Kuala Lumpur / A city gridlock, seeking for a change
In a city of 1.7 million people crammed into an area of only 94 square kilometers, the challenge for Kuala Lumpur Lumpar to face is how to have physical growth in the economy, without creating a dystopian city.
The city’s population in 2020 will grow to 2.2 million by 2050 will triple to $ 480 million.
“Cities like Kuala Lumpur are places of opportunity and act as a magnet, attracting people, but of course there are problems when a city’s capacity can’t meet demand,” Mahadi Ngah, deputy mayor of Kuala Lumpur, explains. “The challenge is how to format urban planning policies.”
In the capital of Malaysia, to create a sustainable environment is not just to balance the demand for housing, transportation, education, health and leisure. Ethnic diversity in the country, where the colonial history resulted in a mixed population a very real problem. Accounting for half of the population from the Malay backgrounds, and almost a quarter of China’s estate. There are a large number of people from Indian origin.
This is not to say that the city did not attempt to solve these problems. Back in the 1970s, the city set up a comprehensive urban planning, which is updated in conjunction with the city planning law in particular in 1984, which makes the mayor specification development in an effective way.