‘City Hall will not hesitate to use ‘force’ to acquire land in Kampung Baru for development’. This was reported in the Streets column of New Straits Times dated July 26, 2008.
Isn’t those words threatening? It sounds like one to me, and who is City Hall threatening? I am extremely curious as to why City Hall is so persistent and adamant in ‘getting rid’ of the Malay community in Kampung Baru that had lived there for generations. And where will the evicted Malay community be sent to? Not to some remote jungle areas where monkeys roam? I would advise City Hall bosses to read the history of Kampung Baru thoroughly first, before they decide to use force to evict the Malay settlers there. I know, non of them have any affiliation with Kampung Baru.
I had friends from overseas visiting me, and they were highly impress with what the see in Kampung Baru. They say that Kampung Baru blends well with urban Kuala Lumpur, and the simplicity in the life style portrayed by the Kampung Baru folks, is a total reflection of what Malaysians truly are.
Kuala Lumpur does not need anymore skyscrapers, luxury condominiums, posh hotels and exclusive shopping arcades. What City Hall should concentrate immediately is to solve the traffic problem in Kuala Lumpur which is ‘hellish’ and suffocating. Approving new buildings within the city limits, will only worsen the traffic flow.
I am not privy to the nature of development that City Hall had planned for Kampung Baru, but I am quite sure it is to construct more buildings. Rather then destroy the beauty of Kampung Baru, why not get the kampung folks to ‘modernise’ their homes, construct better roads and to landscape its surroundings with lots of trees and flower plants? Isn’t this a good idea to bring the beautiful flock birds back to the city?