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Monday, May 14, 2012

Islamic City set to take shape in Shah Alam

Popular landmark: The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque.

SECTION 5 in Shah Alam is set to be turned into an “Islamic City” after the final plans have been approved by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and Selangor government.

The “Islamic City” includes a 20ha area surrounding the iconic Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah mosque and Shah Alam Lake Gardens.

Five consultants presented their designs for the development of an “Islamic City” at a workshop held at The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently.

Representatives from Ikhtisas Planner, AJC Planning Consultants, IZM Planning Consult, DPZ Asia and Prof Emeritus Dr Ismawi Zen, who is a lecturer in the Architecture and Environmental Design, presented their designs and how each could use the area after taking into account the lake, mosque and courts, nearby.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said he was sceptical when the idea was first mooted by Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan.

However, he said the idea made sense and it was now time to turn those dreams into reality.

He added that the state together with MBSA would also have to come up with ways of preventing traffic congestion with the influx of cars into the city.

Khalid also wanted the “Islamic City” to be an ideal location for businesses, educational institutions and other activities.

“We have to look at all angles from marketing Shah Alam to designing the area,” he said.

He added that Islamic elements and traditions should also take precedence in one’s design.

He said the design and architecture should also be appropriate.

The cost of the project has yet to be determined but it would be between RM2bil and RM3bil as it covered a large area.

When completed, Khalid said it would be a new breather for Shah Alam and could further boost the city’s potential in business, tourism and art.

He said he wanted to look at all designs and recommendations before deciding to go ahead with the project at the end of the year but declined to comment on when the project would be completed.

By The Star

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