KLANG: From a sleepy district made of villages and a few small towns, Kuala Langat, located in southwestern Selangor, has transformed into a busy and vibrant place.
In the past, narrow and winding roads flanked by rubber or oil palm estates ran through Kuala Langat from Telok Panglima Garang and snaked their way past places like Jenjarom, Carey Island, Telok Datok, Banting, Jugra, Kelanang and Morib.
The roads have been replaced by wide highways, making travel to the district easy and fast.
Kuala Langat has also become the site of many modern developments and a fast growing manufacturing and commercial hub.
Hence, it is only apt for Kuala Langat to be raised from being a district to a fully-fledged township managed by a municipal council.
This change is scheduled to happen today in the presence of Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
Amirudin told The Star that Kuala Langat’s status was being raised after fulfilling all criteria set by the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
The Federal Government requirements met by Kuala Langat included having a population of more than 150,000 residents, a sustainable financial stream, an income of more than RM20mil, the ability to provide reliable services at the local level and having a more participatory approach to town planning as outlined in the Local Agenda Programme 21, said Amirudin.
“With a population of 323,400 and growing, Kuala Langat is no longer a town; it is a city, ’’ added Amirudin.
The mentri besar said Kuala Langat also fell into several of the 10 clusters the state government created in order to compartmentalise the strengths of the state’s cities, towns and districts.
“Kuala Langat falls under several clusters including maritime and ports support industries, eco-tourism as well as selected service industries such as food and beverages, life sciences and health tourism, ’’ said Amirudin.
He said the state government had also aimed to stoke Kuala Langat’s growth given its strategic location and positioning.
“We are focusing on Kuala Langat given the undeniable fact that the Greater Klang Valley is growing strongly towards the south.
“And Kuala Langat also has a strong growth belt with multiple developments including Gamuda Cove, Bandar Saujana Putra and Bandar Rimbayu.
“We are also close to Putrajaya, KLIA and Selangor Cyber Valley, among others, ’’ said Amirudin.
He also said the high value clusters in Kuala Langat would also contribute towards Selangor’s new agenda on propelling the state forward based on innovation, competitiveness, ease of business as well as environmental sustainability.
“The goal here is to achieve shared prosperity, ’’ said Amirudin.
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