By bringing guests on a journey of discovering unknowing charms and what makes KL one of the greatest cities in the world
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 October 2021 – In conjunction with World Cities Day, KSK Land, Malaysia’s leading lifestyle property and design company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of KSK Group Berhad, celebrated this annual occasion by hosting a fireside conversation on the various aspects that makes Kuala Lumpur a great city and a hub in Southeast Asia, many of which remained unknown to its citizens.
This occasion featured sharing of unique experiences and insights by a panel of industry leaders who have flourished in their respective fields here in Kuala Lumpur. Joanne Kua, Managing Director of KSK Land and CEO of KSK Group; Rick Joore, co-owner of JOLOKO and rising star F&B entrepreneur and; Dr. Ceelia Leong, analytics lead from Think City and co-author of Kuala Lumpur Creative and Cultural District Strategic Master Plan (KLCCD) all brought their own perspectives to a discussion that centred around the way forward for the city beyond the effects of COVID-19 .
Sharing her insights on what makes a future-forward city resilient, Dr. Ceelia Leong said: “Cities are complex but they are made up of people. A people-centric city is the future. That is why urban solutions have to be human-focused as it is ultimately the people who drive the economy and build the city’s cultural identity. A city shunned by people is a dead city. If a city is to survive and thrive, it should be built for the people then the city will be resilient with a brighter future ahead.”
Positive about what the future holds for this great city, “The wonderful thing about KL is its tagline of ‘the city of diversity’,” said Rick Joore, as a global nomad who has settled down in Kuala Lumpur for eight (8) years, “I think that KL is full of opportunities and I’m far from being done here. One good thing that the COVID pandemic has left us with is a reminder for all of us to innovate and make up for what we have lost.”
Joanne Kua, Managing Director of KSK Land and CEO of KSK Group sharing her thoughts about the beauty of Kuala Lumpur and its charms in comparison with the several other great cities in the world.
“Kuala Lumpur is a very intimate city, it is an imperfect city but it has so many identities, where people can discover fresh perspectives from the different corners in this city. At 8 Conlay, when someone comes through the door, our job is not just to sell the property but also to sell the city. Whether you buy the property or not, you will walk away with a new impression of what KL is really about.”
The enlightening discussion concluded that Kuala Lumpur is certainly one of the more livable cities in the region with its many true charms awaiting discovery. Moving forward, it has a vibrant future as an art and educational hub, but also primed for innovative opportunities. Supported by the diversity of its people and its rich history and culture, Kuala Lumpur is set to flourish for many generations to come.
With its maiden development 8 Conlay approaching the structural completion of its first residential tower (“YOO8 Tower A”), KSK Land is gearing up for its next lap and set to drive sustainable developments that bring vibrancy and wellness elements to the city and its community.
About Rick Joore
Originally from The Netherlands, Rick Joore has made Kuala Lumpur his home for the past 8 years.
With a background in F&B and hospitality, Rick is an award-winning mixologist and budding entrepreneur who has co-founded 3 businesses in the heart of KL. Rick will share how he has made JOLOKO his happy place in KL together with his wife Kit, and their dogs.
Rick currently co-owns Afro-Caribbean restaurant and bar, JOLOKO, Licky Chan and the Poke Guy an ice-cream parlour and tattoo shop, and co-manages CHOCHA. Foodstore and BOTAK.Liquor in Chinatown. He also previously had a hand in establishments like Mr. Chew’s Chino Latino Bar, Brasserie Fritz, and under the Troika Sky Dining umbrella – Fuego, Coppersmith, Cantaloupe, Strato & Claret.
About Dr. Ceelia Leong
Dr. Ceelia is the co-author of the Kuala Lumpur Creative and Cultural District Strategic Master Plan (KLCCD), which focuses on revitalising downtown KL by enhancing its existing cultural assets and incubating new creative content.
She obtained her PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in sustainable development, heritage management and Geographical Information System (GIS). At Think City, she leads the urban data, policies and strategies, including the development of an online urban analytics platform visualising Malaysian cities using diverse data sources. These interactive maps allow the public to explore their cities in interesting ways, gaining insights on topics like impact of climate change on community especially the increasing temperature in major cities, cultural and creative industries, public space safety, inclusivity and walkability, community resilience towards Covid-19 and more.
About KSK Land
Founded in 2013, KSK Land is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KSK Group Berhad, an established Malaysian investment holding company. With an existing presence in the general insurance business across Southeast Asia with KSK Insurance Indonesia and KSK Insurance Thailand, and its tech ventures portfolio under ‘KSK Ventures’ with startups such as Sunday and Carmana, KSK Group expanded into the property development market in Malaysia with KSK Land. A future-forward player in the international real estate scene, with a focus on lifestyle, design and placemaking, KSK Land’s maiden development, 8 Conlay, reflects the company’s vision to craft bespoke properties that prioritise design, craftsmanship and lifestyle.