I’m open to discussing redevelopment plan, says Khalid

KUALA LUMPUR: Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said he was willing to meet Kampung Baru landowners to resolve the enclave’s redevelopment issue.

“I’m open to ideas and discussions on the Kampung Baru redevelopment plan,” he said.

“If some of them wish to remain there, we could work it out, maybe by rearranging the places of residence to make the area more organised. We can’t leave it (Kampung Baru) as it is.

“I understand concerns raised by the people there, including to protect the land status for Malays. We are open to ideas and feedback from the landowners.”

Khalid said this after flagging off the Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Morning here yesterday.

He also called on all quarters to refrain from politicising the redevelopment of Kampung Baru.

“Do not politicise the issue. Umno had previously championed the redevelopment proposal, but when we (the government) are moving forward with the plan, it now objects to it.”

Khalid said the titles for the land plots in Kampung Baru were held by two or three generations of families.

“They want to know what’s going to happen to their land and whether the redevelopment will ever take place. We don’t want Kampung Baru to be left behind as development progresses with time.”

Redevelopment of the Malay enclave was mooted in 1984 by Kuala Lumpur City Hall. However, progress had been slow due to land ownership issues.

The Kampung Baru Development Corporation was then formed in 2012 to act as the coordinator, facilitator and prime mover in the redevelopment of the enclave.

Land for the village was gazetted under the Malay Agricultural Settlement in the 1900s.

It covered an area of 90.1ha and was given out to Malays from various parts of the city so that they could live in one area and retain their village lifestyle.

The Kampung Baru area also covers another 17.9ha land outside the settlement, as well as 16.3ha of land in the Pasar Raja Bot area.

Currently, there are 1,381 land plots comprising 5,300 landowners and heirs of original landowners.

Kampung Baru, known for its historical values and bubur lambuk, is home to more than 17,000 people.

Sumber: New Straits Times