KUALA LUMPUR: Plans are in place to turn dull Cyberjaya into a happening place and top on the agenda is to increase the population there at least threefold.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the Government acknowledged the need to make Cyberjaya a more exciting place to attract people to live there.
We agreed that to attract people to live there, the place must be alive.
Maybe we need to have something that suits young peoples lifestyles since most ICT brains are younger people, he said in a dialogue with participants of the Global Public Police Conference 2005 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre yesterday.
Najib, who earlier opened the two-day conference attended by representatives from more than 30 countries, said the immediate task was to increase Cyberjaya's population.
There are only about 10,000 people living there at present.
We need at least 20,000 more.
I am quite sure that with a higher density, facilities would come as well, he said.
Whatever it is, we are doing something to make it a liveable city to meet the expectations of global ICT people, he added.
In his speech, Najib said the information and communications technology industry in Malaysia is thriving and is expected to be worth US$10.5bil (RM38.85mil) in 2007.
It represents a significant amount of growth and the industry is in fact expanding at an annual growth rate of 8.3%.
That is even faster than the global average of 6.2%, he said.