The Greater KL area – essentially the Klang Valley – now has a population of 7.5 million people and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the region. While this causes some alarm to residents who worry how the city will handle the growing amount of traffic, it is part of the government’s master plan to make it one of the world top 20 cities. In fact, by 2020 the expectation is that Greater KL will have a population of some 10 million people.
On the positive side, KL is being recognised as a city which has the ability to attract capital, businesses, foreign talent, and visitors. A recent report assessed 120 cities around the world and KL landed in 45th place (and 11th in Asia Pacific). This ranking can surely be expected to improve as the various economic policies kick in.
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