DPM: KG BARU MUST CHANGE WITH TIMES

Ur­ban vil­lage in KL needs to ac­cept progress, says Zahid

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KAM­PUNG Baru must em­brace the de­velop ment and progress tak­ing place around it with­out shed­ding its Is­lamic and Malay spirit and iden­tity.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the gov­ern­ment had made amend­ments to rules, reg­u­la­tions and acts to en­sure that Kam­pung Baru landown­ers’ rights were safe­guarded.

“When we are sur­rounded by devel­op­ment and sky­scrapers, will (Kam­pung Baru) be left be­hind if (it does) not make an ef­fort to de­velop (it­self). A bal­ance is needed be­tween the old and new so that we do not stay in a co­coon with­out ac­knowl­edg­ing change.”

Zahid said res­i­dents of the cen­tury-old ur­ban vil­lage must not hold on to, or be overly nos­tal­gic about past glo­ries.

“The old must love the new and the new must re­spect the old. This should be the spirit of Kam­pung Baru’s devel­op­ment,” he said dur­ing the launch of a con­do­minium project, Res­i­densi Rah, yes­ter­day.

Zahid said he hoped res­i­dents and other par­ties would sup­port de­vel­op­ers so that Kam­pung Baru matched devel­op­ments in its sur­round­ing ar­eas.

At the launch, he took an ap­par­ent dig at for­mer prime min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad by say­ing that lead­ers of the past needed to re­spect those who re­placed them.

“If we were at the helm of power and lead­er­ship for more than two decades and we feel that the times were so glo­ri­ous, but if our time has passed, we also have to ad­mit that the time af­ter us is also great.

“We need to ac­knowl­edge that there is no old with­out the new and vice-versa. The old must love the new and the new must re­spect the old. This should be the at­ti­tude of Mus­lims and Malaysians.”

Zahid ad­vised those of dif­fer­ent faiths to re­spect Is­lam if they wanted Mus­lims to fol­low suit.

“Don’t in­ter­fere with our af­fairs, our laws and our rights.

“Is­lamic laws are not only just what is con­tained on pa­per. The laws must be based on the al-Qu­ran, sun­nah (the words and ac­tions of Prophet Muham­mad), ijma (con­sen­sus) of ula­mas and qiyas (com­par­i­son).”

Present at the launch was Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Tengku Adnan Tengku Man­sor and Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Datuk Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani.

PIC BY MOHD YUSNI ARIFFIN

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi look­ing at a model of Res­i­densi Rah at the launch of the con­do­minium project in Kam­pung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, yes­ter­day. With him are Fed­eral Ter­ri­to­ries Min­is­ter Tengku Adnan Tengku Man­sor (right) and Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Datuk Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani (sec­ond from right).

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