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Waterfront development in Malaysia: do we have sustainable governance?

Md Yassin, Azlina and Bond, Sandy and Mcdonagh, John (2011) Waterfront development in Malaysia: do we have sustainable governance? Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 17 (3). pp. 336-356. ISSN 22016716

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Abstract

The waterfront is recognised as the zone of interaction between a city and a river. In Malaysia, waterfront developments were established when the country was first settled, mainly as a transport route and for trading. Waterfronts became more urbanised and commercialised from the early 1990’s onwards. However, due to constraints such as ineffective governance as well as inadequate federal, state and municipal planning guidelines, the waterfronts have problems such as environmental degradation, crime and flooding. Although some waterfront development projects continue to remain profitable, with good public access, many do not. This paper examines the effectiveness of governance for waterfront developments in Malaysia. The data presented in this paper was obtained from in-depth interviews with stakeholders involved in waterfront development projects in Malaysia; in particular, from three selected case study areas: Kuching Riverfront, Malacca Waterfront and Glenmarie Cove Riverfront. The interview results show that Malaysia does not have effective governance for waterfront developments for several reasons. A low level of cooperation between stakeholders involved in waterfront development projects was identified as a main contributor to the governance problems. These results will be used to provide information for developing guidelines for best practice for waterfront developments in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Waterfront development; waterfront governance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Real Estate Management
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 03:33
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 03:33
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/9687
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