VIBRANT:Residents should welcome more projects to develop Brickfields as it will benefit them
DEPUTY Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan is urging Brickfields residents to accept development as it would benefit them.
"The government has upgraded this place into an iconic and vibrant tourist enclave with its Little India appeal.
"We should welcome more projects to develop this place," he said during the opening of the Gotong-Royong Perdana Brickfields at the Jalan Chan Ah Tong field.
Saravanan denied he was referring to people who objected to Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB)'s project on Chan Ah Tong field here.
The land was recently given to MRCB as part of the privatisation exchange plan.
"I have not viewed MRCB's plan on this land yet.
"The community here has to accept the rapid development in this area," said Saravanan, who is also the vice-president of Malaysian Indian Congress.
Saravanan also called for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) here to work together with the government to maintain the cleanliness of Little India.
"We should not allow anyone to hold any kind of demonstration here as it would tarnish the image of the place," he said in reference to the recent hunger strike by Return Effingham Land Action Team (Reflax).
Reflax was formed by former SJK (T) Effingham students, parents and teachers to get back half of the 2.4ha school land from MIC.
He said MIC was considering building a community centre on the said land for the benefit of the Indian community.
The gotong-royong in Brickfields involved about 300 people from City Hall's Bukit Bintang branch office, KL Star Rail Sdn Bhd, Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation, National Anti-Drug Agency Malaysia, The Temple of Fine Arts, Persatuan Young Men's Christian Association and Rukun Tetangga Brickfields.