Satellite city plans for Malaysian town

Satellite city plans for Malaysian town
Exciting times ahead: Liow (centre, in grey shirt) mingling with locals after launching the 'Sustainable Bentong Programme' campaign in Bentong. On his right is Bentong Municipal Council president Mohammad Shahid Ismail.

BENTONG, Malaysia - There are plans to make Bentong a satellite city.

Among them are the construction of affordable homes, upgrading of infrastructure and public transportation connecting Bentong and Kuala Lumpur as well as nearby towns.

Bentong MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the town, which is about 70km from Kuala Lumpur, had all the criteria and potential to be another Petaling Jaya.

He added that Bentong, which has a population of 100,000, had a green environment with a beautiful hill.

"The people are happy living in such an environment and (that is why) Bentong is placed among the Top Five in the country's Happy Index and the position is rising," said Liow.

Houses in Bentong, he added, were much cheaper than those in the city.

"We are also planning to build about 2,000 affordable homes here," he said at the Sustainable Bentong Programme here yesterday.

He added that the roads and infrastructure here would continue to be upgraded to make Bentong more attractive to tourists.

When opening the Pahang MCA convention in Mentakab later, Liow, who is also Transport Minister and MCA president, said Bentong would be more accessible with the completion of the 390km Central Spine Road project.

The highway linking Kuala Krai in Kelantan and Pahang's Simpang Pelangai will pass through towns such as Karak, Bentong, Raub, Kuala Lipis and Gua Musang.

The RM400mil (S$156.33 million) project to upgrade the railway system from Gemas in Negri Sembilan to Mentakab and Gua Musang in Kelantan is also under way.

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