ALOR SETAR: The Federal Territories Ministry will be renamed to reflect its wider role, which is not limited to only the development of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, said its minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
He said the change would be in line with the rationalisation of the ministry, which is now also responsible for the Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) and the National Landscape Department.
“We will bring the changes slowly so that the people understand better our role, that it is not confined to only the federal territories, but also covers town and country planning, as well as landscape, nationwide.
“The renaming of the ministry is not a top priority, but it is important for the people to understand that the role of the ministry has increased,” he told reporters after opening the World Town Planning Day here yesterday.
Earlier in his speech, Khalid said the concept of “Town For All”, which emphasised the need for residents living in a safe and prosperous environment, was a new challenge for the ministry.
“To make it a success, the government will always give priority to people’s needs in its planning and implementation towards creating a developed, harmonious and balanced country,” he added. — Bernama