SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will remember World Habitat Day 2020 as a memorable occasion when it became the first local council in Malaysia to receive the 2020 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award.
The award was presented by UN-Habitat executive director Datuk Seri Maimunah Mohd Sharif to MPSJ president Noraini Roslan.
The council, on World Habitat Day 2020, organised a virtual celebration with United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and Urbanice Malaysia at its headquarters in USJ5, Subang Jaya.
World Habitat Day, which is celebrated on the first Monday of October every year, aims to raise awareness among all communities on the importance of having a comfortable place, clean environment and safe city to live in.
Maimunah’s speech was broadcasted from Subang Jaya while the global celebration was held virtually in Surabaya, Indonesia.
The prestigious international award was presented to MPSJ in recognition of its holistic and integrated approach to affordable housing and community empowerment.
This was in line with this year’s celebration “Housing for All: A Better Urban Future” theme.
UN-Habitat received 120 nominations for the Scroll of Honour Award this year.
Only five were presented with awards with MPSJ as the first local council in Malaysia receiving it.
The other four recipients were Upcycle Africa in Uganda; Community Impact Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal; Housing and Cities Ministry in Colombia and EcoCasa SHF in Mexico.
“The award serves as motivation for the team at MPSJ to continue improving the council’s services and making it the best local authority in Selangor and Malaysia, ” MPSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said in a statement.
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