KUALA KANGSAR (Jan 14): The Kuala Kangsar Municipal Council (MPKK) has the potential to be upgraded to City Council status in the next two years.
Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the royal town was renowned for its education institutions such as Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah Malaysia and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.
“I hope the MPKK can take advantage of all this to further improve its performance and enliven the royal town.
“Besides, the Sultan (Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah) also receives international guests so it is necessary for MPKK to be upgraded,” she told reporters after a meeting with MPKK staff here today.
Earlier, Zuraida, also visited the Kuala Kangsar market, which has been operating for more than 30 years in Persiaran Bendahara, Bandar Baru here.
During the visit Zuraida announced a RM1 million allocation to the MPKK for consultation service on whether to upgrade the market or relocate it.
Zuraida added that the ministry had also approved RM1.2 million to upgrade Dewan Chandan Putri and was considering approving another RM3 million to upgrade the Chandan Bukit Hall.
“Also this morning, RM3.7 million was allocated for upgrading the market and a business arcade in Gerik,” she said.