MALACCA: Malacca Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob on Friday officially declared Hang Tuah Jaya a municipality, which is set for development as a modern smart city driven by information and communication technology (ICT) where people can live, study, work and play in a conducive and safe environment.
The municipality of 14,293 hectares is carved out of 24 percent of the Alor Gajah district, 36 percent of the Jasin district and 40 percent of the Melaka Tengah district, and comprises 147,209 residents.
Occupying a central position in the state, Hang Tuah Jaya has areas for agriculture (53.8 percent of the total acreage), housing (23.2 percent), commerce (2.2 percent), industries (3.7 percent), recreation and resorts (6.5 percent), educational institutions (6.5 percent) and other amenities.
"As a smart city, Hang Tuah Jaya will make available a safe and conducive environment for work," Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam told reporters after the event at the Malacca International Trade Centre (MITC) in Ayer Keroh here.
He said the state government had drawn up six strategies for the sustainable development of Hang Tuah Jaya.
They were setting up of a smart administrative centre; economic development and attraction of investors; moulding Hang Tuah Jaya's image and identity; enhancing the standard and quality of life; providing recreational spots and tourist attractions and consolidating the administrative development of Hang Tuah Jaya, he added.
"We hope Hang Tuah Jaya will continue to develop as an ultra modern administrative centre to serve as a model for other cities in Malaysia and the world in terms of sophistication by way of development and management style," he said. - Bernama