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Examining governance for waterfront development in Malaysia

Md. Yassin, Azlina and Razali, Mohd Najib and Mohd Adnan, Yasmin (2013) Examining governance for waterfront development in Malaysia. International Journal of Business and Society, 14 (3). pp. 358-367. ISSN 15116670

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Waterfront development is already a well-established phenomenon internationally. In Malaysia, the importance of rivers as the focal point of the city was established from early times of civilisation and remains forever. After gaining independence in 1957, Malaysian economy has been transformed from water industries to non water industries, and subsequently changed the function of the waterfront areas. The current pattern of waterfront development in Malaysia now focus more on mixed-use development and recreational. Although some riverfront development projects continue to remain profitable and also maintain a successful public access component, many have not. To date, numbers of waterfront development projects were developed in Malaysia and forecasted to be increased in the future. Unfortunately, in many cases, the implementation of these waterfront projects is driven more by investment needs rather than by community and environmental needs, and subsequently having a negative impact environmentally and socially. Therefore, this paper aims to examine whether Malaysia practises “good governance” or “poor governance” in waterfront development and subsequently to identify the barriers behind that. The findings of this research were based on interviews conducted within three case study areas: Kuching’s Riverfront, Malacca’s Waterfront, and Glennmarie Cove Riverfront. The results showed that the low participation and collaboration among the stakeholders involved in waterfront development process as well as other factors shows inefficiency for waterfront governance and finally results unsustainable waterfront development. Therefore, to achieve a sustainable waterfront development, sustainable governance is recommended and better enforcement of the law is needed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Governance; sustainable waterfront; waterfront; waterfront governance
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD201-500 Water supply for domestic and industrial purposes
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Real Estate Management
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 03:21
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2018 03:21
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/9768
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