KBDC to be restructured by next month

This will allow the Pakatan Harapan govt to revisit the Kampung Baru redevelopment plan


The board of Kampung Baru Development Corp (KBDC) will be restructured by next month to allow the government to revisit the Kampung Baru redevelopment plan.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the full list of proposed names are at the final approval stage with Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“We are forming a new structure of KBDC as what is happening to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). We expect to finalise it by the middle of October,” he told reporters at the 10th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) 2018 in Kuala Lumpur (KL) yesterday.

Khalid said Dr Mahathir is giving high attention to all appointments related to agencies under his purview, including at Putrajaya Corp.

“The PM has been emphasising on city development, especially for Putrajaya. As such, any appointments under this jurisdiction must be discussed with him to ensure that we all get what we agree to,” he said.

Established in April 2012, KBDC comprises 14 members. Based on its website, between 2016 and 2017 the board was chaired by Datuk Affendi Zahari.

Its vice chairman was Datuk Mohd Khay Ibrahim, secretary Zulkurnain Hassan — who is currently CEO — and former DBKL Mayor Tan Sri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

Affendi relinquished his position last month to make way for the restructuring, while Mhd Amin Nordin submitted his resignation letter as DBKL mayor early this month.

KBDC was entrusted as the coordinator, facilitator and prime mover to transform the heritage village at the heart of KL into a modern “21st-century Kampung Melayu”.

The 20-year project, known as the “Kampung Baru Detailed Development Master Plan” (PITPKB) was scheduled to be completed by 2035.

PITPKB includes the development of 17,500 residential units that could accommodate up to 77,000 people within the 121.8ha land area.

The project, however, hit a brick wall since its inception in 2015 as no concrete consensus could be obtained from the 5,300 landowners of the 1,355 plots.

On Monday, The Malaysian Reserve reported that the government is planning to gather all stakeholders through the Kampung Baru Development Congress (Kg Baru DC) by the end of this year, with the aim to get a solid consensus to proceed with the redevelopment programme.

In the report, Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun said the platform will be used to discuss and finalise the ultimate solution for the proposed development of the Malay enclave.

A committee comprising new KBDC members is expected to formulate inputs to ensure the congress solves all issues related to the redevelopment.

Khalid also concurred with Rina’s view that any development in the Malay enclave should uphold the traditional entity and would not leave the Kampung Baru residents aside.

“Maybe we need to legislate so that we can come to an approach of developing the entire area in Kampung Baru without denying the rights of any of the original citizens and their heirs. We are studying it,” he said, adding that PITPKB will be incorporated in the KL City Plan 2020-2040.

Meanwhile, Khalid said the new DBKL mayor will be sworn in next week. The ministry is waiting for the date consented by the king.

“The person will not be a politician,” Khalid said.

At the event, he highlighted the critical need to addressing city planning, development and management as the country is facing an era where 77% of the population is living in cities.

He said KL is expected to have some 2.2 million citizens by 2020.

The urbanisation challenges ahead will include how to undertake solid waste disposal, traffic congestion, air pollution, limited water resources, inadequate supply of housing, as well as the increase in the ageing population.