KUALA Lumpur City Hall will consider increasing the frequency of “KL Car Free Morning” to twice a month.
The monthly event was mooted by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib and introduced in January to promote a greener city and reduce global warming.
Ahmad Phesal said the overwhelming response even on the Hari Raya holiday weekend proved that many city dwellers look forward to having a fun-filled Sunday in the city centre.
“I can see the 1Malaysia spirit here today despite it being a long weekend for many. This is a good indication the public supports reducing carbon emissions in the city.
“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and other collaborating corporations can see the public is in favour of having leisure and family activities in the heart of the city.
“We hope we can give the people more opportunities to do so. DBKL will review the frequency by September,” he said at the latest KL Car Free Morning near Dataran Merdeka on Aug 3.
On the 5.5km bicycle lane to connect Mid Valley Megamall and Masjid Jamek, Ahmad Phesal said the proposal is expected to be ready by December.
“The alignment has been identified but we are in the midst of finalising the safety aspects.
“Two other bicycles lane projects are in Batu and Wangsa Maju. We have plans to connect Kampung Batu Muda and the surrounding residential areas to Batu Metropolitan Park. In Wangsa Maju, we are discussing with Parent-Teacher Associations on the bicycle lane alignment to connect the residential areas to schools and the LRT station,” he said.
To mark Hari Raya, DBKL’s marching band played festive tunes during a parade along Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Esfahan and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman at the start of the event.
Ahmad Phesal also gave away Hari Raya hampers to participants who came dressed in traditional Malay attire.
A buffet with lemang, nasi impit, chicken rendang and peanut sauce was also served.
During the event, Berjaya University College of Hospitality (UCH), School of Tourism, in collaboration with Malaysian Tropical Environmental and Adventure Fellowship Society, also launched Eco Adventure Tourism (EAT) Day to educate the public on the importance of conserving nature.
EAT Day project leader Hee Joo Yee said EAT was the start of a series of events to promote a sustainable lifestyle.
“Today, we have representatives from Zoo Negara, Malaysian Conservation Alliance of Tigers, WWF-Malaysia and the Malaysian Environmental Sustainability Youth Movement, as exhibitors to help create awareness about the importance of conservation.
“We also organised many games using recyclable materials to show how we can use items that are usually thrown away,” she said.
Midland Music (M) Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Institut Terjemahan & Buku Malaysia (ITBM) and DBKL also launched Program Sayang Malaysia–Getaran Jiwa Merdeka (Gejika).
Midlands Music founder and head of strategy Qamarrunnisa’ A Jamil said their aim was to instil positive thoughts in Malaysians in conjunction with independence.
“We want the public to express their feelings about the country in words. Each message must not be more than 150 characters. To participate, type GEJIKA
“Selected expressions will be compiled in a book by ITBM and some will be made into songs by Midlands Music. Prizes also awaits the best entries,” she said.