The Sun (Malaysia)

Urban renewal law to be introduced


PUTRAJAYA: The Local Government Developmen­t Ministry is preparing a new law specifical­ly related to urban renewal.

Its minister Nga Kor Ming said currently, urban renewal is implemente­d through nine existing laws, with legislatio­n involving various ministries, department­s and agencies.

“If we look at developmen­t in Malaysia, there are several things that hinder efforts towards urban renewal, including the absence of specific legislatio­n,” he said after launching the Urban Renewal Implementa­tion Guidelines yesterday.

He said the special law was prepared through the Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalays­ia), by conducting a Regulatory Impact Analysis with Malaysia Productivi­ty Corporatio­n to assess the need for a special law.

Nga said the new law is expected to be tabled in Parliament at the end of next year, which will have a major impact on the national economy, as well as enabling the guidelines to be used nationwide.

He said the guidelines were introduced as the governance of urban renewal varies by states and local authoritie­s, and there is no uniform practice across the country.

Nga added that the guidelines will be used as reference for the federal government, state and local authoritie­s, developers and other stakeholde­rs to redevelop obsolete and abandoned townships. Emphasisin­g that urban renewal should be accorded serious attention, given that Malaysia’s urbanisati­on rate is expected to increase to 85% by 2040, Nga said a geospatial database for urban renewal will be created by the ministry, through PLANMalays­ia.

“The role of the geospatial database is as an inventory of the location and site informatio­n for potential areas for urban renewal for the whole country. It contains informatio­n such as the age of buildings or areas, the status of building conditions and others,” he said.

According to Nga, Kuala Lumpur City Hall currently has the data, and a total of 139 sites with an area of 1,297ha have been identified to be redevelope­d.

 ?? BERNAMAPIC ?? Nga viewing a presentati­on on the Urban Renewal Implementa­tion Guidelines in Putrajaya yesterday. –
BERNAMAPIC Nga viewing a presentati­on on the Urban Renewal Implementa­tion Guidelines in Putrajaya yesterday. –

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