KUALA LANGAT, 8 Dec: The status of Kuala Langat District Council (MDKL) will be soon upgraded to Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL).
Welfare, Women’s Affairs, Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture Exco, Rodziah Ismail said that this is because the Local Authority (PBT) has fulfilled the criteria and conditions.
She said that MDKL had not only provided basic local government services, but it also played a major role in implementing State Government programmes that can contribute to the economic growth and the development of Selangor as an internationally ranked state.
“MDKL is considered as an important tool in the modernisation of local socio-economic development, among them are historical places, and tourism, which goes on a lot in Kuala Langat.
“So there is no reason MDKL cannot change its status to become a Municipal Council. The change in status will be announced soon,” she said at the Closing Ceremony of the Street Festival organised by the Standing Cultural Committee of Selangor with the cooperation of MDKL in Kanchong Darat here.
Rodziah added that this is in line with the State Government’s goals of wanting 90% of the state to be municipals in accordance with the current situation, economy and local society.
For the record, Kuala Langat District Council was established on the 1st of January, 1977, under the 1976 Local Government Act.
This is through the three local combinations – Sungai Jarom Local Council, Tanjung Sepat Local Council and the Kuala Langat Town Board.
The ares of administration in its early days was 3.7 square miles (9.6 km) and had increased to 857.70 km squared, including three nautical miles.
In addition, Kuala Langat district has an area of 87.704 hectares. The total population now exceeds 270,000 people with the majority being Malays, followed by Chinese and Indians as well as a small number of indigenous peoples.
Kuala Langat is one of nine districts in the state. It is bordered by the Klang District and Sepang. Part of the Kuala Langat district is located along the Straits of Malacca.
The rapid development of areas such as Putrajaya and the KLIA Airport has put the district in strategic position for investment.
In addition, the region is supported by good road infrastructure that connects to Central Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Bandar DiRaja Klang, Port Klang, Putrajaya and KLIA.
Now, in the district, there is also an industrial area that is classified as a Free Trade Zone in Telok Panglima Garang. In addition, there are also areas of interest here such as Bukit Jugra, Morib beach and several Homestay villages.