Conference Report 2012

1st October 2012,
Putrajaya International Conventional Centre
2012 Celebration and
Observance in Malaysia
This year’s conference shall be a one-day affair and shall culminate with the
mark of celebration of World Habitat Day 2012, where the Ministry of
Housing and Local Government shall celebrate and recognize the
achievements by many who has contributed positively to the needs of a
changing city. It shall also share-renewed aspirations, commitments as well
as take the opportunity towards advocating responsible urbanism for
Malaysia, one that is more livable and sustainable for our cities and Nation.
Objectives of the Seminar
Through the papers presented and discussions, the conference aims to achieve the
following objectives:
 To widen the understanding and shed light on the subject matter to be
discussed during the conference;
 To share new findings and the available solutions, experience and best
practices for the development and implementation of sustainable cities;
 Review of the latest developments, innovations and ideas that have been
implemented or practiced in achieving new urban solutions and that can be
adapted for Malaysia’s situation;
 Define the challenges and difficulties in addressing urban issues and to identify
mechanism, governance structure in dealing with them;
 Facilitate partnerships amongst the people, government agencies, businesses
and the local government towards finding solutions, action programmes and
project implementation in addressing urban issues; and
 Creating awareness and providing knowledge that can helped in changing
mindsets towards a more responsible society towards environment and social
Technical Papers
Lead Paper - Cities, people and Economy
Hamdan Majid, Executive and Founding Director of Think City Sdn Bhd
En.Hamdan has an interest in the development of civil society in
Malaysia, the political economy of Third World and Islam. He is actively
involved in activities and discussions in the areas of economics and sociopolitical development, world affairs and religion.
Summary of Paper
The improvement of mobility system, cities have reached to the larger
territorial scale. This changer as change the function or structure of the city as
City became the place for live, play and work. However many urban issues had
risen in city level. Therefore this paper discussed on the importance of city
transformation programme had transform and into vibrant and sustainability.
Technical Papers
Paper 1 – Changing Urban Region – Opportunities for economic and Social Growth
in Iskandar Malaysia and the Role of Governance
Dato’ Ismail Ibrahim – CEO of Iskandar Regional Development Authority
His interests are in the areas of organizational development, economic and
land use, planning administration, heritage and environmental
preservation law. He is an active speaker in seminars, forums and
workshops locally and internationally on the mentioned areas.
Summary of Paper
Regional growth is not a new thing/idea. It has started long ago since Tun Abdul
Razak’s era. Being one of the regional growths in Malaysia, Iskandar now is at
the 6th year and aims to have a growth that can be a benchmark for others. The
paper discussed on the importance of translating the vision into reality, the ability
to deliver, creating a balance between rural and urban area and equilibrium;
phases of growth and year to year performance.
Technical Papers
Paper 2 - Singapore Changing Cities – Challenges and Opportunities in
Managing Resources
William Lau Hui Lay – President, Singapore Institute of Planners
Principal at A.Alliance Design International and Director at Pacific
Prince International Pte Ltd.
Summary of Paper
Singapore started as a small fishing island separated from Malaysia in 1965.
However, changes need to be done so that the residents of Singapore could
live well with excellent lifestyle. The separation from Malaysia is one of the
stepping stone to change and improve Singapore. Meritocracy, free market
economy, and good governance are one of the success factors for Singapore.
Developments in Singapore provides major impacts to the country in
providing better employments, higher GDP, tourism, and others.
Technical Papers
Paper 3 – Implementation of Smart City in Korea in response to Climate Change
Dr Jae Yong Lee, Korean Research Institute on Human Settlements (KRIHS)
He was the Director of The Presidential Council for Future &
Vision. He was the project manager for U-City Industry Invigoration
Method, MLTM, U-Eco City Testbed Comprehensive and Strategic
Plan, Ansan U-City BTL Project Management.
Summary of Paper
Ubiquitous City (U-City) is a new paradigm shift of technology. It’s about
smart infrastructure (e.g. chip, censor, CCTV, etc.) and intelligent facilities
(e.g. sending report/message through mobile phone). Today, the trends are
changing and cities have become more competitive. The paper discussed on
how the ubiquitous technology can be used in the city and how can
construction technology combined with information technology. Through the
existence of U-City, Korea is now aim to have a world class infrastructure
and industries.
Discussion and Key Issues
 Hishamuddin, UITM
 Question: The concept of Ubiquitous City (U-city) is
promoting new technology especially in aspect of internet,
telecommunication, ICT and networking. Therefore U-City
might consume a lot of energy to keep the operation
 Answer: Yes. The operation aspect for U-city will consume
more energy. But it can be reduced by using green
technology or other alternative energies.
Discussion and Key Issues
 Mr. Lee, Town Planning consultant
 Question: Now days, cities are expanding rapidly and
unstoppable. Is there any optimum level or solution to stop
city to growing or expand?
 Answer: No. There is not optimum level for city. The world
is going through transformation and this situation is
encouraging the trend of mega cities. Therefore the urban
management is crucial to manage the growth.
Discussion and Key Issues
 Prof. Dr. Jamalunlaili Abudullah, UITM
 Question: How Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore are able to
work together especially in the area of economic
 Answer: Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore is a great partner
and should share the resources together. The healthy
competition between Iskandar Malaysia and Singapore is
good as this competition will make both regions became
Discussion and Key Issues
 Rohani, Town Planning consultant
 Question: Housing price in IM is getting expensive and
many people are unable to afford to buy house in Iskandar
Malaysia. Meanwhile the job opportunity is not diversify.
 Answer: Yes. IRDA is aware of both issues above.
Therefore many blueprints are prepared to solve the issues
of job opportunity and attract more talented people to work
in Iskandar Malaysia. IRDA will monitor closely and
carefully for the housing price.
I’m a City Changer
Encourage cycling not driving – Modern city is where rich people use public
transport not luxury cars
Change mindset before changing the cities
Join a community recycling project in your housing area.
To make the city more accessible with less traffic, better system of public
transportation and more pedestrian friendly streets.
Do more research on designing better cities and try to implement those ideas into
Save our historic building and heritage area. Total conservation
Appreciate own region character , culture, human interaction – city with deep
sense of caring between people
Redevelop comprehensively – Local government and Landowners
Practice recycling and waste separation at source can contribute towards Green
City lifestyles
Make the public transport reach a World class standard – to encourage people to
use it optimize.
My Favourite City
PUTRAJAYA – The environment, community and moving towards Green
2. TAIPING – Beautiful lake gardens and a lot of trees
3. KOTA KINABALU – Beautiful islands, mountains, wonderful people,
4. ALOR SETAR – Growing city, Sustainable, Green
5. PETALING JAYA – Vibrant , sense of belonging
6. VANCOUVER – Richness in culture, public spaces, excellent transport
7. SINGAPORE – The vibrancy, greeneries, walkability, public transport &
8. SEOUL – Sense of belonging, cultural environment, a model city –
regeneration .
9. MELBOURNE – A city for the people
10. ULANBAATAR – Live “In” the nature “With” the nature.
To compete is between cities for capital, technology and talent.
Liveability is key in the competition for talent & economy growth
The ability to keep and attract the right people is the key strategic advantage
Value-based approach vs physical planning approach.
Create opportunities for people to be able to engage employment.
Focus on certain things and ensure connectivity of each of it.
Device our strategies and programmes.
Smart intervention, not over intervention
Good Governance.
There are need of constant re-invent, innovative, adaption, and adjust as the
time goes on.
Aim for safe and efficient country and well-known for success development
and collaboration of new development, design and innovation
Create new services and infrastructure where both elements complement each
100 participants have joined the “Changing Cities, Building Opportunities”
World Habitat Day 2012 which was held on the 1st October 2012 at Putrajaya
International Convention Centre (PICC), Putrajaya. The participants come
from different background such as the government sectors, private firms, the
NGOs, and also students.
The papers presented in this seminar provide excellent information and
knowledge for the participants. The speakers shared their new findings or
solutions, experience, knowledge, and best practices for the development and
implementation of sustainable cities. The latest development of other places
were also reviewed while new innovations and ideas that have been
implemented locally and internationally. Challenges and difficulties in urban
issues were also discussed through the Q&A session between the speakers and
participants. It was discussed thoroughly and provided with examples and
methodology on how to tackle the urban issues.
Nevertheless, the seminar has created awareness and providing knowledge that
could help the participants in changing the way they think towards a more
responsible people, not only as society alone, but also as individual
professionals in creating sustainable cities.