Kuala Lumpur will soon have what might become the city’s newest district for growth as well as an exciting destination on its own for travellers. Named Bandar Malaysia, the district will be built on over 200 hectares of land, in what used to be the old Sungai Besi airport (currently used by the military), Kuala Lumpur”s first airfield.
A mixed development, Bandar Malaysia will promote liveability as a distinctive urban character for Greater KL, housing green infrastructure, sustainable housing and a range of commercial and lifestyle facilities.
The entire project will be developed under the supervision of 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad), a company wholly owned by the State and shaped in 2008 as a strategic development company. 1MDB has been recently in the middle of financial controversies involving the approval of loans without the consent of Malaysia National Bank. An audit has been called over the company in March of this year.
The new district will all resolve around connectivity as it will be the first-ever urban development revolving around public transport. It is due to accommodate ultimately some 160,000 people. Five districts will be set around a 40 hectares public park, including public housing, offices, a shopping precinct as well as cultural institutions. The district will be connected to Kuala Lumpur city centre –only 7 km away- by two dedicated LRT lines but also by a commuter train, 12 highways and even a bicycle lane. Bandar Malaysia will be home to the main station of the new to be built high-speed rail which will link Kuala Lumpur to Singapore.
The district is set to become a new tourist destination for travellers, especially as cultural institutions will settle around the 40 hectares park while hotels will cater for the traveller’s demand. They are also plans to turn the park and its surrounding into venues for special events such as festivals.
Earlier this year, 1MDB unveils plans for a giant mosque, inspired by Sheik Zahid Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The 50,000 m2 mosque will be a common cooperation between Malaysia and the UAE and be able to accommodate 30,000 worshippers.
Bandar Malaysia aims to be Malaysia’s first 100% green city integrating the latest technologies. As the main entrance gateway from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur newest district is certain to become an attractive destination. However nothing is to be expected before 2020, the year set for the opening of the high speed train.