Friday, April 24, 2009

Malacca rated high

The historic city of Malacca has successfully achieved the rating as one of the country’s most sustainable cities for four consecutive years from 2004.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said that Malacca was the only city in Malaysia that maintained its position under a nationwide rating system.

In 2004, Malacca achieved a score 72.92% and this rose to 82.88% the following year and 81.08% in 2006.

“In 2007, the rating went up to 84.21% and we scored the highest last year with 85.09%,” he said in a speech while officiating at the 9th Melaka Twin Cities Convention 2009 here.

The rating is conducted by the Federal Town and Country Planning Department which assess sustainable development and quality of life in selected towns and cities.

The score of 80% and above is required for a city or town to be deemed as sustainable.

Mohd Ali, whose speech was read by state Local Government and Housing Committee chairman Datuk Latiff Tamby Chik, noted that the Malacca City Council achieved a 4-star rating by the Local Government and Housing Ministry last year.

He said this rating placed the Malacca Historic City Council among the top ten local councils of the 145 nationwide.

Some 250 people took part in the two-day convention with the theme Building a Better City, Today and Tomorrow.

Among those at the convention was Prof David Lung, of the Unesco Chair in Cultural Heritage Resources Management, who presented a paper entitled Heritage City: Preserving the Authenticity of Culture and Heritage.

Source : STAR
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