Published: Tuesday April 24, 2012 MYT 10:31:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday April 24, 2012 MYT 10:34:47 AM
Seremban to get city status this year
By SARBAN SINGH
SEREMBAN: Seremban will become the country's 12th city before the end of this year.
Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the Cabinet had agreed to this at its last meeting and the only processes left were to seek the consent of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and state ruler Tuanku Muhriz before the declaration could be made.
"I am glad to announce that the state government's application to amalgamate the Seremban and Nilai municipal councils has been approved. Seremban now fulfils all criteria to be declared a city," he said.
The other cities in the country are Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, South and North Kuching, Johor Baru, Kota Kinabalu, Shah Alam, Malacca, Alor Star, Miri, Petaling Jaya and Kuala Terengganu.
Chor said to qualify for city status, the local government should have a revenue of more than RM100mil and a population exceeding 500,000.
"The state government has gone through every stage to qualify for city status which, among others, includes having sufficient number of civil servants to serve the people in the area," he said at a dinner hosted by the Lobak Federation of Residents' Associations near here Monday night.
The population in Seremban and Nilai increased significantly after the opening of the KL International Airport and the opening up of new industrial, residential and institutions of higher learning in Nilai, Bandar Enstek and more recently, Bandar Sri Sendayan.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had in an earlier interview said the state authorities would not rush into declaring Seremban a city.
"We need to ensure the basic amenities and infrastructure, including public transport service, are in place and working well before we declare Seremban a city," he said.
The state government had submitted an application to merge both the Seremban and Nilai Municipal councils back in 2008.
Mohamad said the state government had fulfilled more than 20 conditions for city status some time ago but was awaiting the ministry's approval for the merger of the two municipal councils.