Pushing Back on Unaffordable Homes in the City – What Can Our Local Government Do?

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21 September 2019


2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In our contemporary world, the lack of national and state funding, market deregulation, growing power of global corporations, and increasing competition for scarce real estate often burden our neighbourhoods. This causes serious distortions in their social fabric, and putting the goal of ensuring equitable, inclusive, and just cities at risk.

Sustainable Development Goal 11 is to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” by 2030. Everyone should have genuine access to “adequate housing”, described by the United Nations as being grounded on “affordability”, “legal security of tenure”, “habitability”, “availability of services, materials, facilities and infrastructure”, “accessibility”, “location” and “cultural adequacy”.

Given this situation, the local government cannot stay on the sidelines, and need to take a central role. What are they doing and what more can they do to ensure Malaysians their right to adequate housing in the cities?

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