Kg Baru Development Congress aims consensus by year-end

The platform will be used to discuss and finalise the ultimate solution for the development of the Malay enclave

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By TMR File

THE government plans to gather all stakeholders in the long overdue Kampung Baru redevelopment plan including landowners, developers and various agencies in a congress scheduled to be held by the end of the year.

Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun said the platform will be used to discuss and finalise the ultimate solution for the development of the Malay enclave, to salvage what was left by the Kampung Baru Detailed Development Master Plan (PITPKB), which seem to have hit a brick wall since its inception in 2015.

“We know there are seminars, engagements and meetings held previously to address this issue, but this time, we want to settle it once and for all.

“The Kampung Baru Development Congress (Kg Baru DC) aims to get solid consensus among the residents to proceed with the redevelopment programme,” she told the press after meeting with the Kampung Sungai Baru residents in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.

Rina said a new committee will also be set up to organise the congress, comprising all existing stakeholders including Kampung Baru Development Corp (KBDC) and resident associations.

“KBDC is in the middle of a restructuring process and I have submitted a few names to the Ministry of Federal Territories who is in charge of this body.

“There are also issues pertaining to resident associations — some of them were not appointed according to the right procedures. We will need to sort it out as their voices are important.

“After the restructuring process is complete, we will set up the organising committee to manage the congress,” she said.

Datuk Affendi Zahari, who was appointed as KBDC chairman, recently told The Malaysian Reserve that he had relinquished his position last month, believed to make way for the restructuring process.

Kampung Baru, formed by the British colonial authorities in 1900, comprises seven villages over about 300 acres (121.41ha) designated as a Malay Agricultural Settlement (MAS).

The prime location is currently the sole remaining large tract of developable land in the city centre with an approximate worth of over RM4 billion.

The master plan, PITPKB, was launched by KBDC in 2015 to transform Kampung Baru into a modern Malay village in the heart of KL city centre, expected to be completed by 2035.

A total of 17,500 residential units are expected to be developed in the 121.8ha land area, to accommodate up to 77,000 people with an estimated construction cost of RM30 billion.

However, much of the land has been passed down through Malay families for generations and divided among descendants — resulting in a whopping 1,355 lots owned by 5,300 people which delayed land acquisition process for many years.

Rina said despite the exciting transformation plans that had been outlined, Kampung Baru must also conserve its traditional image which could also add tourism value to the city.

“It must be well-managed and planned and no original resident should be left out in the name of redevelopment,” she said.

She added that the upcoming congress is expected to be attended by Council of Eminent Persons head Tun Daim Zainuddin.

Meanwhile, Rina said the redevelopment of Kampung Sungai Baru, located adjacent to Kampung Baru, must also be inclusive to all the original owners in that area.

At the 5.26ha land, a 54-storey condominium was proposed to be developed by Suez Domain Sdn Bhd, offering all the residents units of houses which are equal to their current living spaces.

Suez Domain GM Aqmal Azam Ahmad said after two years of engagements, 50% of the total 360 house units in Kampung Sungai Baru had officially agreed with the plan, while 10% has shown their interest to be part of the development.

“This project is not as complicated as Kampung Baru, which sits under MAS status. It is a leasehold land. We are looking to get a minimum of 80% of them to sign in via these kinds of engagement sessions with the residents, as well as their local leaders,” he said.

As the land has passed its 40 years of leasehold period, Aqmal Azam said it is more viable for the premium city centre land to be redeveloped.

The company had also guaranteed to renew the leasehold title if the project materialises.

Aqmal Azam said currently, houses at Kampung Sungai Baru are valued between RM100,000 (flats) and RM300,000 (landed), while each unit of proposed condominium would be valued at more than RM1 million.