SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the land in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, will be sold to a government agency to be developed, not to other parties.
He said the government agency would help landowners to develop Kampung Baru without neglecting the original features of the location.
“Previously, the land plots in Kampung Baru were under the Malay agricultural reserve land status.
“Now, the land owners cannot farm there. They can only do business there, but they do not have enough money to develop the land.
“We can see old houses with rusty zinc roofs there. It is an eyesore in the middle of the rapidly-developing Kuala Lumpur, which is full of skyscrapers.
“This does not reflect on the position of the Malays, who are actually as successful as other people,” he said at a media conference after delivering his speech at the Malay Dignity Congress here today.
Last Tuesday, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad was reported to have said that the Kampong Baru Development Corporation (PKB) had received 700 to 800 forms from residents of the area regarding the redevelopment plan.
Khalid said that some 90% of the land owners had agreed with the offer of RM850 per square foot from the government.