Improving the Inclusiveness of Malaysian Cities


Industry experts gather to discuss challenges and solutions




A group photo of the panellist of “Building Better Neighbourhoods” with the organising team (from left to right):- Imran Clyde, Executive Director of Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd; Anne Lourdes, Managing Director of Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd; Lee Jia Ping, Program Director and Head of Corporate Communications of Think City; Dr. Mohd Faris Khamidi, Associate Professor and Head of Build Environment University of Redding; Ar. Wan Sofiah Wan Ishak, Director of Design Evolution Architects Sdn Bhd and Registered Member with Board of Architect Malaysia; Koh Cha-ly, CEO of Propertypricetag.com; Ahmad Jefri Clyde, Director of Garis Architect and AJC Planning Consultants; Jeffrey Phang, Director of Community Development, Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD); Ernest Bernard Towle, Assistant General Manager of Starproperty.my; Giana Aleah Zulkafli, Director of Gain Green Corp Sdn Bhd



Kuala Lumpur, 23 May 2017 – A group of industry experts from diverse backgrounds gathered at RUANG by Think City in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to discuss on the topic of “Building Inclusive Communities”. Organized by Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd and design studio Sufficiencyty, the roundtable discussion saw key speakers from University Putra Malaysia, AJC Planning Consultants, Think City, Propertypricetag.com, Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) and StarProperty.my, come together to share their views. The event also marked the launch of a new Special Interest Group, called “Building Better Neighbourhoods”, which seeks to discuss pertinent issues related to the development and management of cities and public spaces as well as organise regular meets and events to build a platform where knowledge, ideas, strategies and plans can be shared all in the hope to build a better tomorrow.



We are hosting this special interest group in an aim to assist city officials, planners and managers, to prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by growth of cities by understanding current and future social, economic and community-based issues. This way, we will be able to prepare and explore opportunities to establish a sustainable, inclusive and better living environment that benefits all levels of Malaysian society,” said Imran Clyde, Executive Director of Nextdor Property Communications.



The inaugural event saw panelists covering three diverse questions. The first questions discussed the current desire to build ‘world-class’ cities and how far does this include the concept of inclusiveness. Next were the possible implications of new economic models from the growth of information technology and how all levels of society could participate. The final question covered the possible future implications of the current housing gap for homes in the RM 200,000 to RM 350,000 range as well as potential solutions to address this situation. “Big changes start with small steps and an event like this can help shape a better tomorrow. We plan to host similar events every three to four months and share our suggestions on various topics with associations, community leaders and the authorities,” added Clyde.



About 30 participants were seen at the event. Participants included students, property developers, businessmen, lecturers, and members of the media. The turnout and quality of discussion was a success and the organising team assures that this will not be the only Special Interest Group discussion. It is expected that the second roundtable discussion will cover the use and community management of public spaces. Issued by Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd on behalf of Think City. For further media enquiries, kindly contact:-



Anne Lourdes                                                                     Imran Clyde

019-465 2169                                                                     012-219 8210

annelourdes@nextdor.com.my                                                imran@nextdor.com.my





Nextdor Property Communications


Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd was established in 2005 and we’re driven by meaning and value in every idea and solution we craft. We are a specialist property marketing consultancy and ever since our inception, we’ve helped many Malaysian property companies develop long-term, cost effective and proven strategies to build successful property brands— and we are not stopping there. Leveraging on our extensive experience we also wanted to enhance the impact our ideas can have on the property industry. We have therefore developed our own programmes to explore new innovations and ideas for cities and its citizens.



Sufficiencyty Studios


Sufficiencyty Studios, is the latest endeavour UPM graduates have taken-on in looking at parameters to be considered as the fundamentals in further development of affordable housing.  They have been analysing basic individuals and communal needs that correspond to social development and advancement. These studies by Sufficiencyty Studios will be the launching pad to explore theories leading to real worlds solutions.