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Land owners agree to develop Kampung Baru

KUALA LUMPUR: Owners and beneficiaries of land in Kampung Baru land have agreed to the plans to redevelop the area which will retain 100 per cent Bumiputera ownership.

The decision was made during a discussion between Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and 50 representatives of the owners and beneficiaries.

"Now, we're speaking in one voice (on the redevelopment of Kampung Baru)," said Raja Nong Chik at a news conference after the three-hour meeting. He said those involved in the meeting had agreed on the redevelopment plan and wanted it to be carried out comprehensively without affecting the Bumiputera
ownership involving 222 Malay Agriculture Settlement (MAS) areas and 80 acres of government-owned land.

He said the Kampung Baru Development Corporation which is responsible for implementing and supervising the redevelopment would be established next year after it is approved by the  Dewan Rakyat.

He added that several government-linked companies, such as Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), Lembaga Tabung Haji and Perlaburan Hartanah Berhad had been enlisted for the redevelopment projects.

"Among other proposals agreed upon was that the MAS land awarded by the Sultan of Selangor will remain as being owned by the Malays, and any development on the land will be leased to any quarter for any period depending on the developer.

"The corporation established may also help developers and owners obtain a fair price based on the development carried out, whether built in an open area or involving a skyscraper," he said.

Besides that, a special master development plan for Kampung Baru will be prepared by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and may be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak next year.

He said compensation for land premiums is still being decided by the government. He added that redevelopment works in Kampung Baru would be carried out over a period of more than five years.

Also present at the meeting were Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail, Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Ministry secretary-general Datuk Bakaruddin Othman and Kampung Baru Development Association president Datuk Paduka Raja Wan Mahmood Pawanteh.- Bernama

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