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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Property demand boost in Greater KL

Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley will need to house one million new residents by 2020, says the Economic Transformation Programme report

DEMAND for medium- to high-end properties in Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley (Greater KL/KV) is expected to increase to match regional peers, the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) report said.

Greater KL/KV will need to house one million new residents by 2020, the report added.

Currently, the population of Greater KL/KV is about six million, contributing RM263 billion or 30 per cent to the nation's Gross National Income (GNI).

Over the next decade, Greater KL/KV is targeted to grow in population by 5 per cent annually and achieve a GNI growth of 10 per cent a year.

The economic aspiration for Greater KL/KV is to grow its GNI contribution to RM650 billion by 2020, the report noted.

The economic clusters that will contribute to growth is the Sungai Buloh land development, Sime Darby Vision Valley and Matrade centre as well as the Kampung Baru, Blackwater and Batu Kantomen mixed developments.

Others include the Kuala Lumpur International Financial District, commercial projects in Pudu and Cochrane, the Sungai Besi Bandar 1Malaysia mixed development, Media City Angkasapuri and Global Healthcare Metropolis.

The Greater KL/KV has been identified as one of the 12 National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) laboratories to drive rapid growth parallel with upgrading the city's liveability.

The report said strategic redevelopments such as the old Pudu Jail site, the old KTM railway station and Chinatown has the potential to create more iconic places within Greater KL/KV, adding to its liveability.

Across the 12 NKEAs, Greater KL/KV has the largest public sector funding requirement of RM58 billion or 34 per cent of the total investment requirement.

Greater KL/KV covers 10 municipalities, each governed by local authorities - Kuala Lumpur City Council, Perbadanan Putrajaya, Shah Alam City Council, Petaling Jaya City Council, Klang Municipal Council, Selayang Municipal Council, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council and Sepang District Council.

The ETP has outlined nine entry point projects that will be pivotal towards achieving the nation's aspiration for Greater KL/KV to achieve a top 20 ranking in city economic growth by 2020.

The aim is also to attract 200 new MNCs by 2020. Attracting 100 such firms will contribute about RM40 billion in annual GNI to Greater KL/KV.

There are now 1,600 MNCs based here, compared with 17,000 in Shanghai and 6,000 in Singapore.

By Business Times

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