Malaysian Cities Need To Prepare For Future Challenges

Last update: 13/10/2017

SERI KEMBANGAN, Oct 13 (Bernama) -- Malaysian cities must be prepared to meet future challenges in line with rapid urbanisation and advances in technology and innovations.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau said research and planning for future cities were necessary to address the challenges of urbanisation and other disruptive global forces, including in the areas of technology, knowledge and commerce.

"With urbanisation currently at 76 per cent of Malaysia's total population, and an annual rate of urbanisation at 2.19 per cent, our cities must be prepared to meet the challenges of the future."

"As we move towards 2050, our cities will be a reflection of the country's aspirations and we must ensure that we put our best foot forward if we were to reinforce our place in the world," he said in his opening speech at the "Shaping Smart Cities and Future Lifestyles" Forum here today.

Madius said advances in science, technology and innovation had the potential to change existing industries and create new ones, including urban manufacturing, renewable energy projects, the widespread use of drones and robots and the internet of things.

"In terms of cities like Greater Kuala Lumpur, which currently has a population of 7.25 million and contribute about RM263 billion to the nation's gross national income, we should be mindful of future trends and disruptive global forces to better prepare our industries, city managers, developers and citizens," he said.....