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Old April 26th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #81
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Plaza Rakyat, KL Malaysia - US$1.5 Billion
One of the largets mixed use projects in the world - This project in KL is about to be revitalised, redesigned and recommenced. It will comprise over 1 million sq feet of retail space, 1000 rooms of hotel accommodation, a 90 level commercial office building and completion of a cultural centre and transport interchange - the biggest such interchange in SE Asia.

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Najib wants immediate attention to ease city congestion
- Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 — Three weeks after Datuk Seri Najib Razak went down to the ground to visit three localities in the heart of the city, the prime minister today sprung another surprise when he had a walkabout at the bustling Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) and Puduraya here.

However, he was not happy with the congestion and the inefficiency of the public facilities during his one-hour inspection, according to Federal Territory Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Najib, who was dressed casually in a brown shirt and beige pants, arrived at Jalan TAR, near Semua House at 3.20 pm, accompanied by Raja Nong Chik, his deputy Datuk M. Saravanan and Kuala Lumpur city mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.

At Jalan TAR, which is famed for its textiles and jewellery shops, Najib was briefed by Ahmad Fuad on a proposed multi-storey carpark to be located near Semua House, and other upgrading plans for the areas.

He then spent about 30 minutes walking along the street where he also stopped to chat with the business people and the public there.

Later, he hitched on the crowded LRT (he had to stand) at Masjid Jamek station to the Plaza Rakyat station where he walked to the infamous over-congested Puduraya — where the express bus terminal for the northern and southern zones is located.

To escape the sweltering heat, Najib then stopped by one of the stalls in the building for a cool drink.

Najib, flanked by a phalanx of bodyguards and an entourage of officials, also attracted a large crowd of onlookers, who wasted no time to snap photographs of the nation’s sixth premier.

An excited woman, armed with her camera-phone and squeezing her way through the crowd, was heard saying: “Saya mahu ambil gambar perdana menteri saya” (I want to take pictures of my prime minister).

Later, Najib proceeded to inspect the long-abandoned Plaza Rakyat building project located next to Puduraya before departing at 4.25 pm.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters later, Raja Nong Chik said the prime minister had voiced concern over the lack of facilities and congestion at the places and wanted urgent improvements made.

“He experienced first-hand, by the walkabout and boarding the LRT with the people, what they have to go through daily, like jams and other difficulties, in congested areas.

“He said such problems did not augur well for our country which is seeking to become a developed nation by 2020.

“He has instructed the federal territories ministry and other relevant ministries to ensure the facilities are improved for the benefit of the public,” he said.

On the Plaza Rakyat project, Raja Nong Chik said Najib wanted the developer to be given an ultimatum to complete it.

“The prime minister wanted us to give a deadline to the developer to complete the project. If they cannot adhere, we will terminate the contract and look for other means.

He wants the project to resume as soon as possible,” Raja Nong Chik said.

The project, which initially cost RM1.2 billion had been abandoned for 12 years after it changed hands many times. Its current developer is Global Upline.*

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The Plaza Rakyat project was supposed to comprise three buildings — a 79-storey, 49-storey and 21-storey — for offices, condominiums and a budget hotel.

On the upgrading plan undertaken by Kuala Lumpur City Hall to ease congestion problems in Jalan TAR, Ahmad Fuad said a project for a multi-storey car park was already in the pipeline.

He said contract for the project on a 0.5 hectare land (near Semua House) had already been tendered out and it was expected to begin soon.

“It’s a 13-storey building and is estimated to cost RM50 million. It will house a multi-storey car park, hawker and trader centres, a multi-purpose hall and office space,” he added. — Bernama
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Abandoned Plaza Rakyat project stands out like a sore thumb in city
Friday May 1, 2009
By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ



Stalled: The long-halted Plaza Rakyat project in the city centre.

THE Plaza Rakyat project in Kuala Lumpur was launched at about the same time that the Suria KLCC was being built in the mid-90s.

However, while the iconic twin towers stand majestically tall today, the Plaza Rakyat project has been left uncompleted and stands like a sore thumb at the busy Pudu area.

While many of the buyers have now given up hope on the RM1.4bil project after waiting for almost 15 years, some are still keeping the fingers crossed, hoping that it could be revived as they had invested heavily in it.

Retiree Steven Yong, 65, said when the Plaza Rakyat project was launched in 1996, he paid a substantial amount in downpayment for two shop lots of different sizes, one on the first floor and another on the fourth floor, both costing a total of nearly RM600,000.

“During that time, there was a huge publicity about the prestigious project and it was very promising. It had a sense of security and modernity to it, and it sounded like a real good investment,” Yong said.

“My late wife, who was running a hair salon at the Central Market bought a unit with the intention of moving her business into the Plaza Rakyat. But my wife didn’t live to see her dream come true as, even till today, the project has yet to be completed,” he said.

“Now my son Will has taken over the salon, which is still at Central Market, and we are hoping that the Plaza Rakyat project will be revived,” Yong said.

He said the developer had promised to complete the building in three or four years at the time of purchase but till today, despite various promises, the project was still stalled.

“In 2005, the project developer was asked by the then Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique to provide a timetable of its work schedule till completion, but till now, there is no sign of any progress,” he said.

According to Yong, there are about 200 buyers who are in such a dilemma like him.

“The first floor of the building is completed before work was halted. I am still servicing the bank loan interest for my first floor unit although I am paying nothing for the fourth floor unit,” he said.

The Plaza Rakyat project, developed by Wembley Industries Hol-dings Bhd, is on 6.322 million sq ft of land leased from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for 88 years.

The first phase comprises a retail shopping plaza with a million sq ft of net letable area, a 223-unit 41-storey condominium block, a central terminus for the Light Rail Rapid Transit system (LRT), long haul buses and outstation taxis, and a 150-room tourist class hotel.

The second phase comprises a 72-storey office tower with a million sq ft of letable space and a 19-storey 480-room 4-star hotel, originally scheduled for completion in 1998.

However, work on the project was stopped after the developer landed into a financial crisis.

But there may be hope yet as the developer has been given three months to come up with a plan to revive the project.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:14 AM   #83
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End in sight to Puduraya mess
Friday May 1, 2009
By BAVANI M



Puduraya bus terminal

THE daily traffic chaos at the Puduraya bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur will hopefully end soon, if Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin manages to initiate and implement measures to resolve the problem.

As a start, Raja Nong Chik’s ministry is collaborating with the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB) under the Prime Minister’s Department and the Finance Ministry to tackle the woes relating to the city’s oldest bus terminal.

Raja Nong Chik said after the city walkabout by Prime Minister Najib Razak last Saturday, the Puduraya area was identified as a major source of the daily massive traffic congestion in KL and that immediate steps were needed to improve the situation.

“During a recent Cabinet meeting, the prime minister has given some suggestions on ways to improve the congestion problem in Puduraya,” he said.

“Hence, I will meet Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz from the Prime Minister’s Department and Second Finance Minister Datuk Husni Hanadzlah to brain storm and come up with some measures to tackle the KL traffic woes,’’ Nong Chik said.

Raja Nong Chik told reporters this after presenting cash aid to flash flood victims from Kampung Periok in Kampung Baru yesterday.

He said his ministry would work with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and some transport-related agencies to find some concrete solutions to the Puduraya problem.

“Our priorities will include upgrading the facilities, services and fine tuning the current system to make Puduraya less congested and a better place for the people who are using it,’’ he said.

Asked if he would use the research and studies conducted by the previous administration to help solve the city’s traffic problems, Raja Nong Chik said his meeting with the two ministers would discuss the various short-term plans to solve the problems fast.

“We will do what we can as soon as possible. We will also tackle the more complex problems, using a more holistic approach,’’ he said.

On the stalled Plaza Rakyat project, Raja Nong Chik said that the government was trying to find ways to revive it.

He said the developer had been given three months to resolve the matter, failing which the government would terminate its contract.

Asked if the government was willing to pay compensation to the developer if things did not work out, Raja Nong Chik said the government was trying hard to find a solution which would not incur heavy expenses.
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Stalled project must be revived
2009/04/30
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Plaza Rakyat, which is supposed to be the city’s transport hub,
has been stalled for 17 years.


KUALA LUMPUR: The developer of the abandoned Plaza Rakyat project in the city has been given three months to settle all negotiations with the Federal Territories Ministry.

"If the negotiations fail, we will terminate their contract and look for other ways to revive the project," said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

The RM1.2 billion Plaza Rakyat was abandoned 17 years ago. It was supposed to be the city's transport hub. Its current developer is Global Upline Sdn Bhd.

Asked whether the developer was having financial difficulties, Raja Nong Chik declined to comment.


"Last week, the prime minister, during his walkabout in the city, had called for the Plaza Rakyat project to be revived. He told us to give the developer an ultimatum to complete the project."

Steven Yong Ah Chai, 65, who bought two lots at Plaza Rakyat in 1995, said he and his wife expected to set up business there as they were told that the project would be completed in three years.

But his wife died four years ago. "I hope Plaza Rakyat will be ready before I die," he said.

Raja Nong Chik said the government also planned to upgrade the Puduraya bus terminal, and a meeting would be held soon on the matter.

"This is in response to the prime minister's suggestion after his visit to Puduraya and Jalan Masjid India," he said.

On Jalan Masjid India, he said there was a suggestion to build a 13-storey building which would have a parking lot, hall, futsal and badminton courts.

Raja Nong Chik also said the RM36 million from the economic stimulus package would be used by the Drainage and Irrigation Department and City Hall to repair drains and build higher barriers near rivers to prevent them from overflowing and causing flash floods.[/QUOTE]
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New transport hub to replace Puduraya
2009/05/19
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KUALA LUMPUR: A new integrated transport hub replacing the outdated and overly congested Puduraya bus terminal will be opened in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Cheras.

The new hub, initially built to ferry passengers to Johor and other southern states from here, will now be expanded to cater to express buses nationwide.

The opening of the hub will also see the closure of Hentian Putra, Duta and Pekeliling. Plaza Rakyat, the abandoned project beside Puduraya which was initially supposed to have been a transport hub, will now be used for other purposes when the project is revived.

It is learnt that the move to set up the integrated hub in Bandar Tasik Selatan comes after transport players, especially express bus operators, rejected the initial proposal under the Ninth Malaysia Plan to have different transport hubs to cater for buses bound for northern and eastern states.


"When the integrated hub is ready, Puduraya will be used as a hub for intracity buses", said Minister in the Prime Minister's department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz after a visit to the bus terminal yesterday.

He said the Bandar Tasik Selatan hub was the most strategic location.

"It is near a highway and there is a lot of land for future expansion. One proper hub is better than three. It will not confuse people," he said, adding that passengers would also be connected to the hub by the LRT.

The Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal, which started two years ago, is supposed to have been completed by next year. It is being built at a cost of RM633.8 million and will cover 95,000 sq m. The initial plan was to have 150 taxi bays, 60 bus platforms and 1,000 parking bays.

It is also supposed to be fully integrated with the Express Rail Link and KTM Komuter.

Due to the expansion work to cater to the express buses, Nazri said the project might now take slightly longer than expected.

Joining Nazri during his visit to Puduraya were Finance Minister II Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and his deputy Datuk M. Saravanan.

The ministers spent almost one-and-a half hours at the humid and polluted station and endured the discomfort faced by almost 50,000 passengers daily.

After the visit, the ministers had a three-hour dialogue session at the Federal Hotel with transport industry players representing the express, school and stage buses. Some of them wanted Jalan Pudu to be turned into one way to cater for buses and taxis.

But Raja Nong Chik said the area was already too congested and the proposal would create another jam for the cars.

He said as an immediate measure to reduce the infamous Jalan Pudu jam, express buses would be asked to wait in Jalan Hang Jebat before picking up their passengers in Puduraya.

"There is ample waiting area beside Stadium Negara where they can wait," he said. It was reported that about 300 express buses ended up waiting along Jalan Pudu for more than half an hour each time before they could enter Puduraya.

As for the taxis, Raja Nong Chik said a special drop off and pick-up point would be built inside and taxis would no longer be allowed to wait outside the terminal.

He also declared an all-out war against touts in the Puduraya area.

As for the terminal building, Husni said about RM30 million would be spent to reduce the air and noise pollution and to improve ventilation in the building.

Out of that, about RM5 million would be forked out by the building owner, UDA Holdings, and the rest would be funded by the government.

Some of the immediate steps taken are to change the cooler system and upgrade the toilets. In six months to one year, the lifts will be upgraded and the ticketing counters will be placed on the first floor. The foodcourt will be moved to the fourth floor.

"The first floor will have shops on one side. The revamps will make the waiting area cooler and more conducive," said Husni.

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Plaza Rakyat Contractor To Be Announced August
July 05, 2009 22:33 PM
Source: http://bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=423084

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- The contractor of the revived RM1.2 billion Plaza Rakyat project will be announced next month, said Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

He said the Federal Territories Ministry and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had submitted the terms and conditions of the project to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

"We are awaiting the EPU's decision on the terms and conditions as the project will have to go through the privatisation process.

"The contractor, who wins the project, has three months to decide whether to accept it. Should the contractor reject the offer, a new one will be chosen," he told reporters after launching an awareness campaign of the influenza A (H1N1) at the Bangsar Night Market here Sunday.

He declined comments on the terms and conditions of the project which stalled since 1992.

Located near the Puduraya bus terminal, the project had changed hands several times.

The Plaza Rakyat project was supposed to comprise three buildings - a 79-storey, 49-storey and 21-storey - for offices, condominiums and a budget hotel.

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That would be very good news for this project. It has been a ruin for much too long.
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One little thing about the shorter buildings in the Plaza Rakyat Complex is that they (the 49-storey condos and the 21-storey hotel) look attached to each other somehow.
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I wondered what was going on with that site when i was last in KL. Great site for a transit centre.
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A transit centre that you refer is Puduraya transport terminal. Beside of its terminal is Plaza Rakyat abandoned site!!! Acoording to the recent news. Both Puduraya & Plaza Rakyat would get new upgrade/constructions!

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Property and leisure group UDA Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Jaffar
Abu Hassan (left) and Veritas Interior Bhd designer Shamsuddin Wahap
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ALL is set for Puduraya to be the landmark of KL after its upgrading works are completed by the end of next year.

UDA managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan said yesterday the company welcomed the Prime Minister's comments to upgrade the building for the comfort of the people.

"There would also be a banking hall concept with around 10-12 counters that would provide electronic ticketing services. We feel this would tackle the tout problem," Jaafar said.

He added that currently Puduraya caters for between 75,000 to 80,000 people on a weekday and over 100,000 people on weekends, excluding festive seasons.

When asked if upgrading works for the terminal could cope with the demands when Puduraya is fully converted into a city bus terminal, Jaafar said: "The refurbishment works is to cater for current needs that are pressing. We are not doing it for that (city bus terminal)."

The three-stage makeover, which will cost a total of RM30.3 million, will see the 33-year-old bus hub being refurbished with escalators, walkalators, a bigger and more comfortable waiting area akin to that found at airports.

Electronic ticket booking facilities will also be introduced.

A budget of RM25m that will be used for the refurbishment works was tabled at the Finance Ministry and was approved by the government.

Stage one of the refurbishing works, which would costs RM5.3 million, is funded wholly by UDA Holdings Berhad and ongoing works include upgrading the fire resistance system, building a pedestrian walkway between the Plaza Rakyat LRT station and Puduraya, painting works, upgrading of toilets as well as adding more waiting areas at the mezzanine level.

Other initiatives taken under the second and third phases would include a new food court and surau, adding of more passenger lifts, introduction of children playing area, additional cargo lifts and replacing new exhaust fans at the basement.

There would also be facilities such as toilets and ramps to cater for the disabled.

Puduraya presently houses southern and northern bound buses at its premises.

The new Integrated Transport Terminal-Southern Sector (ITT-S) in Bandar Tasik Selatan is due to be completed by the end of next year and would see the operations of southern bound buses from Puduraya shifted there.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz had said that Puduraya would be turned into a city bus terminal, and a new bus hub to cater for northern bound buses would be built either in Gombak or Selayang.

UDA to take over Puduraya Hotel

THE operations of Puduraya Hotel will be taken over by UDA Holdings Sdn Bhd by next year.

This was made known by UDA managing director Datuk Jaafar Abu Hassan at a Press conference yesterday.

Though the hotel was built in 1976, the management and running of the hotel was leased to Puduraya Hotel Sdn Bhd.

“In the past we did not have experience in the hotel industry and thus it was rented out. We have, however, been toying with the idea to take over the running of the hotel for the past six to seven years. Now that we will be spending a lot to refurbish Puduraya, we think it is fit for us to run the hotel as well.”

Jaafar said the hotel would be managed by Uda AnCasa Sdn Bhd by Feb 1.

“We are also taking over the Puduraya Hotel operations in light of the upgrading being carried out in Puduraya.”

Notices too have been served to the current operators of the hotel.

The group presently operates AnCasa Hotel and Spa KL, AnCasa AllSuites Resort & Spa Port Dickson, Jerejak Rainforest Resort Penang, and Kuala Terengganu Golf Resort.
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THE contractor of the revived RM1.2 billion Plaza Rakyat project will be announced next month, said Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

He said the Federal Territories Ministry and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had submitted the terms and conditions of the project to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

"We are awaiting the EPU's decision on the terms and conditions as the project will have to go through the privatisation process.

"The contractor, who wins the project, has three months to decide whether to accept it.

"Should the contractor reject the offer, a new one will be chosen," he told reporters after launching an awareness campaign of the influenza A (H1N1) at the Bangsar Night Market yesterday.

He declined comments on the terms and conditions of the project which stalled since 1992.

Located near the Puduraya bus terminal, the project had changed hands several times.

The Plaza Rakyat project was supposed to comprise three buildings - a 79-storey, 49-storey and 21-storey - for offices, condominiums and a budget hotel. -- Bernama

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What the minister says...
2009/07/21



Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin says his main
priority is to improve the living condition of the city’s poor.


KUALA LUMPUR: It has been 100 days since Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin was appointed the Federal Territories Minister on April 14.

While he is focused on making Kuala Lumpur a world-class city, his main priority is still the improvement of the living condition of the poor.

He said his work is guided by the 7Ps — Pembangunan (development); Perumahan (housing opportunity for the poor); Penjaja dan Peniaga Kecil (hawkers and petty traders); Pengangkutan (transportation); Penyelenggaraan Prasana dan Kemudahan Awam (maintenance of infrastructure and public amenities); Perkhidmatan dan Penguatkuasaan (delivery of service and enforcement); and Prihatin (concern towards grouses and complaints by the public).

Raja Nong Chik said as the Umno Lembah Pantai division chairman, he still spends time with the people in the area but what used to be an hour-long discussion was now shortened to 15 minutes because of his tight schedule.

He meets the people at least three or four times a week and interacts with the public on the online social networking website, Facebook. He also has his own blog and uses Tweeter to keep in touch with the public.

In conjunction with his 100th day in office today, Raja Nong Chik shared his views on several issues which are close to his heart:

l On improving living condition of the poor:

It is still my main priority to improve the living condition of the city’s poor, especially those with a household income of less than RM1,500 monthly. I am not only looking at providing them with a better place to stay but also an improved maintenance of low-cost flats and job opportunities.

This can be done by awarding them hawker’s licences to help them increase their income. We can also help them by providing them with a house which is near their workplace as they will be able to cut down on transport expenses. An improved public transport will also be a big help to these people.
We are also extending financial aid through the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territories Foundation) including to single mothers and the disabled and also those in need of medical aid.

l On improving delivery service and enforcement by City Hall:

I have always stressed the importance of being promptquick in responding to complaints by residents. There are certain things that need time (for deliberation) before action is taken but we have to keep the complainants informed of the status of their reports.

City Hall needs to buck up in its enforcement, but they must do it with due consideration for the people.

l On traffic jam and insufficient parking in the city:

There is only one way to overcome these problems — improve the public transport system. Currently, the ratio of people driving compared to those who use public transport is 70 per cent to 30 per cent. It is supposed to be the other way around.In order to reduce traffic jam, we have to increase the number of people taking bus and trains to travel, thus reducing the number of vehicles on the road. At the same time, it will also solve the insufficient parking space and indiscriminate parking in the city.

Transport is under another ministry, but we can help to achieve this goal by working closely with them by giving our feedback and facilitating the process. The same goes with issues involving other government agencies.

l On the revival of the Plaza Rakyat project and the opening of the RM70 million integrated transport hub at Bandar Tasik Selatan:

We have to do something about the Plaza Rakyat project which has been stalled for years. We have given an ultimatum to the developer — either they resume work or we will find another company to do it. I hope to see some progress soon.

As for the Bandar Tasik Selatan hub, I have gathered some feedback from residents who are worried that the hub will worsenadd more traffic on the already congested road there. Once the project is completed next year, we will see about 500 express buses coming in and out of the area daily. City Hall is working on finding a solution to the problem.

l On grouses raised by residents on the KL Draft Plan:

I have to admit that there were certain things in the draft plan which were done without consulting the residents. I have to focus issue by issue while still having the overall interest of the public in mind.

Take Kampung Padang Balang, for instance. It is a Malay reserve land, so the residents are obviously upset with the development plan which includes extending the light rail transit (LRT) line, which will take up some of the plots. Sure, the residents there as well as other KLites had the opportunity to voice out their grouses during the public hearing, but prior consultation should have been carried out beforehand.

I have to make sure that the residents’ rights to their land are not violated just for the sake of development. In making decisions on the draft plan, I have to look at what is being presented to me by the committee in-charge of the public hearing, get some feedback from the mayor, Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail, and also from the residents.

I remember going to my parents’ house in Petaling Jaya and having to put up with the noise from an LRT project in their backyard. But it is for the benefit of the public and now I can hardly notice the train passing by whenever I’m there (laughs).

l On the extension of the Keramat Mall:

We are in the midst of acquiring land to build an extension to the existing Keramat Mall. The Datuk Keramat hawkers and petty traders had previously refused to move into the new complex as they were unhappy with the layout. But we are now involving them in the design and planning.

We always must have the stakeholders in mind when making decisions. In this case, the stakeholders are the residents and the hawkers. If they are not happy with the development, then our efforts will go to waste. That is why it is important to get their feedback beforehand.

l On Kampung Baru redevelopment:

I can’t say much at this moment as I have yet to meet the residents there. All I can say is that the landowners will not lose out.

l On keeping in touch with the public through Facebook:

My children taught me how to use Facebook after getting my wife to sign up. It is a useful tool for me to get feedback, especially from youngsters, who mainly use the Internet. It also serves as a platform for me to gather suggestions and views from the public. I may not be able to meet everyone but I can reach out to them through this channel. I am on Facebook every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.

I have my own blog and I’m also active on Tweeter to keep the public informed of my activities.

As much as I want to spend more time meeting the people, I also need to do a lot of reading which will help me make informed decisions. If I spend too much time outside, I will not have the time to study the proposed plans and will end up making mistakes.
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100 days at the helm
Monday July 13, 2009
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AS Federal Territories Minister Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin approaches his 100 days in office, he spoke candidly of his experiences as the fifth FT Minister.

The relatively unknown corporate figure whose appointment surprised many shared some of his thoughts and visions with StarMetro and discussed his aspirations of turning Kuala Lumpur into a liveable city, his feelings when accused of being a sexist and how much he missed the simpler things in life.

StarMetro (SM): What about Plaza Rakyat?

RNC: The project will be revived. The EPU is now finalising the new terms and conditions with the developer who has been given a grace period to decide whether they want to take up the offer. If not, we will terminate the contract and call for fresh bids. It is 37% ready and there are some changes to be made, but the base will be the same. This project must go on or else it would be a waste.

SM: There are so many abandoned projects in KL. Shouldn’t the contractors or developers be liable for it?

RNC: Future projects will take into account the needs of the rakyat rather than the developer. However, people still ask why we (the Government) can’t take immediate action against bad developers. It’s not that easy. They have rights, too, and can sue. And, if they win, we will be forced to compensate them.

More news > http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.as...5&sec=central#
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