KUALA LUMPUR: A fully air-conditioned RM100mil pedestrian walkway linking Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Bukit Bintang, two major retail and tourism spots here, is open now. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak signed a special plaque near a shopping mall in Bukit Bintang yesterday.
The walkway includes a 562m long and five-metre wide elevated walkway that traverses through the busy areas of Jalan Pinang, Jalan Perak and Jalan Raja Chulan with escalator and staircase entry and exit points at strategic and convenient locations. The project was financed by Petronas under its social contribution programme.
It links the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to Impiana KLCC Hotel, and the hotel to the Pavilion bridge crossing at Bukit Bintang. The other portion is made up of a pedestrian tunnel from the concourse level of the convention centre which now links to the existing tunnel to the Suria KLCC shopping complex.
“With the linkages, the public can now travel on foot from Bukit Bintang and Raja Chulan monorail stations to the KLCC LRT Station via Suria KLCC in the cool comfort of the air-conditioned covered walkway and tunnels,” a statement said, as quoted by Bernama.
At another function in Serdang, Najib said the Government had raised the allowance for Rela (People's Volunteer Corp) members from RM4 to RM6 per hour. Rela officers would also enjoy the RM2 increase in their allowance to RM7.80 per hour, he said.
“This is an appreciation to members of the corps who have sacrificed their time in helping out the authorities.” He said Rela had requested for the raise and that “as a caring Government that always give priority to the people's welfare, the request can be approved immediately.”