Kuala Lampur, Dec. 14 -- Ampang could become Malaysia's newest city next year, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

She said that the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has met the requirements of administering a population of over 500,000 people and recording a revenue of RM100 million from its 24 localities.

"Only one criteria that they have to qualify which is a university in the area, but the ministry is willing to look into it because there are so many private higher learning institutions in Ampang," she told reporters after launching the Taman Dagang Community Hub here today.

Zuraida, who is also the Ampang MP, said she also set alternate goals for MPAJ and its chief, Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain, to meet.