Lee said such an institute could help facilitate research by providing support to academicians and individuals to undertake research, and also provide consultancy on urban issues.He suggested that academic experts, research organisations and government agencies conduct academic programmes in urban planning for local government officials and others to better manage towns and cities. “Urbanisation should lead to community spirit-building. Where urban centres are built, pro-active efforts must be taken to build a sense of community and belonging among the multi-ethnic residents,” he added.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 (Bernama) -- The government should set up an Institute of Township Management to serve as a centre of excellence for local government administration, suggests social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.Lee said such an institute could also carry out research work and offer advice on issues involving township management, besides organising courses and training for local government officers."While Malaysia is undergoing rapid township or municipality development, the provision of various services to residents should be part of the national agenda," he said in a statement issued here Sunday.
As such, he said, many technical staff in areas such as planning, architecture, engineering and other professional fields would have to be recruited to increase the capacity of the local governments in administering their respective areas."The local governments must also be sensitive to public grouses and opinions in order to function effectively."In this respect, the public must be encouraged to voice out their views and to participate by being part of the consultative committees set up."Lee said 60 per cent of Malaysia's population now lived in the towns and cities, indicating rapid urban development due to rural-urgan migration.