Event show­cases govt’s plans to im­prove lives of Malaysians

New Straits Times - - Front Page - TAS­NIM LOKMAN KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE doors will be opened for the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence top­notch Malaysian in­fra­struc­ture and fa­cil­i­ties at Expo Negaraku at Dataran Merdeka here today.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan said the ex­hi­bi­tion was a plat­form to show­case the gov­ern­ment’s plans to im­prove the lives of Malaysians, es­pe­cially through cur­rent and up­com­ing projects.

“This expo is in­spired by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak, who wanted an in­ter­ac­tive and dig­i­tal expo to at­tract Malaysians and in­tro­duce to them in­fra­struc­ture that has been, and will be im­ple­mented in the coun­try,” he said.

He said some 500,000 peo­ple were ex­pected at­tend the expo, which would also high­light the Eco­nomic Planning Unit (EPU) to the peo­ple, and raise aware­ness of the EPU’s role in de­vel­op­ment projects.

Rah­man said the expo would be di­vided into five domes, with each car­ry­ing its own ex­hi­bi­tion theme: shared for­tune, in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties, life and well­be­ing, Malaysian life­style and brilliant fu­ture.

Highlights in­clude in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, in­clud­ing an air­port ter­mi­nal equipped with an air traf­fic con­trol sec­tion for vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence di­rect­ing air traf­fic.

There are vir­tual train rides, he said, where rid­ers could jump on the Light Tran­sit Rail, Kere­tapi Tanah Me­layu and Mass Rapid Tran­sit.

For the Kuala Lumpur-Sin­ga­pore High-Speed Rail (HSR), scenic views will greet “com­muters”.

Rah­man said peo­ple could take in the views of Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Kedah, as well as the North-South Ex­press­way at the Malaysian Life­style dome.

The fi­nal dome was a fu­tur­is­tic one, he said, where vis­i­tors could im­merse them­selves in a 360° dis­play of the fu­ture, which in­cluded Ban­dar Malaysia, Malaysia Vi­sion Val­ley and MyHSR.

“We have mu­si­cal per­for­mances, food trucks and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors.

“Due to the lim­ited park­ing space, vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to use pub­lic trans­porta­tion.

“Those us­ing Grab will get a RM5 dis­count for each trip to and from the expo.”

The month-long expo, which is or­gan­ised by the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment, will run from today to Dec 15, and it is free of charge.

It is open from 10am to 10pm. Dur­ing the event, Jalan Raja at Dataran Merdeka will be closed for a month to en­sure a smooth traf­fic flow for vis­i­tors.


Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Ab­dul Rah­man Dahlan (sec­ond from left) with se­nior me­dia mem­bers at the Expo Negaraku me­dia pre­view in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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