Bangsar South

Coordinates: 3°06′38″N 101°39′59″E / 3.1106019°N 101.6662729°E / 3.1106019; 101.6662729

Bangsar South (Malay: Bangsar Selatan) is an integrated property development project which sits on the former Kampung Kerinchi site in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is renamed of Kampung Kerinchi from the developer to upscale the value of land. The 60-acre (240,000 m2) development was undertaken by UOA Group, which acquired the land once known as south of bangsar back in 2005. The site is located near Menara Telekom and the Mid Valley Megamall. Other notable landmarks in the vicinity are the Angkasapuri building and the University of Malaya. Existing residential projects in the immediate vicinity consist of affordable apartments and flats such as Vista Angkasa apartments, Kampung Kerinchi and Sri Angkasa flats. The Kampung Kerinchi project features several modern office towers, mid to high-end condominiums, as well as retail and commercial spaces.

Bangsar South during night
Bangsar South's signage along Jalan Kerinchi

In 2007, prior to construction, the developer carried out upgrading and landscaping works in Kampung Kerinchi, including the widening of the main access road and new pedestrian walkways, in attempts to rejuvenate and enhance the area dubbed as "unattractive".[1][2]

HealthcareEdit

The LifeCare Diagnostic Medical Centre was opened in mid-2012. The University Malaya Medical Centre is nearby.

Public transportationEdit

 
Bangsar South - Kerinchi LRT Station linkbridge

The development is connected to the  KJ18  Kerinchi via a pedestrian bridge and  KJ19  KL Gateway-Universiti stations on the Kelana Jaya Line.

ShoppingEdit

 
The KL Gateway Mall
 
Vista Angkasa Apartments

Name change issueEdit

The name of Bangsar South has been an issue of controversy in light of the 2018 Malaysian general election. Parti Keadilan Rakyat politician; Fahmi Fadzil; who was in the running for the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat in which the area was included in, used the name change in his election campaign to distinguish Bangsar South and Kampung Kerinchi residents. As Kampung Kerinchi is the original name, used by Indonesian immigrants during British Malaya, he argues that the name should not be changed,[3] which caused stirred discussion on social media.[4] Bangsar South used to be known as Kampung Kerinchi until the name was changed by the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur in 2012 to reflect its upgraded image.[5]

Kampung Kerinchi name supporters, who consisted mainly of long-time settlers in the area, argued that the name change has been made directly by DBKL and politician in fast track without formal consultation or cooling period from neither new Bangsar South residents and old Kampung Kerinchi residents, and that the name should be kept for the sake of nostalgia.[6] On the other hand, Bangsar South name supporters; mostly property investors and new owners of Bangsar South property, expressed dismay due to potential loss of investment in the area, as the name change to "Bangsar South" was part of the successful re-branding that has attract investors.[7][8] Others argued that while the name change is encouraged, there are issues such as rising gentrification in the area that needs to be solved first.[9]

After the general elections, MP Fahmi Fadzil who won the seat for Lembah Pantai, worked with DBKL to rename the area Bangsar South and the surrounding area as "Kampung Kerinchi". He has since clarified that this was caused due to a confusion that Bangsar South occupied a larger area, and was re-defined to only refer to the commercial development in the area.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Making of the 'new' Bangsar". 6 July 2009. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  2. ^ "UOA sets out to remake Kampung Kerinchi". 21 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Some Netizens Are Unhappy That Bangsar South's Name May be Reverted to Kampung Kerinchi". 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ "'Bangsar South' officially reverts to Kg Kerinchi in win for identity, tradition". www.msn.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Bangsar South or Kampung Kerinchi: A lesson in branding". 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/04/bangsar-south-means-nothing-give-us-back-kerinchi-say-residents/[bare URL]
  7. ^ "Change Bangsar South back to Kerinchi? 'Irrational', says estate agent".
  8. ^ "Some Netizens Are Unhappy That Bangsar South's Name May be Reverted to Kampung Kerinchi". 6 June 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/09/10/name-change-can-wait-fix-other-issues-in-bangsar-south-first/[bare URL]
  10. ^ "Bangsar South/Kampung Kerinchi issue was due to confusion | New Straits Times". 21 January 2019.

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