SHAH ALAM: The poor, undeveloped Malay village, Kampung Baru is seen today as a “flaw” in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad described this Malay residence area as ” Kudis” ( blemish) which manifests the poor representation of the Malay community’s current achievements and potential, the Malay Mail reported.
“Kampung Baru is like ‘kudis’ in the middle of Kuala Lumpur that is filled with skyscrapers.
“There, we found old homes with rusted zinc roofs.
“This does not reflect the position of the Malays or the possibilities that they could just as successful as anyone else,” he was quoted as saying in a press conference at the Malay Dignity Congress (Kongress Maruah Melayu).
According to the local media, the government is offering an average of RM850 per square feet (psf) to acquire and develop the area. However, Kampung Baru residents say that they are not given a fair offer as land in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre is valued at over RM2,000 psf.
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