PETALING JAYA (Dec 14): Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said Ampang could be declared a city next year, the Malay Mail reported today.

“Only one criteria that they have to qualify which is a university in the area, but the ministry is willing to look into it because there are so many private higher learning institutions in Ampang,” she told the Malay Mail after launching the Taman Dagang Community Hub here today.

She also said that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has met the other requirements of administering a population of over 500,000 people and recording a revenue of RM100 million from its 24 localities.

Zuraida, who is also the Ampang MP, said she also set alternate goals for MPAJ and its chief, Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain, to meet.

These include introducing a trash-for-cash scheme and community hub projects in all its localities as well as a command centre at Pekan Ampang.

“If he can complete all that in the next year, I will grant the city status,” she said.

There are currently 14 other cities in Malaysia which are Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Alor Star, Johor Baru, Melaka City, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Kinabalu, Miri, Kuching North, Kuching South, Balik Pulau and Seberang Prai.

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