GREATER KUALA LUMPUR / KLANG VALLEY
Greater KL/KV is already on the global map as one of the iconic citiesof Southeast Asia. It boasts world-renowned landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, a unique blend of diverse cultures and heritage, an extensive road network and high quality basic services such as water and electricity. However, it now faces fierce competition from neighbouring cities in attracting talent and multinational corporations. Its livability lags many other Asian cities, public transport remains inadequate and many natural assets remain untapped.
Targets and aspirations
Our economic aspiration is to grow GNI contribution from approximately RM258 billion to RM650 billion per year. This should move GNI share from approximately 30 percent of the nation’s GNI to approximately 40 percent. Growth in Greater KL/KV economic activities will increase total employment from 2.5 million in 2010 to 4.2 million by 2020. Additional aspirations include increasing per capita GNI from RM40,000 to RM70,000 per year, achieving a top-20 ranking in the EIU Liveability Index survey and growing the population from 6 to 10 million, with a focus on growing the foreign talent base from 9 percent to 20 percent of the population.
Nine EPPs along four dimensions have been identified to deliver on the Greater KL/KV aspirations.
1. Greater KL/KV as a magnet
Dynamic international and regional multinational companies that are emerging leaders within targetted sub-sectors will be encouraged to locate their global or regional headquarters in Greater KL/KV. This will be supported by internal and external immigration programmes to grow Greater KL/KV’s population to 10 million by 2020, with a focus on higher-value jobs.
2. Greater KL/KV connect
Regional connectivity will be accelerated by deploying a high-speed rail system to connect Greater KL/KV and Singapore. At the same time, intra-city connectivity will be improved with a mass rapid transit system.
3. Greater KL/KV new places
High potential destinations within Greater KL/KV will be identified as attractions and upgraded to enhance liveability for residents and draw tourists and migrants looking to visit or relocate to Greater KL/KV. For instance, downtown KL City is blessed with two rivers and valuable waterfronts that will be exploited as retail and commercial centres. In addition, we will increase the amount of green space essential to improving the city’s overall quality of life. Also, Greater KL/KV has many natural assets that can be leveraged as points of attraction (e.g. the old Pudu Jail site with its iconic gate). Strategic redevelopment with sharply defined boundaries has the potential to create more iconic places within Greater KL/KV.
4. Greater KL/KV enhanced services
Gaps in basic services will be addressed to ensure a well-functioning and liveable city. Pedestrian walkways within KL city are woefully inadequate and not integrated. Fixing this will enhance not only the liveability of the city, but also boost tourism and commercial potential. We will also improve provision of adequate solid waste management collection and processing.