Discover how Malaysia’s 12th Malaysia Plan aims to develop smart cities, address urban challenges, and boost rural economic potential by 2025
Kuala Lumpur, 11 Sep 2023 – The 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) has set ambitious goals to recognize at least five smart cities as early adopters by 2025.
According to the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the 12MP released by the Ministry of Economy, these efforts will be based on the Sustainable Cities and Communities-Indicators for Smart Cities (MS ISO 37122:2019) standard, aiming to enhance service delivery and attract investments in these cities.
The plan also emphasizes adopting the Environmentally-Friendly Drainage Master Plan (PISMA) to address flood-related issues in urban areas prone to flooding. Aligning land use planning in state structure and local plans with PISMA will improve urban drainage systems, reducing the occurrence of major floods.
The MTR highlights the importance of addressing rapid urbanization and climate change’s impact on cities to accelerate sustainable urban development. This approach aims to improve the quality of life in cities, aligning with the 2030 Agenda’s goals.
To unlock rural economic potential, suitable rural land will be identified and used for community-based modern agricultural activities under the Agro Entrepreneur Initiative (INTAN). Rural farmers’ income will be boosted through large-scale agricultural activities such as durian, avocado, and pineapple cultivation, with support provided in the form of seeds, fertilizers, and advisory services.
The MTR also outlines plans to support start-ups by offering incubators with a conducive ecosystem, including mentoring and research facilities. Preserving natural landscapes, biodiversity, cultural heritage, and traditional rural life will be prioritized to promote rural tourism, creating more job opportunities and increasing rural communities’ income through these initiatives.