Ministry work with local authorities to make living environment better

JOHOR BARU: Malaysia will continue embarking on various national campaigns to build better living environment for its people.

Deputy Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique said the Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) programme was an example of the government’s commitment on the matter.

She said that through her ministry and Town and Country Planning Department, the government planned to use the initiatives to implement sustainable development for Malaysia and the Asean region.

“We also care about the social institution and to build a better environment and fully support its policies to develop sustainable, liveable and healthy cities,” she said in her speech during the closing ceremony of the 6th High Level Seminar on Environmentally Sustainable Cities.

Besides the ESC, Halimah added that the government also had the Malaysian Urban-Rural National Indicators Network on Sustainable Development (MURNInets) and the initiative was already implemented nationwide.

“It is to help less sustainable cities identify areas that need improvement such as transportation and housing to improve the conditions there,” she said.

Halimah also mentioned the Green Neighbourhood Initiatives and Malaysia Sustainable Future Cities, which were policies introduced to promote sustainable development through green economy as well as social and environment initiatives.

The seminar, co-organised by the Malaysian government, Japanese government and the government of Cambodia, was a two-day forum engaging key stakeholders in Asean and East Asian counties to discuss the way forward for growing sustainable cities.

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