PUTRAJAYA Corporation (PjC) celebrated its silver jubilee with a simple ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Held at the PjC Complex field in Precinct 3 early this month, it was attended only by PjC senior management due to the movement control order.
PjC president Datuk Muhammad Azmi Mohd Zain said the corporation had overcome many challenges over the past 25 years, including matters related to development, city planning and socio-economy to shape Putrajaya — formerly known as Prang Besar — into the city that it is today.
“We have received national and international awards, including the Asean Clean Tourist City 2018-2020 and 2020-2022, and the Future City Award for the Future Government Award for the One Stop Centre 3.0 monitoring system, as well as the Ecohydrological Demonstration Site recognition by Unesco, ” he said.
Muhammad Azmi said PjC started its operations in the Federal House, which is now the Federal Territories Land and Mines office, on March 1,1996 with only 13 employees.
“The office was moved to a site office in Precinct 14 in 1997 when development started and finally into the PjC Complex in Precinct 3, in 2004. There are 958 employees now, ” he said.
Almost all components envisioned for the city to function as an administrative capital had been completed, he said, adding that the next 25 years would be focused on making the city lively and vibrant by increasing commercial developments and building more affordable housing.
This plan is also to meet the population growth target from 100,000 to 350,000 by 2030.
Muhammad Azmi said there were many vacant commercial land in the city and PjC was looking at opportunities to turn unutilised ones into activity centres.
“A number of Residensi Prihatin projects with houses priced at RM200,000 is also in the pipeline, to encourage people to move into the capital, ” he said.
PjC, he said, was in the midst of finalising the fourth Putrajaya Strategic Plan from 2021 to 2025.
Out of the 13 original staff, one was still serving the corporation, he added.
PjC City Planning Department architectural assistant Megat Sharul Badri Megat Mohamed Noor, 53, started as a technician in the same department originally known as Prang Besar Unit.
“Just like watching a baby grow into adulthood, I saw the city grow from a rubber and oil palm estate into an iconic city.
“I am proud to be a part of this well-planned capital, ” he said.