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Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari responding to queries during the Selangor State Legislative Assembly session in Shah Alam, on February 28, 2024. — Picture by REMY ARIFIN/SELANGORKINI

Greater Klang Valley to drive economic boom with anticipated introduction this year — MB

By Yasmin Ramlan

SHAH ALAM, Feb 28 — The Greater Klang Valley administrative area is expected to commence this year and substantially impact the state’s economic activities, said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.

Upon completing the Greater Klang Valley’s establishment, the state government anticipates more well-governed cities in the region.

“In 2024, the state government will unveil efforts which will impact economic activities by introducing the Greater Klang Valley.

“We are delighted that Klang has recently been officially recognised as a royal city. As a result, the immediate combination of the four cities (Klang, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, and Petaling Jaya) will take place.

“And InsyaAllah, by this year, a well-governed and smart administration for the four cities soon,” he said.

Amirudin was responding to a query from Port Klang state assemblyman Azmizam Zaman Huri during the Selangor State Legislative Assembly today on the state government’s planning to boost economic development in the state for this year.

The establishment of the Greater Klang Valley is crucial to, among other things, streamlining the administrative processes for businesses and residents, rejuvenating mature cities, implementing a digital twin system for government administration, and promoting public transportation.

Under the 2024 Selangor Budget tabled on November 10 last year, the Menteri Besar said the state administration will allocate RM2 million for the initiative.

Meanwhile, the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) and Menteri Besar Selangor (Incorporated), or MBI, have been directed to reassess expired lease locations, with a particular emphasis on the service sector for data centres, notably in Section 50 and Section 51 of Petaling Jaya.

He said the move is crucial for data centres to have robust and high-speed connectivity, as the state needs to catch up to Johor.

Besides developing Ijok, the state government is looking for more new locations to be developed to generate more economic activities.

“Data centres require strong and fast connectivity and sufficient power supply and distribution to prevent data loss.

“This is among the actions we are taking because we are slightly lagging behind Johor as it has taken the opportunity to transition data centres from Singapore due to proximity to localities and various other reasons, including costs,” Amirudin added.

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