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Urbanisation and adaptation key challenges for Malaysia: DPM

MALACCA: Issues concerning urban resilience and adaptation have now become a new challenge to the world as a result of rapid urbanisation. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia is ranked among East Asia's more urbanised countries and its urban population has continued to increase rapidly from 27 per cent in 1970 to 74 per cent in 2014. He said rapid urbanisation in Malaysia is an inevitable process as the country progresses towards high-income nation status by 2020.

"Speaking of urban resilience and adaptation, as a developing nation Malaysia firmly believes that national efforts are crucial in achieving sustainable development and a resilient economy," he said in his keynote address at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Forum On Urban Resilience and Adaptation, here today.

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Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi delivers his keynote address

Zahid: A city’s resilience stems from the people

MALACCA: Cities must be inclusive and offer adequate opportunities for low-income households to improve their livelihoods, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

This, he said, would ensure that inequality and poverty, which are the two issues often associated with urbanisation, were effectively managed.

In his keynote address at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation in Bandar Hilir here yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister said the effort to build resilient cities must start from the people.

“Resilience is not just being able to bounce back. It is also the ability to grow and prosper despite the shocks and falls. Resilience should be integrated and inclusive,” he said.

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