When I was a kid, growing up in Klang was exciting. It was undeniably the most comforting memory I had. Early in the morning, the air was fresher and sound of birds chirping can be heard. In the afternoon, housewives would be cooking in the kitchen and the scent of curry would linger in the air. When evening came, kids would be running outside playing catch or cycling up and down the street. Then in the night when the moon is up, family chatters and the sound of drama series playing on television can be heard throughout my neighborhood. My suburban neighborhood was the safest and happiest place I know.
Today, Klang is no longer the same as it used to be. My hometown, is currently filled with almost a million people, multiracial and of different nationality, it is no longer the same as it was 10 years ago. The city without a doubt developed well over the years. As the time goes, so does the infrastructures within. High rise building started to increase, high ways begun to cut across town and cars of all kinds started pouring in. Ironically, as all these man-made structures grew, natural resources like trees became increasingly hard to spot. The air was no longer fresh, scent of cooking in housing areas no longer lingers and kids nowadays are inside than out. More so, as cars and people increase, kids no longer are safe to play outside as crime is rising today (M.Mageswari, 2015).
Is it possible that as the city grow well and prosper, the basic aspect of a city such as safety and comfort are sacrifice for the sake of richness and fortune?
Coming to terms, Klang can be labeled as a creative city. It was learnt that in general debate, this term is associated with neoliberal globalization strategies (Pratt, 2011). It is how and what ways a city can be sold either its people or culture to attract investments. Looking at Klang, the increase development of houses, hotels, shop lots and highways are definite (Muthiah, 2014). Yet, the people of different cultural background and heritage remains unchanged. Even the food are well known with Bak Kut Teh, a Chinese cuisine of meaty pork in broth infused with spices and herbs (Tan, 2015) and Banana Leaf Rice, an Indian cuisine of rice and vegies served on banana leaf (Lifestyle, 2014) as one of the must eat in Klang. Both the development and the culture of Klang caters to what creative city is meant for, to provide a spot for tourist to travel at the same time maintaining the cultural aspect of the city.
Hence, with Klang growing by day, safety should be a main concern. With the town transforming into a creative city that caters to tourist, even local residents should be ensured that it is a place that is safe to visit or stay. What do you think?
Is this right?
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