PART 1 Focus on Smart Sustainable Cities
Malaysia is home to about 30 million people and Kuala Lumpur is one of the densest cities in East Asia.
It is estimated that 75 per cent of Malaysians are living in cities and 90 per cent will be living within cities in 2050.
“With a little math, that breaks down to about 21 people migrating to Kuala Lumpur or be born in it every hour. With this rapid urbanisation rate, it is now more important than ever to build well,” said Cheng Jew Keng, chief operating officer of Sunway Property and Facilities Management (SPFM), Sunway Group’s asset management firm.
Sunway Group, founded by Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, has a unique ability to build sustainable cities in Malaysia and is a market leader at it.
The group developed Sunway City Kuala Lumpur (Sunway City KL) in Bandar Sunway, which is resurrected from a tin-mining land.
“Sunway City KL was built on a tin-mining wasteland and is a product of outstanding rehabilitation and restoration efforts. It is now a sustainable model city attracting the attention of academics and corporations from around the world,” Cheng told NST Property.
Sprawling 323.75ha, Sunway City KL is Malaysia’s first fully-integrated green township with Green Building Index certification and a Low Carbon City as certified by the Malaysian Institute of Planners.
Located just a 20-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre, Sunway City KL has a built-up of more than 60 million sq ft comprising world-class facilities, and attracts some 42 million visits every year.
It encompasses an enviable portfolio of more than 10,000 residential and commercial units, in addition to the multi award-winning hospitality, retail, leisure, healthcare and education components.
Cheng said Sunway City KL is also regarded as a safe city and aims to become a smart sustainable model city, nurturing the communities that live, learn, work and play within it, creating an ecosystem that will inspire a healthy, safe and interconnected society for generations to come.
“Today, Sunway City KL remains one of Southeast Asia’s premier tourist destinations,” he said.
The Selangor Town and Country Planning Deveopment recently recognised Sunday City KL as an Inclusive Development.
In 2017, Sunway City KL bagged an award for Top Smart City Initiative in Asia Pacific excluding Japan in the Smart Buildings category at IDC Government Insights’ IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA).