LEMBAH Perpaduan, which translates to “Valley of Unity”, is the Federal capital’s new tagline.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan who announced this after launching “The Wall of Love” mural, a beautification programme at Park Royal Hotel, said the new tagline will promote the spirit of unity and diversity which he says seem to be lacking in the city amongst its citizens today.
“We are looking at promoting unity, engaging with the residents, promoting friendship, and expanding relationships,” he said at the event on Saturday (July 20).
Nor Hisham said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) plans to carry out programmes like sports, food fest and other events to bring people together.
“I am a KL boy, and I grew up near a Chinese village. I had Chinese and Indian friends, and we would play together, chase the cows and goats together and that closeness is what’s missing in today’s society,” he said.
“That kind of experience, feelings, are what I want to bring back into today’s culture.
“I cannot explain it, people need to experience it to understand what I am talking about.
“So that’s why I think we need to inculcate this old feel-good cultures of yesteryear into today’s society,” he added.
The mayor added that programmes to promote the new tagline will start in the Kampung Baru and Chow Kit areas.
Nor Hisham said DBKL was already engaging with the community there on the activities they will be doing.
When asked what would happen to the older taglines of the city, the mayor said it would remain for the time being.
The mayor commended the Park Royal Hotel and Kumpulan Legacy 93, for their Wall of Love project, a mural, that he said brought vibrancy to the city.
“This project is exactly what I am talking about when I say I want to do programmes that bring people closer.
“The community working together for the betterment of the city,” he said.
The Wall of Love mural located near the hotel’s parking lot features a colourful illustration of the city’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL.
On the city’s ageing population, the mayor said future developments in the city will look into catering to the needs of older residents.
“We will make sure that for high-rise buildings, the lower units will only be allocated for the older residents with accessibility to amenities and facilities like public transport and clinics located close by,” he said.