Snags in Seremban’s city status bid

SEREMBAN, May 24 — The long-awaited city status of Seremban has been drastically affected by street crime that has gripped this town.

Seremban is set to be the 12th city in the country, and while it has met several standards that have qualified it to be called a city, public security and public transportation seems to be severely lacking.

The city status has been made possible with the merger of the Seremban Municipal Council and the Nilai Municipal Council. It will be renamed the Seremban City Council.

Attaining city status is not just about exceeding a 500,000 population requirement, but providing all the elements of a society that enjoys a new-found lifestyle and environment.

It’s not just about both councils accomplishing an annual revenue of more than RM100 million.

“Development may be on the rise but the people must feel safe. Public security is paramount if Seremban is to stand as the best city to live in.” said long-time resident S.Sathasivam.

Seremban and Nilai have prospered with the opening of new townships, such as Seremban 2 & 3, Bandar Sri Sendayan, Bandar Enstek and Bandar Baru Nilai.

The image has been further bolstered with the setting up of research and educational institutions such as Britain’s Epsom College, the Nilai Cancer Institute, Inti International University, Nilai Polytechnic, International Islamic University Malaysia’s medical faculty and International University College of Nursing, he said.

Their closeness to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as well as several industrial area in Nilai have made Seremban a prime place for development. -
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