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Klang Valley on a dark and stormy day

Welcome to this website. This website is something I thought about for a few years and I finally decided to just launch it to see where it goes. I hope it blesses you.

Where exactly is the Klang Valley?

According to the SPAD, the "Greater KL / Klang Valley Region" is:

Greater KL/Klang Valley Region was identified as the critical economic growth centre (Source: Pemandu Economic Transformation Programme, 2010). Over 37% of the Nation’s GDP is identified as being related to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (Source: National Statistics 2009).

The region comprises of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Klang, Kajang, Subang Jaya, Selayang, Shah Alam, Ampang Jaya and Sepang.

Source: Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat / Land Public Transport Commission

In a magazine write-up from 2012, the Klang Valley region was described as follows:

Together the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley (Greater KL/KV) region had a population of approximately six million as of 2010: As part of the Kuala Lumpur National Conurbation, it is the largest urban center in the country.

This region is defined as ten neighbouring municipalities, which are governed by local authorities: the largest being DB Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) with around 1.7 million people, followed by MP Klang (747,000), MP Kajang (743,000), MP Subang Jaya (583,000), MB Petaling Jaya (577,000), MP Selayang (559,000), MB Shah Alam (528,000), MP Ampang Jaya (142,000), Perbadanan Putrajaya (89,000), and MD Sepang (82,000).

Source: Inside Investor, 2012 - from PEMANDU's website.

Klang Valley on a cloudy day

The Klang Valley is an NKEA

NKEA stands for National Key Economic Area, which are the twelve areas that PEMANDU, the government think tank under the ETP (Economic Transformation Programme), are focusing on.

The Klang Valley / Greater KL region is the twelfth NKEA. Here is a description from the ETP website:

As the capital and commercial heart of the country, the Greater Kuala Lumpur (KL)/Klang Valley NKEA represents a crucial component in the plan to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020. The overall aim is to transform the region into a world-class metropolis that will boast top standards in every area from business infrastructure to liveability.

By 2020, the NKEA is projected to create 300,000 new jobs through the implementation of nine Entry Point Projects (EPPs).

Source: Economic Transformation Programme.

In the 2014 NKEA annual report for the Klang Valley NKEA, it was stated:

As its true north, the Greater KL/ KV aspires to be a metropolis that simultaneously achieves a top-20 ranking in city economic growth while also being among the global top.

Source: 2014 Annual Report for Klang Valley NKEA

The Klang Valley NKEA has 9 EPP's

EPP stands for Entry Point Projects. Here is a description from the ETP / PEMANDU website:

National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) are the engines of growth, while the Entry Point Projects are the spark plugs that will fire up these engines, to a new level of performance.

They are called Entry Point Projects because these projects kick start the programme and they are not finite. These are high impact projects, matched with specific ideas and actions, to spur the growth of the NKEAs. Some involve large infrastructure investments while others have a more direct effect on the output of their sectors and on the life of Malaysians. These are all focussed on actions and not mere concepts.

Source: Economic Transformation Programme / PEMANDU

The 9 EPP's

Here are the 9 Entry Point Projects for Klang Valley NKEA.

  1. Attracting 100 Of the World’s Most Dynamic Firms
  2. Attracting Internal and External Talent
  3. Connecting KL to Singapore Via a High Speed Rail System
  4. Building an Integrated Urban Mass Rapid Transit System
  5. Revitalising the Klang and Gombak Rivers into a Heritage and Commercial Centre
  6. Greening Greater Kuala Lumpur to Ensure Residents Enjoy Sufficient Green Space
  7. Creating Iconic Places and Attractions
  8. Creating a Comprehensive Pedestrian Network
  9. Developing an Efficient Solid Waste Management System

Source: PEMANDU / Economic Transformation Programme