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by steven daniel
New and improved: Contestants are invited to submit ideas and plans on how to improve the walkways along the Heritage Trail such as Leboh Ampang (above). — filepic
KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is calling for the public to submit their ideas on ways to improve the Heritage Trail in the capital.
The local authority is organising the competition as part of efforts to highlight and showcase the unique multicultural and heritage sites located in various parts of the city.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said contestants were invited to submit ideas and plans on how to improve the walkways along the Heritage Trail, especially the sections involving the Klang River, Dataran Merdeka’s Heritage Quarter, Jalan Tangsi, the Botanical Garden and the National Monument.
“In the research we conducted, we realised that we have not exploited the full potential of our multiculturalism and our nation’s identity in our city planning.
“These traits according to tourists are highly valued and among their chief reasons for visiting Malaysia. So we must find a comprehensive manner to properly package and market it,” he said at the launch of the competition at the auditorium at the City Hall headquarters in Jalan Raja Laut.
He said the competition was aimed at gauging public perception towards the Heritage Trail paths and address concerns such as comfort, safety and whether they served the purpose of attracting the public and tourists to those locations.
He said the competition would serve as a two-way communicator between the public and the government in the planning process for walkways that could be appreciated by all, including city folk.
“We cannot keep building more shopping centres because tourists are looking for something more substantial and features that reflect the uniqueness of this country.
“New places to visit, new sights to see and special experiences will enhance their trip. This is something many Western countries have successfully implemented and we hope to emulate them,” said the mayor, adding that such steps were needed to increase the number of 2.8 million tourists visiting the capital every month.
The Heritage Trail competition, which ends on Dec 9, is open to all Malaysians aged 18 and above. The first prize is RM50,000, second prize RM30,000 and third prize RM20,000. There are also eight consolation prizes of RM5,000 each.
Every participant will receive a certificate and token of appreciation.
In conjunction with the competition, an exhibition will be held from tomorrow to Nov 12 at the National Library.
For more details about the competition, visit www.dbkl.gov.my
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