I first came to Bandar Baru Bangi in 1983. The place was then really eerily quiet and full of ready made homes but they were no takers. They were a handful of house buyers who bought corner lot houses in sections 1,2 and 3 but that's about it. In the middle of 1980s because they were not many people who were interested in buying the houses, the state development corporation or PKNS offered a special program in which people would rent out the houses and later used their rental payments as down payment to buy those houses. The program was partially successful because some people managed to buy some those houses . I for one really regret for not buying those houses because my family I was too afraid to live at the corner lot with no neighbors. But today Bandar Baru Bangi is really a proper and thriving suburban area with a sizable number of middle class and upper middle class people. The area is also becoming a mecca for noveau rich Malay families driving their expensive continental cars such as Bentley, Ferrari and Porsche. Bandar Baru Bangi is actually a gold mine for many entrepreneurs.Although it is a booming town, there are a number of things that the town lacks. Below are some of my wish list of the things that I want this Malay town to have.
|Bandar Baru Bangi circa 1985|
I for one would like Bandar Baru Bangi to have a proper shopping mall that is seasonably big and that caters for the upper middle class families. I am thinking of the SACC mall in Shah Alam that is really nice and the tenants contain some of the famous shops/stores and that the same sized mall could be replicated and built in Bandar Baru Bangi. Better still if the mall has a hyper market as its main anchor tenant. What we have at present is a mini Giant supermarket that bought over Econsave at the Warta superstore. The mini hypermarket is too small to cater to the explosion of Bangi population. Billion supermarket is also too small for the people of Bangi. In fact, a lot of Putrajaya residents actually shop in Bandr Baru Bangi. They feel more comfortable to look for provisions in Bangi than in Putrajaya. Hence, the consumer market is actually very big in Bangi because it caters also for some residents of Putrajaya. Clearly, the buying power of the residents in this town is really awesome. It is really sad if the State government ignores the potential of development of the up coming town.
Another aspect that is clearly lacking in this town is a proper convention center that could be converted to an opulent wedding hall. As it is now, most families are in their 50 and are beginning to receive hints from their daughters or sons of their intentions to get married. One thing for sure is that Bandar Baru clearly lacks a proper wedding hall that could accommodate around 1500-2000 people. As such, most wedding ceremonies had to be conducted in Putrajaya or in exams halls in UKM. But the latter is not a proper place to have a wedding reception. The former is always booked to the brim. I really wish that my son's wedding could be held in Bandar Baru Bangi and conducted in a very nice lavish hall in this town. I really wish that someone would hear these grouses and eventually built a nice convention center cum a wedding hall.
|New Bangi Gateway|
Another thing that is lacking in this booming academic town a an aquatic facilities that house Olympic sized swimming pools. We the people of Bandar Baru Bangi do envy the people of Putrajaya for having "Pusat Kejiranan" that includes a swimming pool and children's swimming area.We could not really share the amenities that are available there. I really hope that a world class swimming pool could be built in this town. I would definitely vote for the party that promises to built a swimming pool in this business friendly town. I really hope that politicians whoever you are and wherever you are would listen to this little voice/bird.
|New building coming up|
Bandar Baru Bangi continues to grow exponentially and as such it has to be planned well so that the needs of the people there could be met. We hope that one day BBB as it is often known will be the largest Malay town in the world and it would also the place where academics from all over the world would meet. We need to have the infrastructure built beforehand . One day hopefully the dreams will be realized