Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Phesal Talib is keen to get visitors to stay for longer periods by literally highlighting the city’s architecture.
To do this, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is working with Tenaga National Bhd (TNB) to light up several buildings in the city.
“We want to lengthen the time visitors spend in Kuala Lumpur by increasing attractions in the city. Visitors stay approximately three days in Kuala Lumpur compared to Bangkok, where visitors stay about six days.
“TNB has agreed to reduce electricity tariffs for selected buildings from 20.8 sen/kwh to 13 sen to allow us to light up the area at night,” he said during a visit to the National Mosque.
Besides the National Mosque, the lower tariff will apply to Masjid Jamek, the Sultan Abdul Samad building, and DBKL buildings.
Ahmad Phesal said other efforts included beautifying the National Mosque’s landscape and sprucing up buildings along Kuala Lumpur’s heritage trail to maintain the city’s character.
“We are also waiting for the National Mosque’s agreement to hand over the maintenance of its frontage before we appoint Alam Flora to be in charge of the area’s daily upkeep.
“To maintain cleanliness, we will also be moving food vendors in the area to Medan Tunku to ensure proper management and monitoring,” he said.
As the National Mosque prepares to celebrate its Golden Jubilee on Aug 27, Ahmad Phesal contributed 200 robes to be used by non-Muslim visitors unaware of the dress code when they visit a mosque.
“The existing robes that are being used now were received from Tourism Malaysia and the National Mosque Trust Fund, and have become worn out and some are damaged.
“DBKL approved our application to foot the expenses for all 200 robes at an overall cost of RM19,260,” said National Mosque grand imam Tan Sri Syaikh Ismail.
“The annual number of tourists to the National Mosque averages about 250,000 people, and combined with our congregation, that number is an estimated total of 500,000 people per year,” he added.