Kompleks Perhentian Kajang is no longer the sleepy place it used to be.
Many Kajang folk who do not venture to that side of town still have the impression that the bus terminal complex in Jalan Reko has remained as it was three years ago – quiet, vacant and inaccessible.
The complex, which was jointly established by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and housing developer Pusaka Padu Sdn Bhd, is different now.
Since the developer’s seven blocks of four-storey apartments opened for occupancy three years ago, the area has been the most popular choice of accommodation among Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) students and lecturers.
All 500 residential units are occupied while the 80 commercial units on the ground floor are almost filled.
The outlets include photocopy shops, car workshops and eateries.
“This place is only a three-minute drive from the university. Many students prefer to rent here because the upper stretch of Jalan Reko is notoriously flood-prone.
“Furthermore, this place is very convenient with everything they need right at their door step,” said complex manager Lee Tiam Joo.
Lee, who works for the developer, attributes the change to the local council and Peka, a group formed three years ago by tenants and purchasers of lots in the complex to promote the place.
“The council has brought in many government agencies and that draws the crowd,” he said.
Among the government agencies at Kompleks Perhentian Kajang are the National Registration Department (JPN), Department of Environment, MPKj’s tax and compound payment counters and several of its departments.
Pos Malaysia and more than 50 shops are operating in the complex including boutiques, salons, telecommunication shops, cybercafes and grocery shops.
It has also been confirmed that the Inland Revenue Board, Maxis and Celcom will be moving in as well.
Fifteen local and outstation bus companies, including Roadways, Transnational, Sri Indah and Sum Bus, stop at the station.
Lee said the station was one of the pick-up points for National Service trainees.
The current scenario is in stark contrast to how it was three years ago when only five bus companies were willing to stop there.
“It is very convenient for the students too, they don’t have to travel all the way down town to buy tickets and take a bus home,” he said.
On top of that, the complex hosts night markets comprising some 200 stalls on Mondays and Fridays, from 4pm to 10pm.
“This place is in the centre of UKM, Kajang and Bandar Baru Bangi. As you can see, it is thriving and the traffic reaches 10,000 people every day.
“We hope more traders and companies will join us, especially banks, to cater to the needs of residents here,” he urged.
He added that charity functions could be held for free at the top floor of the complex’s car park which was large enough to put 400 tables.
Lee said the company hoped the government would carry out its plan to build a train station opposite the complex.
“The company has already pledged to build a pedestrian overhead bridge linking the train and bus stations to ensure commuters’ safety,” he added.
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