via New Straits Times, 05 February 2020: Last week the mayor of Kuala Lumpur announced plans to revitalise a historic section of Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall has been presented with a golden opportunity to use the restoration of the cluster of colonial buildings at the junction of Jalan Raja and Jalan Tun Perak as a catalyst to reclaim the city as a historical city.
Steven Thang, who heads the Malaysian Institute of Architects’ (PAM) Heritage and Conservation Committee, said the restoration of the buildings could unleash the city’s potential if the authorities set up an advisory committee for the planned RM120 million revival project.
He said it should be set up with a cross-section of stakeholders, including architects from the institute, as well as tourism players, to ensure that the project was thorough and sustainable.
“We need to know what the RM120 million will be used for, how will it be allocated and what comes first in terms of buildings or repairs.