Kuala Langat has become a focus for investors and development will be faster than other PBTs
by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by ARIF KARTONO
THE Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) has approved approximately RM6.3 million for the Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) to help increase the districts’ economic activities, tourism and income.
Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin (picture; centre) said of the total figure, in principle, RM5 million will be allocated to MPKL to aid in infrastructure upgrades and another RM1 million was approved on a tourism budget for the Banting Waterfront to add more facilities as a recreational hotspot to attract locals and tourists.
The remaining RM300,000 is allocated to repair certain facilities in the Taman Langat Utama apartments namely the water tank, electrical wiring, stair railing and fence.
She revealed that Kuala Langat has become a focus for investors and it will be a place where development will be faster than other local authorities (PBTs) in the state of Selangor.
“With its resources to increase income in tourism, industry and town planning, these are the factors that will bring results to the MPKL. KPKT is satisfied with the planning provided by MPKL, but it cannot be implemented immediately because the allocation that it requires is very large.
“The old system needs to be streamlined and upgraded so that it can match with the development that will take place with the coming of new investors to the area bringing advanced and progressive technology, as well as with well-planned development and housing,” she told reporters in a press conference after a working visit to MPKL and Taman Langat Utama apartments yesterday.
Based on a report by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority, MPKL recorded the highest investment in Selangor at RM5.7 billion mainly from the paper industry in 2020.
Due to its income of RM135 million in 2020 and dense population, the minister stated that Kuala Langat is closer to becoming a city council.
“I see the potential in Kuala Langat to be the next township that is going to be developed and maybe become one of the most sought-after places in Selangor in the future as there is still a lot of space that is yet to be developed and we can plan accordingly,” she said.
She emphasised that KPKT will focus on matters that will give space to the locals to engage in economic activities during this pandemic, so that they can increase their income.
KPKT will also help provide funds in infrastructure to enhance the tourism industry in Kuala Langat, so that it can bring revenue and attract further investment. In terms of Covid-19 control,
Zuraida warned that since cases in Selangor are among the highest in Malaysia, her ministry has delegated control to enforcement officers in PBTs to take action against people who do not comply with the standard operating procedures, especially at Ramadhan bazaars.
“We hope this can control the situation better. I’m told that the situation in Kuala Langat is still under control.
“I also urged the PBT to actively encourage the people in Kuala Langat to register for vaccinations, so that it can curb the spread of Covid-19 and restore the economy,” she added.