By Diana Abd Wahab
SHAH ALAM, March 19 — The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) is looking into historical locations within its administrative area to introduce historical heritage components in the city.
Its mayor Dr Nor Fuad Abdul Hamid said the initiative aims to make the city a popular destination for tourists.
“In five years, Shah Alam will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a city in 2028. Therefore, we believe it is necessary to recount the events leading up to its establishment as a city as it did not achieve the status out of the blue.
“If we trace back the history (of Shah Alam), it was initially the centre of oil palm plantations and we want this to be highlighted so that the community can see how the Shah Alam oil palm plantations have evolved, flourished and reached where it is now,” he told SelangorKini when met at the Mini Clean Zone Appreciation Ceremony (Mini Zee Bee) at the MBSA Convention Center, here, yesterday.
Nor Fuad said the local council held many meetings with other local authorities in the country to examine how they have emphasised history in their respective administrative divisions.
Commenting further, he said MBSA would also acknowledge the role Sungai Klang played in the growth of Shah Alam and how villages, traditional houses and the Sungai Air Kuning Dam can be highlighted as tourist attractions.
“The dam is in the Botanical Garden area under the supervision of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (JPS). It was developed in the 1930s and used as a water supply by the residents of the Klang district at the time.
“It is still sturdy and perhaps we can turn it into a historical site that can draw tourists, but that would require further discussion with the two parties involved,” he added.
Also during the event, Nor Fuad presented RM28,000 in cash prizes to the winners of the Mini Zee Bee Neighbourhood competition.
Three residents’ associations received the Emerald category (one star) rating, with a RM1,000 cash prize and an appreciation certificate.
Eight residents’ associations received the Ruby category (two star) rating, with a RM2,000 cash prize and an appreciation certificate.
Lastly, three residents’ associations received the Diamond category (three star) rating, with a RM3,000 cash prize and appreciation certificate.