KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 25, 2019: Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor wants Kampung Baru to be developed in the best possible way without losing its Malay characteristics.
This was conveyed by the Sultan during a two-hour audience he granted last Thursday to Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad and his officers, with the ruler acknowledging that Kampung Baru in its present form is no longer suitable for modern and comfortable living.
“Its surrounding areas have developed rapidly, making Kampung Baru appear to be left behind.
Apart from this, the ministry will also give special attention to the Sultan’s order for historic locations in the area like the Masjid Jamek and Sultan Sulaiman Club be retained and restored for the benefit of future generations, said Khalid in a statement today.
Kampung Baru and the rest of Kuala Lumpur were part of Selangor until taken over by the federal government to be named the first of three federal territories in February 1974.
Khalid said his team also took note of the Sultan’s instruction to maintain Kampung Baru’s name plus those of roads associated with the genealogy of the Selangor Sultanate and key personalities involved in the early establishment of the area.
The meeting also allowed Khalid the opportunity to report to the Sultan the status of the Malay Agricultural Settlement. — Bernama