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The Star: Stopping ‘ghettoisation’ in Klang Valley through proper governance is crucial, say experts

As seen on The Star, written by BAVANI M. AND CLARISSE SONIA


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The experts, who spoke on the topic of “Rebuilding Community Resilience-Enhanced Well-being Prosperous Society”, touched on how the Covid-19 pandemic had shed light on vulnerabilities in public housing.


Shahridan [principle advisor on sustainability from Think City] said there were multiple government agencies, from federal to state, as well as various government-linked corporations (GLCs) and cooperatives that have their own low-cost housing schemes.


“Yet, it is impossible to get relevant data on the communities living there to better understand the ecology of public housing.


“We have built so many PPRs but what is the lesson we have learnt?” he questioned.


Concurring with Shahridan was clinical psychologist Ellisha Othman, who was also a speaker at the conference.


“Each PPR is unique. Some need help from a health perspective while others have economic issues.


“We need data to help them,” added Ellisha, who is the managing director of Thrive Well, a social enterprise that helps communities with mental health issues.


The experts agreed that with the right information, they would be able to formulate strategies for each community. Do away with silo mentality.


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