Malay Village redevelopment could take four to five years

New plans to redevelop the “Malay Village” area in Geylang will be underway soon, starting with the formation of a working committee.

The committee will decide on how the precinct will look like and engage community stakeholders for their views.

Dr Mohamad Maliki Osman, who will oversee the development, said it is too early to tell how much it will cost but estimated the project could take four to five years to complete.

“We want to make sure that it becomes a cultural hub,” said Dr Maliki, who is an MP for East Coast GRC.

“There will be a civic plaza that allows performances. We will make sure that the pathway along Geylang Road provides opportunities for cultural groups to use it as a space for them.

“So the whole of Geylang Serai precinct will be transformed into a uniquely and distinctly Malay heritage area,” added Dr Maliki.

Earlier Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at his National Day Rally that part of the Malay Village, whose lease will expire soon, will be developed into a civic centre and plaza. The working name for the centre is Wisma Geylang Serai.

He said that even as Geylang is modernised and upgraded, it will keep its Malay feel and character and its special place in the Malay community’s heart.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 14 Aug 2011

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