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    Seminar highlights sustainable development, smart cities

    Rokiah Mahmud

    A seminar in conjunction with the 50th Golden Jubilee of the Department of Town and Country Planning continued for its second day yesterday under the theme ‘Building Sustainable and Resilient Future, Together’.

    Present as the guest of honour was Permanent Secretary (Planning, Land Use and Environment) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) Dr Nor Imtihan binti Haji Abdul Razak.

    Four papers were presented in the morning session, where the focus of discussion was on environment and sustainability.

    The first paper entitled ‘Maqasid As-Shariah: Concept and Application for planning towards a Sustainable and Resilient Future’ was delivered by Adjunct Professor from Universiti Brunei Darussalam and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos.

    The second paper presentation, ‘Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy Toolkit’, was delivered by an invited speaker from the Office of the Secretary-General at the ASEAN Secretariat Benazir Syahril, who shared on seven priorities in the ASEAN Sustainable Urbanisation Strategy.

    A speaker and the audience during the seminar. PHOTO: TCP

    Meanwhile, a speaker from University of Melbourne Professor Alan March discussed ‘Liveability and 20 Minute City Concept’ and shared the progress of Melbourne in developing compact and viable townships .

    The fourth paper, ‘Planning for Liveable and Low Carbon Neighbourhood’, was shared by Singapore’s Housing Development Board Derek Chik.

    The morning session yesterday concluded with a presentation of paperwork on ‘Integrated Information System (Iplan) to share the experience of Malaysian Planning Department’s initiative in creating a land use database to assist with urban planning.

    The afternoon session then continued with thematic segment – Smart Cities Initiatives.

    Present was Permanent Secretary (Infrastructure, Housing and Professional) at the MoD, Ir Haji Amer Hishamuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Amar Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Zakaria.

    The afternoon segment’s three papers discussed a number of initiatives being carried out to support smart cities.

    The first paper on ‘Info-Telecommunication Infrastructure: Prospects for Smart Cities Initiatives’ was delivered by AITI’s Tan Boon Sing.

    ‘National Information Data Hub’ was the second paper, delivered by E-Government National Centre (EGNC)’s Raini binti Matyassin during which she detailed a number of initiatives to create a comprehensive database and support a smart country.

    The afternoon session concluded with a virtual presentation on ‘Geographical Information System (GIS): Prospect for Smart Cities Initiatives’ by SeriMaya Technologies’s Agung Probowo. He spoke on the role and a number of case studies in using the integration of information to aid effective and efficient decision making or monitoring.

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