Government launches award for cities

  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jun 2003

PUTRAJAYA: The Science, Technology and Environment Ministry launched the Sustainable City Award with a challenge to local authorities to create an environment that is conducive to live in. 

Minister Datuk Seri Law Hieng Ding said that a sustainable city was one that was continuously supported with economic, physical and social development. 

The award was initially open to state capitals. 

“If they (local authorities) don't win, the residents will question what they have been doing. 

“So, this is a challenge to them,” he said yesterday. 

Law said the development of a sustainable city involved integrated environmental and development programmes at the local level. 

He said the assessment would be based on five criteria: physical environment, ecological initiative, municipal service, environmental administration, and education and awareness. 

The assessment would be made throughout the year by taking account of the views of residents. 

On the BioValley project in Dengkil, Law said the ministry fully supported Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's suggestion that Japan be invited to participate, especially in providing advisory service and expertise. 

He said several countries like France, Italy, United States and China had also expressed intention to participate. – Bernama 

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