Urban Development in Malaysia: The Case for a More Holistic Planning Approach

Abstract
Globalisation in the last three and a half decades has impacted major urban centres in Malaysia to grow well beyond their effective urban governance. The result is a superinduced urban development that has leapfrogged into the urban peripheries and caused intractable socio-physical problems in mega cities. The conspicuous lack of planning for decentralisation in other minor cities and the absence of an integrated form of urban governance in urban regions and corridors are making major cities into macro cephalic urban centres that are becoming untenable. In addition, urban planning has become synonymous with physical planning because it has not given due cognizance to the human dimensions especially to the less privileged segment of the society. Consequently, urban dualism has accentuated. It is obvious that urban growth and development in Malaysia requires an overall urbanisation strategy that is holistic in approach not only in terms of spatial but also human development.

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