The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) has approved about RM6.3 million to the Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) to improve the economic activities, tourism and income of the district.
KPKT Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said that of the total amount, in principle, RM5 million will be set aside for infrastructure upgrades and RM1 million will be allocated as tourism budget for Banting Waterfront to help it attract more locals and tourists, reported The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).
The other RM300,000 is set aside for repair of certain facilities within the Taman Langat Utama apartments, such as the water tank, stair railing, electrical wiring and fence.
With investors focusing on Kuala Langat, it will become a place where development would be faster compared to other local authorities (PBTs) in Selangor, said Zuraida.
“With its resources to increase income in tourism, industry and town planning, these are the factors that will bring results to the MPKL. KPKT is satisfied with the planning provided by MPKL, but it cannot be implemented immediately because the allocation that it requires is very large,” said Zuraida after a working visit to MPKL and Taman Langat Utama apartments.
“The old system needs to be streamlined and upgraded so that it can match with the development that will take place with the coming of new investors to the area bringing advanced and progressive technology, as well as with well-planned development and housing,” she added as quoted by TMR.
A report by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority showed that MPKL registered the highest investment within Selangor in 2020 at RM5.7 billion.
And given its RM135 million income last year and dense population, Kuala Langat is closer to becoming city council, said Zuraida.
“I see the potential in Kuala Langat to be the next township that is going to be developed and maybe become one of the most sought-after places in Selangor in the future as there is still a lot of space that is yet to be developed and we can plan accordingly,” she said.
She revealed that the ministry will focus on matters that will provide locals with space to engage in economic activities, so that they could increase their income.
It will also help provide funds for infrastructure to enhance Kuala Langat tourism industry so that it can attract further investment and bring revenue.