The New Ft Ministry’s Priorities: Kampong Bharu, Rivers, Hawkers…Third Vote On Backburner

Newly appointed Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said his immediate priorities would be to work on the Kampong Bharu redevelopment project, the River of Life project, and hawkers’ welfare.

Also said he would form a working group comprising all elected MPs in the Federal Territories, including Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives for Putrajaya and Labuan if they wanted to join, so that they would have greater decision-making powers in the development of the Federal Territories. All Kuala Lumpur federal lawmakers are from Pakatan Harapan (PH).

He also said he would postpone “for a while” development projects that have been awarded but not yet implemented to understand them better first, but did not specify which ones.

On the redevelopment of Kampong Bharu, complicated by overlapping land title claims in the underdeveloped Malay enclave in the city centre, Khalid said he had to look at the current status of the project. “It was an issue raised quite a few times in Parliament. We have to make sure things are going as planned, with agreement of residents within Kampong Bharu,” Khalid said.

Then-Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor told Malay Mail in 2015 that besides the problem of multiple ownership of land titles, Kampong Bharu residents were demanding to be paid up to 10 times the market worth of their land.

The Kampong Bharu redevelopment project comprises four phases spanning 20 years under the Kampung Baru Detailed Development Master Plan that was launched in 2015.


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