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Old April 12th, 2005, 12:50 PM   #1
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PETALING JAYA (PJ) - A city?











Some hot on idea, others cold towards it




By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ
Photos by CHUA KOK HWA and ABDUL RAHMAN SENIN




Fifty years ago, Petaling Jaya was a small residential place. Most of it was rubber and palm oil estates and tin-mining areas.

V. Prasannan, 75, who has lived in Petaling Jaya for the past 45 years, said Old Klang Road and Jalan Templer were the only main roads in Petaling Jaya in the 1950s and early 1960s.

There were no industrial areas and most of the people worked as government servants in Kuala Lumpur.

“Either that or they worked in the estates. Property prices were as low as 30 sen a square foot and the cost of living was cheap.








MPPJ's main office in Jalan Yong Shook Lin then.






“But then, Petaling Jaya was a well-planned town, even from the beginning,” said Prasannan.

Over the years, progress and growth have transformed Petaling Jaya into one of the most developed towns in the country.

From the two main roads, Petaling Jaya today has roundabouts and flyovers connecting various parts of the town.

Buildings have sprung up like mushrooms and thousands of people from all over the Klang Valley flock to shopping complexes in Petaling Jaya over the weekends, while thousands more travel in and out of the town to work during the weekdays.

Due to huge demand, property prices have gone up to RM100 per square foot today.

There is also an industrial hub and job opportunities are aplenty.

Major highways, such as the Damansara-Puchong Highway, cut through Petaling Jaya which is also a hub for students to further their studies in universities and colleges.

Facilities such as bus and train services are easily available, while hospitals, libraries and sports complexes are within easy reach.

“It is now a busy town with lots to give to people. Compared to the old times, it has more facilities to offer and everything is nearby,” added Prasannan.

In fact, Petaling Jaya has developed so much that it fulfils the criteria set by the Housing and Local Government Ministry to acquire city status.









Section 14 Petaling Jaya is a hub, but places like Bandar Utama and Mutiara Damansara are catching up fast.







Petaling Jaya North MP Chew Mei Fun said Petaling Jaya was ready to be a city because it had developed much over the years.

“In fact, in some criteria, Petaling Jaya is much better than what the ministry has asked for.

“Although it can still be upgraded in terms of infrastructure, with city status there would be more funds for more improvements to take place,” said Chew.

Damansara Utama assemblyman Datuk C.K. Lim agrees.

Lim said though Petaling Jaya was developed both economically and socially, it still lacked other facilities like a museum.

“Petaling Jaya must be given city status. It is already developed but with more funds, there can be better facilities for the people,” said Lim.

Bukit Gasing assemblyman Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng said Petaling Jaya deserved to be given city status because it had achieved much in a short time.

He said Petaling Jaya should be given due recognition.

“Also, with more funds that comes with city status, it will motivate public servants to serve better and keep up to the people’s expectations,” said Lim.

Bukit Lanjang assemblyman Yong Dai Ying said Petaling Jaya should be given city status because it had fulfilled the criteria needed for it.








Joel Lim...'I prefer the old Petaling Jaya'








On the other hand, long-time resident Joel Lim, 66, from Bukit Gasing, said the town deserved city status because it was developed, but preferred the old Petaling Jaya better.

“Should Petaling Jaya be given the city status? Yes. But personally, I prefer the old Petaling Jaya because it was not crowded with cars, people knew each other and crime was almost non-existent,” said Lim, who has lived in the town for 35 years.

Derek Fernandez, 40, who has lived in the municipality for 24 years, felt that Petaling Jaya should not be given city status, saying it was a centre for family, education, religion and retirement.

Fernandez said Petaling Jaya did not have the infrastructure to cater to a high population density and it could damage the quality of life.

He said Petaling Jaya had developed to its maximum capacity, and there was no room for further development even if it acquired city status.

Fernandez added that instead of focusing on Petaling Jaya, other places in the country could be developed to be like Petaling Jaya.

“Instead of giving Petaling Jaya city status, maybe we could provide better quality of life for the residents by concentrating on better services,” said Fernandez.

Fernandez said the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) first proposed for the municipality to be given city status in 1986, but 11,000 residents objected to preserve the values of Petaling Jaya.

Meanwhile, Janet Lim, 59, from Jalan Carey, said Petaling Jaya could not be developed anymore because they was no room for development.

“Therefore, I don’t think there is any need for city status. MPPJ should just improve on the facilities and services to the people by being more proactive.”
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Old April 12th, 2005, 12:52 PM   #2
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There is a hindrance, but an exemption is sought





By SALINA KHALID



The Selangor government is backing Petaling Jaya's application to be accorded city status.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said the state government had forwarded the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council's application to the Housing and Local Government Ministry, and was waiting for an answer.

“Petaling Jaya has met the requirements for a city in all aspects,” he said after the official opening of Multipurpose Hall in Section 5, Petaling Jaya, recently. Present at the function were exco members, Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng and MPPJ president Datuk Ahmad Termizi Puteh.

Dr Khir said Petaling Jaya was comparable to other cities in infrastructure, facilities and population. However, the Federal Government’s ruling of a “one state, one city” prevents Petaling Jaya from being made a city.

He said the state had requested for an exemption.

Currently Sarawak is the only state that has been exempted from the ruling and it has two cities – Kuching Utara and Kuching Selatan.


Dr Khir said according Petaling Jaya city status would boost the morale of residents and local authority staff.

“The upgrade will boost property values, which will then lead to attracting more residents,'' he said.

Dr Khir also announced that Selangor had succeeded in reducing the number of hardcore poor to almost zero. Currently, the Statistics Department records show that the state has only 0.2% from about six million of its population in the hardcore poor category. The figure, he said, could be considered zero by United Nations standards.

Earlier in his speech, Dr Khir urged Section 5 residents to fully utilise their new multipurpose hall and help prevent vandalism.

The RM1.5mil hall is equipped with air-conditioning and recreational facilities for the local community.
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Old April 12th, 2005, 12:55 PM   #3
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Ministry’s criteria for city status:


- It must be a state's centre of administration.



- Population of more than 300,000 people.



- Financially stable with a yearly revenue of not less than RM80mil.



- Vast physical and financial development.



- A business and industrial centre with stable financial institutions.



- A centre for higher education, complete with universities, libraries and colleges.



- Possesses unique historical background and acts as cultural and sporting hub.


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What PJ has:



Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ)




- MPPJ is an administrative centre for Selangor.



- Population in Petaling Jaya is about 500,000 people.



- The annual revenue for the current term is RM185.5mil (although the assessment rate has not been increased since 1992).



- Areas under MPPJ are constantly under development, especially up- coming places such as Damansara Perdana, Bandar Utama and Mutiara Damansara.



- Petaling Jaya is a pioneer industrial area in Malaysia.



- There are more than 23 colleges and universities in Petaling Jaya including Universiti Antarabangsa Islam campus branch at Section 17, Universiti Institute Technology Mara campus branch at Section 1, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) campus branch at Section 13, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) main campus at SS6 Kelana Jaya and Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST) main campus at SS7. There is the Petaling Jaya Community Library in Jalan Selangor.



- MPPJ is the first new town development in the country as development began in 1953. Although Petaling Jaya does not have a museum, there is a proposal to set up Museum Warisan Petaling Jaya at Taman Jaya. There is also a sports complex at Kelana Jaya.
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Old April 12th, 2005, 01:04 PM   #4
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Yeah, i read it today at school as well. Now i only realised why they refused to give PJ a city status just because selangor already have Shah alam as a city. Like Sarawak, i think selangor should been given the exception as well.
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Old April 13th, 2005, 10:02 AM   #5
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“Although it can still be upgraded in terms of infrastructure, with city status there would be more funds for more improvements to take place,” said Chew.
I didn’t know of such a privilege. Who provides these additional funds by the way?



Personally I think it would be great if PJ attains the city status it deserves. However, the 1986 protest is something we have to look at too. Perhaps the city status should come with an assurance that the serenity of old PJ is preserved. But even from 1993 to now (which I can remember), PJ has changed a lot, physically and socially, without any city status. So what was the use of the 1986 protest? Besides a lot of PJ houses are leasehold properties apparently. Several residential units were also converted to commercial status recently.


If PJ becomes a city, would Subang Jaya be included? Just a thought…
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Old April 13th, 2005, 10:21 AM   #6
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^ The funds would be from the Fed Govt

Yea.....PJ is developing leaps and bounds despite the fact that it is not a city so why bother to protest?

SJ wouldn't be included as only areas under MPPJ would be part of the city. SJ and part of Sunway City is under MPSJ and I believe MPSJ soon would become a city as well as it is developing faster than most 'cities' in Malaysia.

Screw the 'one city one state' thing lah.......its just a bunch of political manouvering.....just give the city title to those city shich deserves it lah

I find the Sarawak thing silly as how could a 'smallish' city like Kuching are considered as two cities (Kuching South and Kuching North) while the metropolis of KL consist of two cities as well (Shah Alam and KL) given the difference in size? It just doesn't make sense
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Old April 13th, 2005, 02:06 PM   #7
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Maybe the whole KL metro should be officially announced as Metropolis of KL ??
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^ Aiyah....just KL would be sufficient lah......you dun see people naming London as Greater London or Tokyo as the Megalopolis of Tokyo
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Old April 18th, 2005, 12:50 PM   #9
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One state, 3 Cities ???

Sunday April 17, 2005

Miri town set to become resort city next month

MIRI: Miri town – Sarawak's oil capital – is set to be elevated to resort-city status next month.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, who is Miri MP, announced yesterday that the proposal for the move, tabled by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, was approved at the recent Cabinet meeting.

“The approval will be forwarded to the King for his endorsement and final decision. The state government will soon be sending a high-level delegation led by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam to have an audience with the King, who will issue a decree to allow the city declaration to proceed,” he told a press conference.

Chin said the state government had chosen May 20 as Miri Resort City Day because of the date 20.05.2005.

This date would have to be endorsed by the King, he said.


NEW CITY: Central part of Miri showing its beauty in this aerial view. Proposal to elevate the town to resort-city status was approved at a recent Cabinet meeting.

“The Miri Municipal Council will be elevated to a city council after the King’s endorsement,” he added.

“The question now is: What do the people of Miri want to do with this city status? Is it going to be just another city or will efforts be made to make it the cleanest, the healthiest and most friendly city?” Chin said.

He added that the new status came with much responsibility.

Miri town, home to the country’s first onshore oil platform, located at Canada Hill, is Sarawak’s second biggest urban centre with a population of 270,000.

It is also the state’s centre for timber production, sawmill operations and palm oil production, as well as a destination for shopping and recreation, especially for those from Brunei, which is located only 35km north.
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"the said Municipality of George Town shall on the First Day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty seven and forever thereafter be a city and shall be called and styled the CITY OF GEORGE TOWN instead of the Municipality of George Town and shall thenceforth have all such rank, liberties, privileges and immunities as are incident to a city." - Queen Elizabeth II
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So, Sarawak has:
-Kuching Utara
-Kuching Selatan
(one is city council and another city hall, can't remember which is which)

and by next of the month,
-Miri (city council)

So, one state 3 cities wor....how ar????

I wonder if Miri is more deserving than PG or PJ ???
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"the said Municipality of George Town shall on the First Day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty seven and forever thereafter be a city and shall be called and styled the CITY OF GEORGE TOWN instead of the Municipality of George Town and shall thenceforth have all such rank, liberties, privileges and immunities as are incident to a city." - Queen Elizabeth II
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huh???
can be like this 1 meh?
i jz think only capital of state hv require for update became a city b4
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What is "The Importance of Being City" ???
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No idea either. I guess a city gets more allocation for gov't funding? Anyway, different states different political and economic situation, so I'll just leave this city status thingy to the authorities.
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just imagine.........MIRI CITY ...........big commercial centre for northern sarawak........cool eh........
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Yet another city??? (2 cities in Kedah??)

seems like the one state one city rule is no more????

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err....mods, do you guys think that the "city" threads should be merged together??
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well, i guess there will be some changes by 2010. After all that's just 10 yrs away from 2020
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well, i guess there will be some changes by 2010. After all that's just 10 yrs away from 2020
hey...Wawasan 2020 still on?
It doesn't appear in our local newspaper much lately...

It seems like "Yesterday" after Mahathir...
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hey...Wawasan 2020 still on?
It doesn't appear in our local newspaper much lately...

It seems like "Yesterday" after Mahathir...
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What is "The Importance of Being City" ???

The first few posting of this recently-merged thread would provide you with a much needed answer.

Mostly it is about attracting investments, residents and all the buzz. Another very important issue is funding for development
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