Census to seek views on how to improve areas in KL

THINK City Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, in partnership with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), will conduct a census in several locations in Kuala Lumpur in December.

The Dataran Sentral/Brickfields baseline study will be done in Kampung Attap, Brickfields and Muzium Negara and will provide the information necessary to guide the revitalisation of Brickfields and Kampong Attap.

It will also look at how the area can be better connected and more accessible.  The census is the second phase of an earlier study undertaken by Think City in downtown Kuala Lumpur which covers an approximate 1km radius from Masjid Jamek.

The survey will involve the collection of basic information from businesses, households, government organisations, non-profit organisations and education institutes and seek the community’s views on how the area can be improved.

The data will be used to inform planning decisions. All information will remain strictly confidential and only be used to inform how DBKL and Think City can work together to make the areas better places to live, play and do business.

“The downtown KL baseline study provided us with a good sense of how the area is functioning and where our efforts should be concentrated.

“For example, recognising the need to diversify and reactivate spaces we have partnered with DBKL to put time and resources in Medan Pasar. We are also looking at ways to diversify the economy through culture and the creative sector,” said Think City Kuala Lumpur director Jia Ping Lee.

The first survey data showed that while downtown Kuala Lumpur had high jobs density (nearly 60,000), its residential population was low (less than 5,000).

Jobs tend to be concentrated in the financial, banking, government and hospitality sectors. There is a high proportion of migrants and expatriates living in the area, and few housing options for middle income Malaysians.

Interestingly, those who resided in downtown Kuala Lumpur, work within 2km and nearly half of all workers commute into the area on public transport. There are also many spaces between buildings that could be better utilised.

The second survey will be led on behalf of Think City and DBKL by Perkhidmatan Perundingan Geografi Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) director Dr Matt Benson who will be assisted by 25 enumerators.

These enumerators walking the survey area would be recognisable by their uniforms and ID tag and each survey should take no more than five minutes.

Residents and businesses within the second survey area are urged to provide their complete and honest answers as the feedback was for the benefit of the community.

The survey will be held from Dec 1 to January next year and the survey report is expected to be published by the end of March 2016.

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