THE URBAN Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry’s (KPKT) inaugural KPKT Carnival 2016 this weekend will look at issues related to housing, town planning, recycling and sanitation.
The event is, in fact, a combination of four of the ministry’s major programmes that are held annually in November — World Habitat Day, World Town Planning Day, National Recycling Day and National Toilet Day.
Themed “Healthy Communities in Sustainable Cities”, the event serves as a platform to celebrate each of these causes, as well as a touch point for the Ministry and the departments under it to interact with the public.
Each of the four causes are intertwined in their respective purposes and align perfectly with the Ministry’s functions and objectives to create sustainable living and improve the wellbeing and quality of life of urban communities.
Targeting a response of 800 to 1,000 visitors a day, the Ministry hopes that the carnival will help to bring them closer to the people.
At the same time, the Ministry hopes to educate visitors on the various departments under the ministry, their functions, how to access their services, as well as the right way to make complaints to the Ministry.
The Ministry also aims to use this opportunity to communicate with Malaysians and gather feedback on how to improve its services.
The KPKT Carnival 2016 takes place this weekend (Dec 3 and 4) from 9am to 6pm at Dataran Merdeka, and admission is free.
Tomorrow, visitors can sign up for activities such as the terrarium workshop, where they can learn to make their own terrariums, and take part in placemaking, a new concept that encourages the community to reinvent their public spaces and enhance urban wellbeing.
Early Sunday morning, visitors can explore the city in fun ways by signing up for the City Hunt, an urban sustainability-themed treasure hunt, or by taking part in the KL Car Free Morning.
There will also be many public talks, as well as demonstrations by the National Landscape Department and the Fire and Rescue Department.
Visitors can also enjoy all kinds of food at the Food Truck Fest, or bring your own food and join in the Urban Picnic as well as explore the activities and various items on sale at the carnival’s 68 booths.
To sign up for the terrarium workshop and city hunt, visit www.kpkt.gov.my