National Community Policy to uplift lives of the B40

Representatives from and participating companies at the meeting on the CSR programmes under the NCP last Friday. (Photo by Natalie Khoo/

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 19, 2019): The government is set to launch the National Community Policy (NCP) next month to help transform the lives of the B40 group, such as those living in the People’s Housing Projects (PPR).

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the NCP would entail the government going to the ground to educate and engage with the rakyat. The objective is to empower the B40 in multiple ways.

To do this more effectively, the ministry is also working with the private sector and NGOs. One of the areas of improvement identified is proper property management of their living premises.

“The new government is very focussed on the B40 group. We believe that if we can improve the quality of life or standard of living of this B40 group, it will also raise the status of Malaysia to be that of a developed country. So, this is something that we want to do,” she told reporters at a media conference after the launch of a property talk show at Wisma Bernama today.

“When I go down to the field and meet the B40 community, I always urge them to take care of the cleanliness of their houses and ensure the safety of the premises. Because when you want to upgrade or move to a bigger house and sell the present house, it will give you a good price,”she added.

Meanwhile, is spearheading a list of companies in the private sector, mainly developers, to help contribute towards the success of the NCP.

Zuraida: It is important to ensure that the mission is successful. (Photo by Low Yen Yeing/

Last Friday (Jan 11), and some of the participating companies attended a meeting held at the ministry chaired by KPKT deputy secretary general (policy) Dr Mary Wong Lai Lin. Those present included representatives from Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd, Gamuda Land, IOI Properties Group Bhd, Mah Sing Group Bhd, MKH Bhd, OSK Property, Paramount Property, SunSuria and Henry Butcher Malaysia (Mont’Kiara) who shared ideas on how they could improve the lives of the B40 group.

“The NCP is one of KPKT’s initiatives to create a sustainable generation and community with the involvement of all parties,” Zuraida told

“It is important to ensure that the mission is successful; the government, public and the private sectors work together for the development of society.

“This includes empowering communities with noble values and strengthening the spirit of unity among the populations within a community,” she added.

The seven main clusters of the NCP are infrastructure and maintenance; cleanliness, environment and health; safety; education, awareness and skills; caring for the needy, elderly, women, children and disabled; social services; entrepreneurship and social business; and sports and recreation.

This story first appeared in the pullout on Jan 18, 2019. You can access back issues here.

Residential component of Paramount’s Atwater 85% sold

Beh: Some 70% of the buyers of Atwater are owner-occupiers while the rest are investors.

Jan 14, 2019: Paramount Property Development Sdn Bhd has sold 85% of the serviced apartment units at its integrated development Atwater in Petaling Jaya since they were launched in March.

The company’s CEO Beh Chun Chong tells City & Country that the buyers are aged between 25 and 45 and are mostly from Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Subang Jaya. Some 70% of them are owner-occupiers while the rest are investors.

“The response has been positive, with good take-up rates — for the smaller units by first-time homeowners as well as the units that come with senior-friendly features,” he adds.

There are 493 units in two blocks, Towers 1 and 2. The smaller units of 670 and 703 sq ft offer 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The bigger units range from 853 sq ft to 1,422 sq ft. Most of them are semidee units that offer natural ventilation in the bathrooms and yard area.

About 20% of the units in Tower 2 can be turned into assisted living units with age-friendly features such as switches at a lower level, wider bathroom doors and slopes as well as a ledge for seated showering and toilet support rails in the master bathroom.

The facilities include a swimming pool, fitness centre, badminton court, basketball court, exercise station, reflexology path and yoga pavilions nestled in a communal garden. Construction is at Stage 2(a) for Tower 1, and Stage 1 for Tower 2.

Located next to Sin Chew Media Corp Bhd’s headquarters on Jalan Universiti, Atwater sits on 5.09 acres that was once occupied by Philips Malaysia before Paramount Corp acquired it in 2009 for the expansion of KDU College in Damansara Jaya. The tertiary education centre was eventually relocated to Utropolis Glenmarie, an integrated development anchored by the 10-acre flagship campus of KDU University College, which has 7,500 students.

With a total gross development value of RM800 million, Atwater consists of residential, commercial and retail components. The commercial component, which consists of two office blocks, will sit atop a 2-storey retail podium. These two components were put up for sale at end-November.

Atwater is accessible via several highways, including the Federal Highway, North South-Central Link, New Klang Valley Expressway and New Pantai Expressway. It is also near various amenities such as Columbia Asia Medical Centre, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, Jaya One and Masjid Tun Abdul Aziz.

A melting ‘port’ of culture and delectables

Jan 4, 2019: After all, Klang was sparked to vitality by its strategic position as a trading port as well as its tin-mining industry since the 1400s. Notably, Klang served as the centre of administration from 1874 to 1880 during the British colonisation. Having played a significant role in the formation of Selangor, today it remains the royal town of the state.

Steeped in such deep history, Klang is marked with age-old structures and cultural sights. In fact, tourists can get some inside stories and exclusive entries to otherwise restricted sites if they join the free weekend Klang Cultural Heritage Trail initiated by Tourism Selangor and the Klang Municipal Council. Eleven treasures in the town centre are featured in the 3km walk, including the former Chartered Bank building, Royal Klang Club, Alam Shah Palace, Klang Fire Station and Raja Abdullah Warehouse.

The intertwining of the Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, along with the co-existence of the four main religions in the country are evident in the numerous landmarks in the town centre, demonstrating the muhibbah spirit that has been alive in the Klang community for centuries.

To paint a clearer picture, Live! highlights eight more experiences here:

Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery. (Photos by Low Yen Yeing/

1. Sultan Abdul Aziz Royal Gallery

Built in 1909, it houses a museum that tells of the origins of the Selangor sultanate which dates back to 1766. Besides admiring the classic colonial architecture, visitors get to view replicas of Selangor’s crown jewels. Established in honour of the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who was the Eighth Sultan of Selangor from 1960 and Eleventh Yang di-Pertuan Agong in 2001, glimpses of the monarch’s life are exhibited through photos and over 2,000 pieces of personal collections of artifacts and memorabilia.

2. Eng Ann morning market

Decades old, the roughly 500m stretch + 100m lane is popular for its wide array of not just fresh meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, but also kitchen appliances, apparel, accessories, shoes, bed sheets, traditional medicine and even car accessories. A favourite for local breakfast items like nyonya kuih, nasi lemak, tau foo fah and yao zha guay, it is crowded daily with shoppers from Klang as well as surrounding neighbourhoods like Shah Alam, Subang and Petaling Jaya.

3. Little India

The biggest Indian street in Malaysia, it presents a feast of sights, sounds and smells from a myriad of shops and stalls lining the main road and several alleys. A complete range of everything Indian is available here — clothing, textiles, footwear, jewellery, sweetmeats, snacks, garlands, spices, vegetables, decorations, cooking utensils, CDs of Bollywood tunes and many more. And don’t leave without trying the banana leaf rice here.

Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque

4. Sultan Sulaiman Royal Mosque

The building is a showcase of architectural artistry and finesse from the early 1930s. Crafted by British designers, it is a blend of Islamic, Western Art Deco and Neoclassical styles. Some of its outstanding features include the solid pebbledash facade walls and the magnificent stained glass on its vaulted ceiling. Its grounds also house the royal mausoleum of the late Sultan Salahuddin. The mausoleum is directly linked to the Alam Shah Palace via the Royal Stairs.

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes.

5. Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

The Roman Catholic worship centre can be identified by its Gothic-style architecture. Built in 1928, its sanctuary features exquisite stained glass panes depicting the story of Jesus Christ. Visitors are also welcomed into its chapel to view the two glass panels which made headlines in 2012 for the unexplained formation of images which resemble the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Guan Yin Temple.

6. Guan Yin Temple

The oldest temple in Malaysia, The Guan Yin Temple was built in 1892. It was almost destroyed by termites before the Sultan of Selangor declared it a state heritage site, initiating its restoration. Elaborate Chinese artisanship of stone and timber line its many walls, ceilings and statues. Adding to its attraction is a Chinese garden with vibrantly-coloured Koi fish swimming in its pond.

Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple.

7. Sri Nagara Thendayuthapani Temple

The 150-year old temple is one of the oldest in Klang, serving the first Indian immigrants to our shores. The colour of its intricate sculptures on the multi-decked roof may have weathered, but their forms remain iconic. It is still an important congregation point for Hindu devotees today.

Chong Kok Kopitiam.

8. Chong Kok Kopitiam

The choice is yours, it’s all freshly homemade — the kaya, wholemeal bun, egg sponge cake, cheese cake and tart, nyonya kuih, nasi lemak bungkus, pisang goreng, cucur udang and more. Or it could be the kopi, from coffee beans roasted and ground within the shop itself, sold from only RM1.70 per cup. Or the perfectly soft-boiled eggs and the seven varieties of toast and steamed bread. Whatever the lure, this kopitiam has, since 1940, successfully embodied the muhibbah spirit, where the Malays, Chinese and Indians eat side by side unreservedly.

A popular spot for foodie hunt

Of course, the story of Klang would be incomplete without a mention of its other delectable indulgences, especially its bak kut teh. One popular place to enjoy this hot meal is Berkeley Garden. Located in the heart of Klang, Berkeley Garden is also frequented for its mee hoon kuih, fried porridge, traditional charcoal steamboat, coffee pork chop, the wide selection of seafood dishes and a whole variety of food joints.

Berkeley Garden is among the pioneers in the residential development of Klang, having been established 35 years ago. Its developer, Paramount Property is a trusted brand among the Klangites for having birthed and nurtured Berkeley Garden to be what it is today — a mature residential community with a complete array of amenities to meet every daily need.

Injecting new life into Klang

Like a grande dame, the vicinity of Berkeley Garden offers comfort and familiarity to its denizens, which explains why most prefer to stay rooted in this well-aged town. At the same time, Paramount Property recognises its need for an injection of new life to rev up its staying power as a sought-after residential and socio-economic hub.

To this end, Paramount Property is now pioneering a 33-acre mixed-use development named Berkeley Uptown, anchored by the Sri KDU International School (primary and secondary) on five acres, to offer world-class education by 2021. With serviced apartments, commercial zones for retail and offices as well as a big public park, Berkeley Uptown is set to fulfill the upgraders’ wish for a modern lifestyle within this mature enclave.

Artist’s impression of Berkeley Uptown serviced apartments. (Images by Paramount Property)

Enriching generational living with modern amenities

Located a stone’s throw away from Berkeley Garden, the freehold project will offer many second and third generations who have grown up there options for new homes to stay near their parents.

The diversified built-ups are aimed at facilitating multi-generational living, either in separate units or under one roof. For those who are just venturing into independent living, there will be 550 sq ft units priced below RM300,000. For less than RM500,000, units measuring 868 sq ft and 1,093 sq ft are also available, and they are just nice for couples and small families.

Notably, a limited number of garden villa units measuring 1,596 and 1,612 sq ft will interest those who want premium units with landed home conveniences like doorstep car parks and spacious layouts. With access to all the lifestyle facilities available to serviced residences, these villa units will get the best of both worlds.

To meet a foremost demand, Berkeley Uptown will be safeguarded within three-tier security that includes a 24-hour gated-and-guarded entrance and access card system.

Some units will enjoy views of the urban park and recreational facilities as depicted in this artist’s impression.

Angled to front the eye-soothing open park and river, the 30-storey serviced apartments will enjoy far-reaching views. Besides the generous greens and recreational facilities from the urban park, dwellers will get to relax in their own exclusive landscaped sanctuaries inspired by the mangrove trees.

“Thriving along the edges of the river, the mangrove flourishes the land by purifying the water and providing shelter to its inhabitants… it attracts other forms of life that co-exist,” says Paramount Property CEO of property division, Beh Chun Chong. “This will be reflected in our landscape design to provide abundance, comfort and goodness to our residents.”

Catering to both young and old, there will be a Leisure Lepak Park where residents can take a walk, cycle, bring their pets for a stroll, jog, climb mounds and exercise. Meanwhile, the level-8 facility deck will feature an Olympic-length pool, wading pool, gym, reading room, games room, herb garden, siesta lounge and multi-purpose hall. All these green pockets are formed to embrace its residents within the bosom of Mother Earth.

“Berkeley Uptown aims to be a progressive representation of modern tropical architecture with the beauty of old charm in the city of Klang,” Beh says, adding that the first phase of serviced apartments will be launched in the first quarter of 2019.

The freehold development will be located beside Jalan Goh Hock Huat, bordering the Klang central business district on the west. Since May 2017, Jalan Goh Hock Huat has also been connected to Jalan Tanjung Sawal by a third bridge.

Linked to Jalan Kapar, residents will be able to easily access Jalan Meru and the Federal Highway, as well as NKVE. With Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya new town centres located 10km and 27km away respectively, this development will also be a good choice for those working in these places.

When completed, Berkeley Uptown will merely be 1.5km from the existing Klang KTM station. Additionally, a proposed LRT Line 3 will place it 1.7km away from the Klang Station, allowing convenient access to the Kuala Lumpur city centre through its direct link to the Bandar Utama station, which is integrated with the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.

Sited at Klang’s main axis, Berkeley Uptown is surrounded by all the amenities that make life so at ease here. Besides shops catering to every daily necessity, there are several malls within a 3km to 5km radius, including Klang Parade, Setia City Mall, Bukit Raja Shopping Centre, Centro Mall and Aeon Bukit Tinggi. It is also in close proximity to a host of established schools, like the well-reputed Pin Hwa High School sited just next to the development, and others such as Regent International School, Beaconhouse Sri Lethia, Sri Acmar International School and Tenby International School. As many as six medical centres surround Berkeley Uptown within a 6km radius. The closest includes the KPJ Klang Hospital, Klang Manipal Hospital and Sri Kota Specialist Medical Centre.

This story first appeared in Live! 2019 magazine. Download your copy of the magazine here.

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