Klang has many attractions, but it has not drawn in tourists unlike neighbouring Shah Alam and Kuala Lumpur. That’s about to change with the Klang City Rejuvenation (KCR) project, says KCR Committee chairman Dr Chia Song Kun.
Launched by Klang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI) and project partners, Malay Chamber Commerce State of Selangor (DPMMS) and Klang Indian Chamber of Commerce (KICC), the community-driven project aims to change the negative impression of Klang as a dirty and dangerous area with fundamental issues such as traffic jams and poor road problems.
“Our mission is to rejuvenate the town and turn it into one of the most liveable and sustainable cities in Malaysia, especially to boost the growth of our local businesses,” said KCCCI president Datuk Lim Kuang Sia.
Apart from that, the rejuvenation project aims to promote the protection and development of living heritage, culture and architecture in Klang and contribute towards the promotion of Klang as one of the most popular tourist locations in Malaysia.
“As the chamber of commerce, we always try to help the businessmen in Klang,” he said.
Spearheaded by Think City, a community-based urban regeneration body, a baseline study will be carried out early next month to understand the present socio-economic conditions and urban planning of Klang.
“The uniqueness of the KCR project is that we have invited professionals from all fields and representatives from associations and bodies in Klang to participate by carrying out the in-depth study,” Lim said.
A joint committee has also been formed by KCCCI and Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to implement the rejuvenation of Klang in stages in several core areas after a year-long study.
“A close collaboration with MPK is crucial for the success of this project,” he said.
He added that it would take one to five years to accomplish the short- and mid-term rejuvenation projects and 30 to 50 years for the long-term projects.
Set up to ensure this project proceeds smoothly, the KCR Fund has also been receiving strong support and donations from local businesses and companies.
Strongly supporting the project, both DPMMS and KICC presidents Mohd Fadzli Mustafa and Kumutha Paramasivan said KCR would also help to attract businesses from the outside, indirectly improving the development of the country.
To show the many unexplored facets of Klang, a series of activities and events will be conducted to encourage engagement with the public and enable them to learn more about the town.
Until Feb 28, the public can participate in the “We Love Klang” photography contest and stand a chance to win an iPhone 7 by uploading his or her best picture representing Klang on the We Love Klang Facebook page.
Apart from that, a line-up of activities such as a treasure hunt, festival at Jalan Stesyen and food festival will take place in March, May and September, respectively.