashimi Albakri Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri said the developer had held discussions with the new federal and Negri Sembilan governments regarding the RM290 billion project.
“We are positive about the development of MVV, notwithstanding the exclusion of KL-SG HSR project. We have engaged with the new federal and also state governments, and they are also very positive on the MVV project.
“It is because MVV is not a one-off project, it is a project that is going to be a game changer for Negri Sembilan and the country’s economy,” he told reporters at the signing ceremony between SD Property and United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in Shah Alam yesterday.
MVV, which will span across a 153,375.86ha plot of land, is focused on a variety of industries including healthcare, education and tourism.
Wan Hashimi Albakri added that nothing has been decided yet on the potential partners or investors for the mega project.
The proposed KL-SG HSR station is in Labu, Negri Sembilan, and it is expected to provide the economic corridor with international connectivity.
However, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently proposed the deferment of the KL-SG HSR project due to its high development cost.
Meanwhile, SD Property has formed a partnership with Unicef to build Malaysia’s first inclusive playground in its Elmina township in Shah Alam, Selangor.
Scheduled for completion in the first half of 2019, the inclusive playground will be an integral part of the township’s 300-acre central park.
SD Property GM of business unit 1 Appollo Leong Yong Kuan said the company invests RM1 million for the inclusive playground.
“The initial budget we have allocated for the inclusive playground is around RM1 million. But it might be expanded in the future because the playground could be expanded into other parks in the township as well.
“RM1 million is only for the first part of the project,” he added.
As part of the agreement, a Best Business Practice Circular and Guidance Toolkit will be produced to help property developers who want to emulate the best practice example.
The inclusive playgrounds enable children with and without disabilities to play together as equals, and create opportunities for intergenerational interaction within families as well as social cohesion of the wider community.
Leong said it is in line with the City of Elmina which promotes healthy lifestyle from family wellness to occupational wellness.