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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Affordable housing in city possible: Rehda

KUALA LUMPUR: Affordable housing in the city for the poor and middle class is possible when the government provide the land for the development, said Real Estate and Housing Developers Association Malaysia (REHDA).

"In terms of rising cost of materials, it's something that we can't control. One thing that is under the government control is land -- whether it is available for low and medium cost housing.

"I'm not sure what the plans are for the Rubber Research Institute land but if they target a certain portion for affordable housing it would be good because land is one of the biggest cost components in property development," said REHDA council member N.K. Tong.

Tong was speaking to reporters here yesterday (5/6) on the upcoming fourth International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2012 (WCSC 2012).

To be held on September 25, the WCSC 2012 will carry the theme "Cities for People". Among issues to be discussed include housing for urban poor, daycare services, preservation of greenery, safety practices and community building activities in the interest of crime prevention, re-landscape of open spaces and a more integrated public transportation.

The WCSC series is being co-organised by REHDA, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, the Malaysian Institute of Planners and the Malaysian Institute of Architects.

In the past three editions, the WCSC series focused on the transformation of Cheongyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea; city transportation solutions Curitiba, Brazil; and the metamorphosis of Kaohsiung, Taiwan; from an industrial polluter to an ecological tourist hub.

By Business Times

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