KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd's (MRCB) 64.38%-owned subsidiary, Kuala Lumpur Sentral Sdn Bhd (KLSSB), the developer of transportation hub KL Sentral, has been awarded the country's first MSC Cybercentre status.
KLSSB chairman Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the Cybercentre would be housed with 70,000 sq ft of its soon-to-be-completed RM300mil Plaza Sentral phase 2 and the upcoming Lot N Tower.
“Plaza Sentral phase 2 will be the first building in KL Sentral to host technology businesses under the Cybercentre status. We are pleased to host the content incubator and showcase, providing space for an exciting growth industry,” he said at the agreement signing with Multimedia Supercorridor's (MSC) Multimedia Development Corp (MDC) yesterday.
The Plaza Sentral phase 2 project boasts a net floor area of 600,000 sq ft and houses Plaza Sentral corporate office suites, condominiums and mixed development comprising a one-million-sq-ft retail complex, offices, serviced apartments and a business-class hotel.
The Plaza Sentral phase 2 is due for completion in the second quarter of this year and the company plans to deliver and manage the RM161mil Tabung Haji-owned Lot N Tower.
Shahril said KLSSB started working towards attaining the status in 2004 after learning that there was a strong demand for MSC-standard infrastructure, especially by foreign companies. It applied for the status last year.
The building slated for the Cybercentre will be broadband-ready and infrastructure will conform to MDC's requirements.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis said the award was part of the government's agenda to roll out the MSC beyond its original 15x15km-wide corridor so that benefits and incentives could reach larger businesses and communities nationwide.
“We have started with Penang Cybercity 1 in Penang and the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah and we are now, via KL Sentral, piloting the first Cybercentre in Malaysia,” he said.
Cybercity and Cybercentre status is awarded to allow more opportunities for the city, township or large building complexes to become an MSC-designated area, which in turn, will provide more dedicated and specialised industry areas for MSC-status companies to locate their operations.
Jamaludin said the Government was positioning KL Sentral for the development hub of creative content/new media clusters, given its strategic location.
He added that the ministry would be working with KLSSB to provide the showcase area to effectively market products and services, multimedia laboratories and incubation facilities for start-ups, and small and medium enterprises at competitive rates.