PM unveils four ETP dimensions to realise greater KL aspiration

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday, Oct 25 unveiled four dimensions identified in the Economic Transformation Programme to realise the Greater KL/Klang Valley aspiration.

The Greater KL/Klang Valley project has a vision to attain the status of the world's top 20 cities enjoying sustainable economic growth.  

Najib said the first dimension — Greater KL/Klang Valley as a Magnet — is to attract more dynamic multinational companies to establish their global or regional headquarters at Greater KL/Klang Valley.

The second dimension — Greater KL/Klang Valley Connect — is to have a regional network to develop the transportation system to link Greater KL/Klang Valley and also develop a transportation network in Kuala Lumpur city by implementing the high capacity Mass Rapit Transit (MRT).

The third dimension — Greater KL/Klang Valley New Places — is to identify high potential and attractive destinations in Greater KL/Klang Valley to be upgraded to improve liveability for the people and to woo tourists to visit

The fourth dimension — Greater Kl/Klang Valley Enhanced Services — is to ensure the divide between basic services is given attention to improve liveable in the city and boost the tourism sector.

"We have set the target to be the world's top 20 liveable cities by 2020," he said in his speech at the launch of KL Metropolis on Tuesday.

The text of his speech was read out by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Najib said projects and major initiatives planned under the 10th Malaysia Plan towards transforming Greater KL into a world-class city include the Kuala Lumpur International Financial Centre (KLIFD), Sungai Besi Airport redevelopment, Sungai Buloh Township development and Malaysia Truly Asia Centre.

Najib said he wanted a firm commitment from Naza TTDI to ensure KL Metropolis played an important role in fulfilling the government's aspiration that Greater KL becomes the nation's economic engine besides realising the vision to transform Kuala Lumpur into an international standard landmark city.

With its strategic location, KL Metropolis would serve as an ideal extension to Kuala Lumpur City, he said.

"I understand that KL Metropolis will have a hub for retail and cultural activities, office space, housing and a spanking new exhibition centre of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) and an iconic landmark.

"I hope KL Metropolis will attract multinationals and foreign investors from diverse sectors," he said.

By incorporating smart development features, green buildings with sustainable designs, Najib hoped KL Metropolis development would pave the way for other development projects in the country. — Bernama

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