CM, former mayor discuss strategies to advance sustainability initiatives

Maimunah (left) presenting Chow some reference materials from UN-Habitat during her visit.

DATUK Seri Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the former executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), is now Malaysia’s Special Envoy on Sustainable Urbanisation, based in Kuala Lumpur.

Maimunah had served as UN-Habitat executive director since 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.

She had been appointed by the Federal Government to lead efforts towards sustainable urbanisation.

Buletin Mutiara reported that Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who received a courtesy visit from Maimunah at his office in Komtar, expressed admiration for the former Penang Island mayor’s achievements.

“I am thrilled to see her return to serve in Malaysia and am confident that she will excel based on her track record,” he said.

Chow and Maimunah discussed various strategies to advance sustainability initiatives in the state.

Maimunah commended the state’s efforts, particularly the construction of a new seawall at the Esplanade and the completion of phase one of the Gurney Bay project.

Also present were Chief Minister Incorporated general manager Datin S. Bharathi and former UN-Habitat special advisor and director of external relations division Dr Neil Khor.

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