Bukit Kiara

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Bukit Kiara
Bukit Kiara is located in Malaysia
Bukit Kiara
Bukit Kiara
Location within Malaysia
Bukit Kiara is located in Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Kiara
Bukit Kiara
Bukit Kiara shown within Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates: 3°8′5″N 101°38′28″E / 3.13472°N 101.64111°E / 3.13472; 101.64111Coordinates: 3°8′5″N 101°38′28″E / 3.13472°N 101.64111°E / 3.13472; 101.64111
Country Malaysia
State Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Constituency Segambut
Government
 • Local Authority Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur
 • Mayor Ahmad Fuad Ismail
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
Postcode 50480 and 60000
Dialling code +60 32
Police Brickfields, Dang Wangi
Fire Sri Hartamas

Bukit Kiara is an affluent suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The area is in proximity to the suburbs of Bukit Damansara, TTDI, Mont Kiara, Sri Hartamas and Bangsar. Bukit Kiara has often been described[by whom?] as the 'green lung' of Kuala Lumpur, boasting many jungle trails through its characteristic hills. Despite rapid housing and commercial development in the area, the area is still known as an enigmatic and exclusive area of Kuala Lumpur.[citation needed] The Securities Commission Malaysia headquarters, the National Science Centre and the Educational Technology Division (Bahagian Teknologi Pendidikan) are located here.

Upcoming developments on several tracts of land in Bukit Kiara has met with protests from several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), citing the area's "green lung" status as a factor.[1]

History[edit]

The area was once a rubber estate until it was acquired by the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in 1980.[2]

Recreation[edit]

Bukit Kiara is well equipped for recreational purposes as the area is home to Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort, Selangor Club, Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club and Bukit Kiara Sports Complex. Private facilities for members include a swimming pool, spa, gym, indoor and outdoor tennis, basketball, and badminton courts, a bowling alley, horse riding and polo facilities, restaurants, golf, fishing and billiard rooms.

For avid hikers and bikers within the confines of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Bukit Kiara's routes and technical trails are just about the best in the area.[citation needed]The trail roads stretch 15 kilometers but these trails are diminishing. Owned and maintained by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, many segments of Kiara's lush greenery have been compromised for development, mostly attributed to the manifestation of Vision 2020. Many of such cases include the deforestation of previous trails such as "Dogs", "Banana Ridge" and "The Creek" for what Malaysians now know as the Penchala Tunnel.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bukit Kiara White Paper". Boulanger, Simon (commissioned by KLCCcondominiums.com.my). Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  2. ^ Bernama (Jul 14, 1980). "130 estate workers to be retrenched". New Straits Times Malaysia. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Joe Adnan (2 September 2003). "Bukit Kiara". Kuala Lumpur Mountain Bike Hash. Retrieved 2009-06-24.