The last remaining large tract of undeveloped land in Kuala Lumpur’s urban core, Kampung Baru, is targeted for redevelopment, part of larger plans to upgrade Malaysia’s capital.
The rustic ethnic-Malay enclave, set aside by British colonisers for ethnic Malays in 1900, serves as the symbolic heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Malay identity. Government proposals, however, would see the neighbourhood’s traditional dwellings replaced with glass-and-steel developments fusing hotels, modern apartments, parks, and pedestrian walkways. Many locals oppose the plans, yet have been advised by the government to embrace change or risk being viewed as squatters.
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