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Monday, June 20, 2011

RM10bil for redevelopment

The urban regeneration programme in Petaling Jaya, which will see redevelopment projects in prime areas over the next five years, is estimated to cost RM10bil, said Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.

Urban regeneration was one of the six economic stimulus packages adopted by Selangor last year to tackle recession and is aimed at creating jobs and generating income as well as making the city vibrant.

“This is still in the pipeline. It will see new projects comprising hotels, condominiums and other commercial developments,” Roslan said after attending Petaling Jaya’s fifth City Day celebration at Petaling Jaya Stadium.

Roslan was referring to the projects that were being planned by the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS), which was said to be involved in projects such as PJ Sentral Garden City and PJ Elevated City.

“All these projects are planned as sustainable development that will provide more jobs in the next five years.

“As Petaling Jaya is not the state capital, we have to strive harder on our own to find allocations for development,” he said.

He also said there were 138 registered residents associations with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ).

“We provide RM2,000 as a yearly contribution to each association,” he added.

Roslan has been quoted in a national Malay daily as saying that the emphasis on physical development would provide a new look for Petaling Jaya, adding that the redevelopment projects would strengthen this city and fulfill the modern lifestyle needs of its denizens through the increase of infrastructure, utilities and public facilities.

The two-day anniversary celebration saw a hive of activities taking place. They included a street food carnival, classic car convoy, street soccer tournament, sand art, colouring contest, cooking competitions and a self-defence demonstration.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri

Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was the guest of honour at the closing ceremony held in the stadium yesterday night that also saw a marching band competition.

To mark Petaling Jaya City Day, Roslan also announced that MBPJ was offering free parking today at the lots owned by the council.

Other activities lined up are the PJ RC Powerboat and Mountain Bike Challenge 2011 on June 25 and 26, and the inaugural Petaling Jaya Green Personality Award. For details, go to

By The Star

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