Ampang Lookout Point to reopen next year

The soon-to-be redeveloped Ampang Lookout Point in Bukit Ampang, Hulu Langat, will capitalise on its panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

AMPANG Lookout Point in Bukit Ampang (ALOP), Hulu Langat, will be one of Selangor’s latest ecotourism attractions.

Two other ecotourism destinations – Sungai Congkak Park and Resort in Hulu Langat and Kanching Eco Forest Park in Rawang – will also be developed.

Selangor tourism, environment, green technology and Orang Asli affairs committee chairman Hee Loy Sian said ALOP was the first one to be announced by the state.

“Next, we aim to develop chalets (four or five stars) and glamping facilities at Sungai Congkak and the Kanching waterfalls.

“The proposals (for the chalets) have been brought to the Selangor State Economic Action Council (MTES) and we are awaiting approval.

“We will also carry out feasibility studies which I hope can be done by this year,” he said when announcing the redevelopment plans for ALOP.

The popular tourist attraction in Jalan Hulu Langat will be redeveloped through a joint effort between the Selangor government and Pearl Holiday Travel & Tour Sdn Bhd.

Hee said the redevelopment plans would also include slope stabilisation works by the company.

The spot had been well-known for its panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline but the food court area has been closed since 2012 due to safety concerns.

“The company will spend about RM4mil on slope mitigation work.

“The redevelopment will be done in four phases and include a food and beverage area, event space, camping-based accommodation (glamping) and caravans.

“This will be a revenue-sharing venture whereby 3% of the revenue, once the place is operational, will go to the state government.”

Hee said phase one of ALOP was targeted to open on July 1 next year.

He said the company would invest RM30mil as the developer and operator of ALOP for the duration of the 30-year lease given by the Selangor Forestry Department (JPNS).

“The area involving ALOP will only occupy 20% of the forested area to preserve the Bukit Ampang forest reserve.

“This is in line with JPNS and state government policies promoting sustainable tourism.”

Pearl Holiday executive director Loo Yung Wai believed the reopening of ALOP would be much-anticipated.

He added that the company’s success in developing Orchard Hill in Broga, Selangor, would be replicated in the redevelopment of ALOP.

The company also has projects in Titi, Negri Sembilan, and Sungai Lembing, Pahang.

“The appeal of ALOP is its amazing view and proximity to Kuala Lumpur.

“We also hope to bring in recognisable names within the Malaysian street food scene all under one roof.”

Also present during the announcement were Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Azrul Shah Mohamad, Kajang Municipal Council president Najmuddin Jemain, JPNS chief assistant officer (Forestry, Ecopark and National Park) Abdul Nasir Ismail, and Pearl Holiday managing director Loo Kok Seong.

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