At a special meeting today The Outdoor Trust met with Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia and YBhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Mhd. Amin Nordin bin Abd Aziz, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur.
Y.A.M. Tunku Tan Sri Imran ibni Almarhum Tuanku Ja’afar, President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia, and YBhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Mhd. Amin Nordin bin Abd Aziz, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur with Outdoor Trust CEO Jim Walker at City Hall Kuala Lumpur today.
After a short introductory presentation by Trust CEO Jim Walker, the concept of a Commonwealth Walkway was agreed instantly by The Mayor. A draft route was shared at the meeting which, it was agreed, complemented the City's plans for further heritage trails to interpret the City. The Trust will now work with the City Planners to refine the route, led by Nik Mastura Diyana Binti Nik Mohamad, the Senior Deputy Director of the Physical Planning Section of Urban Planning.
In the current draft, there are 23 significant points of interest connected by the Walkway. These include:
1. The Independence Day Flag Pole in Merdeka Square
2. The Royal Selangor Club
3. St Mary's Cathedral
4. City Theatre - Panggung Bandaraya
5. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
6. Masjid Jamek (Jamek Mosque) at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers
7. The Art House Gallery, Central Market and Katsuri Walk
8. The Guan Di Temple
9. Sri Mahamariamman Temple
10. Malayan Railway Station and The KTMB Head Quarters Building
11. National Museum
12. The Planetarium
13. The Police Museum
14. The Tun Abdul Razak Memorial
15. The Bird Park
16. The Orchid Gardens
17. The Hibiscus Gardens
18. The Butterfly park
19. National Mosque
20. Islamic Arts Museum
21. Textile Museum
22. Music Museum
23. City Art Gallery.
Mr Thomas Richards, The Director of Civil Engineering and Urban Transportation Department, kindly offered to coordinate the delivery of the Walkway once the project had been agreed by the Federal Minister. The Trust will liaise with Mr Richards on the marker and panel design and installation works.
Prince Imran commented that 2017 was going to be an extra ordinary year for Malaysia and hoped that the Walkway could be ready by the middle of August to take advantage of several planned celebrations including: hosting the South East Asia Games in August; the 60th year of independence celebrations (also in August); and the Queen's Baton Relay in October. It was agreed to work towards completing the Walkway by 12th August (in 10 months time) so that the route could be celebrated as part of these events. The committee were keen to support, in the longer term, the concept of an annual Walk too once the path was established on the ground.
The draft route can be found on the Malaysia Commonwealth Walkway page and some images, from the research for the development of the route, are below to whet your appetite to come to Kuala Lumpur and enjoy this magnificent city.