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Kevin Rennie
Citizen journalist, Teacher (retired),Volunteer (Melbourne, Australia)

I am a retired secondary teacher and unionist. I have been an Australian Labor Party member since 1972. After teaching in Victorian schools from 1975, I spent 8 years teaching in the Northern Territory: 4 in Katherine, followed by 4 in Maningrida, an aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Returned in June 2008 to Melbourne to live after 15 months in Broome. Now live near Red Bluff which overlooks Half Moon Bay on Port Phillip Bay's eastern side. I am a Global Voices author.


Kuala Lumpur Moving towards Megatropolis

Published 25th August 2010 - 3 comments - 3077 views -


Kuala Lumpur

Source: New Straits Times Malaysia

Malaysia aims to create of Greater Kuala Lumpur global city by 2020. It is planned to have over 7 million people by that year.

The two accompanying videos were taken in Kuala Lumpur between the 15th and 20th August 2010.


KL Sunday Images from Kevin Rennie on Vimeo.

It’s a bold agenda. They aim to “make the best place to live in” (KL + 9, New Straits Times 16 August 2010). Traffic, trains and other public transport, pollution, open space, high-density living and rivers are just some of the areas presenting challenges.

The Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Raja Nong Chi has a vision of a livable city: “We aim to be the only Metropolis in Asia" (Greater KL to be a top metropolis by 2020, New Straits Times 16 August 2010). Malaysia often refers to itself as a ‘middle-income’ country and aims to meet the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


Towards a Modern Megatropolis: Kuala Lumpur 2010 from Kevin Rennie on Vimeo.

Nine Th!nk3: Developing World bloggers visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August 2010. We attended the 'Online Journalism: Chances and Challenges' conference hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. In addition we made a number of field trips.

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  • Iwona Frydryszak on 25th August 2010:

    I wonder what are your personal feelings after being in this metropolis?

  • Kevin Rennie on 25th August 2010:


    It was my third visit. The first was in 1980. Still enjoy the older parts of KL: Little India, China Town and the public buildings and museums. The textiles museum is a favourite.

    Peak hour traffic was too familiar. Multiple lane roads are often difficult to cross - they seem to divide everything. The driver-less train was a hoot! A pity there aren’t more lines.

    The green, tropical look takes off much of the harder edges of a modern concrete and glass city. Would think that many people have a very pleasant, livable urban existence. It’s not rally a mega-city now and won’t be for some time to come.

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 26th August 2010:

    thanks for sharing, I would love to see it one day. It’s great to see you all on the video. It’s funny how Stefan is yawning smile

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