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"It was sold for $1"

...but it was supposed to be for a good cause.

However, if one visits the Putra World Trade Center and the area surrounding the Umno building, it is quite impossible to find a parking complex which is open to the public for free.

In a letter dated Feb 15, 1982, then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad and former Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had agreed to "melepaskan" two lots which were registered under the Pesuruhjaya Tanah Persekutuan but was then being used by the Education Ministry - as it was home to SMK Maxwell's field.

The letter stated;

"Mesyuarat tersebut memutuskan bahawa tanah tersebut adalah digunakan untuk tempat meletak kereta di bawah kelolaan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.

Tempat letak kereta ini adalah untuk kegunaan orang ramai tanpa mencari sebarang keuntungan. Komplek meletak kereta sedemikian akan membantu dalam mengurangkan kesesakan, selaras dengan kehendak "Traffic Dispersal". Pihak Bandaraya akan mentadbir komplek letak kereta ini sebagai satu daripad projeknya selaras dengan kehendak masa sekarang dan juga masa datang."

The following paragraph stated;

"Memandangkan bahawa ini adalah satu projek yang diperlukan dengan serta-merta yang juga akan dilaksanakan secepat mungkin maka pihak Jabatan ini memperakukan supaya pihak tuan akan dapat memberi persetujuan untuk melepaskan tanah tersebut kepada Dewan Bandaraya di atas bayaran "nominal" $1.00 sahaja."

The letter was issued by Department of Land and Mines (Federal) to the Treasury.

Perhaps someone could share some light if the free parking complex ever existed and for how long before it was run by a private operator. Anyone?

More importantly, 30 years on and SMK Maxwell is still left without a playing field.

HD says: Grew up in the area and can't seem to recall any parking complex which was free.


  1. ex Maxwellian - those days Maxwell were the football giants in KL. nowadays not even the champions in Sentul district. what happen secondary school without football field?

  2. Bro Haresh

    I did not see 'free' mentioned anywhere in the govt letter.Harap harap nothing lost in translation

    1. "...tanpa mencari sebarang keuntungan..." isn't that already obvious?


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