KUALA LUMPUR, November 20, 2015: Think City Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, in partnership with Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), is continuing with plans to revitalize Kuala Lumpur by commencing the second stage of its baseline community survey of Kuala Lumpur.
The Dataran Sentral/Brickfields baseline study follows an earlier census undertaken by Think City in downtown KL which covers an approximately one kilometre radius from Masjid Jamek.
While the first stage focused on the historic core of Kuala Lumpur, the second stage will survey Kampung Attap, Brickfields and Muzium Negara. Similarly, the KL Sentral/Brickfields study will provide the information necessary to guide the revitalisation of Brickfields and Kampong Attap. It will also look at how the area can be better connected and more accessible.
The survey will involve the collection of basic information from businesses, households, government organisations, non-for-profits and education institutes and seek the community’s views on how the area can be improved. The data will be used to inform planning decisions. All information will remain strictly confidential and only be used to inform how DBKL and Think City can work together to make these areas better places to live, play and do business.
According to Think City Kuala Lumpur Director, Jia Ping Lee, “The downtown KL baseline study provided us with a good sense of how the area is functioning and where our efforts should be concentrated. For example, recognising the need to diversify and reactivate spaces we have partnered with DBKL to put time and resources in Medan Pasar. We are also looking at ways to diversify the economy through culture and the creative sector.”
The first survey data showed that while downtown KL has high jobs density (nearly 60,000) its residential population is low (less than 5,000). Jobs tend to be concentrated in the financial, banking, government and hospitality sectors. There is a high proportion of migrants and expatriates living in the area, and few housing options for middle income Malaysians. Interestingly, those who do reside in downtown KL, work within two kilometres and nearly half of all workers commute into the area on public transport. There are also many spaces between buildings that could be better utilised.
The second survey will be led on behalf of Think City and DBKL by Dr Matt Benson, Director of Perkhidmatan Perundingan Geografi Sdn Bhd (Malaysia), who will be assisted by 25 trained local enumerators. Enumerators walking the survey area will be recognisable by their uniforms and ID tag and each survey should take no more than 5 minutes.
Jia Ping added that residents and businesses within the second survey area should provide their complete and honest answers as the feedback is for the benefit of the community.
“We want to bring vibrancy to the area as well as understand the challenges faced by the community,” Jia Ping concluded.
The survey will be held from December 1, 2015 to January 2016 and the survey report is expected to be published by the end of March 2016.
*Image Caption: Mohd Riduan Ngesan, Programme Executive at Think City Sdn Berhad interviewing a local business owner.