Sunday, 1 February 2009

1st. February - Federal Territories Day

Federal Territories - Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan - celebrate F.T day with the theme "Wilayah Maju Warga Sejahtera".

~* Kuala Lumpur * ~~~* Putrajaya * ~~~ * Labuan *~~

Kuala Lumpur achieved city status in 1972, becoming the first settlement in Malaysia to be granted the status after independence. Later, on February 1, 1974, Kuala Lumpur became a Federal Territory. Kuala Lumpur ceased to be the capital of Selangor in 1978 after the city of Shah Alam was declared as the new state capital.

On 14 May 1990, Kuala Lumpur was celebrated 100 years of local authority. The new federal territory of Kuala Lumpur flag and anthem were introduced.

Putrajaya, a planned city located just south of Kuala Lumpur, is the new federal administrative centre of Malaysia. Several Government offices have relocated there to gain relief from the overcrowding and congestion of Kuala Lumpur.

The city is named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra. In Bahasa Melayu, the Sanskrit-derived words "Putra" means son while "Jaya" means excel or success.

Labuan was ceded by Sabah to the federal government in 1984 and made a federal territory. In 1990, it was declared an international offshore financial centre and free trade zone.

Labuan is best known as an offshore financial centre offering international financial and business services via Labuan IBFC since 1990 as well as a tourist destination for nearby Bruneians and scuba divers. The name Labuan derives from the Malay word labuhan meaning anchorage.



Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique,
his vision to turn Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan into world-class cities

"The ministry was established in March 2004 because we needed a platform for the general direction of the three federal territories. In January 2005, a strategic plan was laid out to outline the direction, the needs as well as the mission of the ministry. This plan describes how it will manage the three local councils. The role of the ministry is to set policies and general guidelines. The day-to-day running of the areas, which I call the operational issues, are left to heads of the local councils. If the day-to-day operational issues are serious enough for the ministry to intervene, then we will come up with specific instructions."

(NST online)

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