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Sustainability and Housing Provision in Malaysia

Author(s): Teck-Hong Tan

Citation: Teck-Hong Tan, (2011) "Sustainability and Housing Provision in Malaysia," Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, pp. 62 - 71

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


The concept of sustainability has become central not just in environmental preservation, but also in the consideration of the quality of development in human settlements. In the context of housing, several researchers indicated that housing policies based on sustainability criteria – meeting basic housing need - must be viewed as a necessary. Housing policies and programs in Malaysia are developed and implemented to ensure that all have access to adequate housing. Despite efforts by the Malaysian government, there are various problems and issues relating to the housing provision that have undermined the success of housing achievement under various Five Year Malaysian Plans for the past 20 years. In order to achieve sustainability in the housing industry, housing policies and programs must be economically viable, socially acceptable, and technically feasible.