Property developers have been urged to help combat climate change by designing environment-friendly homes and townships, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung.
“The Government and the private sector must have collective responsibility to work together to achieve this change.
This year’s celebration, themed “City and Climate Change”, falls in the month when demographers predict the planet’s seven billionth inhabitant will be born.
Closer to home, the rate of urbanisation in Malaysia is 75%, and cities and industries are expected to triple in size by 2020.
This year’s celebration also saw contractor MMC-Gamuda Sdn Bhd winning the prestigious Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for the SMART tunnel project.
This win is the first for a Malaysian entity.
The award is in conjunction with World Habitat Day Global Observance in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, a group of residents has taken its housing woes to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).
The residents from Denudin Estate, Semenyih and Taman Permata flats, Dengkil are worried as they will either be evicted or find their homes in need of repairs.
Assisted by non-governmental organisation Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit), the group of 25 handed a memorandum to Suhakam commissioner Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah at the Suhakam office.
Jerit co-ordinator Theva Raja said as yesterday was World Habitat Day 2011, he hoped Suhakam would be able to find a solution to their housing problems.
Sha’ani said Suhakam would propose to the Government a housing fund for the underprivileged.
News Source: The Star