As the government is in negotiation over purchasing Kampung Baru, proposed future developments have been shared to the public, including a new tower.
According to Bernama, the proposed tower will be called Menara Mercu Tanda (Signature Tower) Kampung Baru, standing at 430 meters tall with 93 stories.
[Infografik] Menara Mercu Tanda Kampung Baru pic.twitter.com/9nojkT4H4u
— BERNAMA Radio (@bernamaradio) September 24, 2019
The design of the tower took inspiration from the traditional Malay sampin and tengkolok to reflect how Kampung Baru has been a historical reminder of the Malay culture.
However, Malaysians were quick to call-out whether the new tower would even be necessary at all.
Agreed, why waste so much money just to build an Iconic building.
— Savve007🔱 (@taikoe) September 24, 2019
Tolonglah jangan jadi bodoh. Kg Baru tu sendiri adalah mercu tanda.
— Name cannot be blank (@ahmadignity) September 24, 2019
Please don’t be stupid, Kg Baru itself is already a landmark.
Others appealed for a better use of the money and space, requesting parks or proper maintenance instead.
@SyedSaddiq pls. Suara dari anak muda. Pls bantah benda ni. Membazir. Stop bina skyscraper.Dari buat ni, pls develop kampung baru tu cantik2. Bukan bina bangunan sana sini..duit tu boleh buat benda lain yng lebih bermanfaat. Ni takde manfaat langsung. For what?
— Reefky (@ReefkyNsh) September 24, 2019
(At Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq) Please, you are the voice of the youth. Please object to this waste. Stop building skyscrapers, please beautify Kampung Baru. Not just building towers left and right… That money can be used for something more beneficial. There’s no benefit to this. What for?
Wtf. Turn kampung baru into a park and/or tourism spot. Preserve and upgrade current buildings in the area. Turn it into a heritage tourism spot. Clean and restore the area.
Leave the occupants there, they’re the ones who makes Kg Baru what it is.
— Tweet Everything (@tweetanything_) September 24, 2019
Sometimes, you visit a places which makes you gasp at the culture and beauty of it. Kg Baru is such a place
It should be one of Malaysia’s most famous landmark. Rebuild & restore, not destroying it
— Pinch Of Salt (@captainadxb) September 24, 2019
Or spend a little bit more to rework current & old buildings with titanium oxide paints which can reduce the amount of harmful particles present in the air e.g by reacting with nitrogen oxides when come into contact. This has been used and proven effective in London.
— Hafeez (@hafeezhdn) September 24, 2019
While even more Malaysians were upset at what they deemed to be a misplaced priority.
1) hapus tol? Forget about it. Build skyscrapers dulu.
2) provide free education? Forget about it. Build skyscrapers dulu.
3) better health care? Forget about it. Build skyscrapers dulu.
4) improve public transportation? Forget about it. Build skyscrapers dulu.
— Lim Si Ching 林时政 (@LimSiChing) September 24, 2019
Boleh tak cakap kat @KhalidSamad @chedetofficial @SyedSaddiq @zuraida_my @anthonyloke dan semua menteris
WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER SKYSCRAPER!
GET YOUR PRIORITIES FIRST FOR RAKYAT LA!
EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORTS!
TIGHTER ENVIRONMENT POLICY!
— Nobody (@RaymondRahman) September 24, 2019
The final say on the land deal in Kampung Baru will be decided by the Prime Minister, after residents rejected the government offer of RM850 per sq ft.
Regardless of the outcome, we agree that Kampung Baru is a beautiful heritage- and here are 5 reasons why it’s so iconic.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.