THE Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) is planning to beautify and upgrade the infrastructure of the older part of Rawang, known as Pekan Rawang.
The upgrade will involve two main roads, Jalan Wellman and Jalan Maxwell, which have many shops and buildings dating back to the pre-war era.
This was revealed during MPS’ first townhall meeting with stakeholders.
The meeting was attended by about 30 local business owners as well as Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei and Selayang MP William Leong.
MPS council president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said the project would cost about half a million ringgit, of which equal parts would go towards improving infrastructure and landscaping along the two streets.
“We will also be allocating another RM17,500 in subsidies, either in the form of discounts or rebates, to assist business owners in refurbishing their signboards,” said Mohd Azizi.
The beautification project will also involve repainting the facade of shophouses in Jalan Maxwell.
Mohd Azizi said they would work with paint manufacturers as well as contractors to sponsor the costs under their corporate social responsibility programmes.
“We are aiming to revitalise Rawang and make it a heritage town,” said Mohd Azizi, citing the Seremban Municipal Council’s efforts in restoring and maintaining the town’s old buildings as an example.
During the Q&A session, stakeholders wanted the council to resolve issues such as sanitation and traffic and parking problems in the town centre.
They suggested more streetlights be installed to improve the security situation for pedestrians as well.
Gan said the beautification process would be important in retaining both Jalan Maxwell and Jalan Wellman’s heritage in the form of pre-war architecture.
“There are many old Chinese and Hindu temples here, and Rawang’s curry powder is famous,” said Gan.
She added that Pekan Rawang could be turned into a tourist destination, which would help revitalise the town’s economy.
“We may not be able to get support from all the stakeholders here, but if we can get 80%, we will proceed,” said Mohd Azizi, adding that the project would start at the end of this year at the earliest.