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Malaysia comprises two main land masses. Peninsular (or West) Malaysia borders Singapore (via land bridges) and Thailand, while East Malaysia on the northern part of Borneo island borders Brunei and Indonesia. The Federation of Malaya was formed in 1948 and gained independence from British sovereignty in 1957. Malaysia was formed as a new Federation in 1963, bringing in the states of Singapore (temporarily until 1965), Sarawak and Sabah.
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Malaysian Forestry Policy 2020 adopted at National Land Council Meeting

30 January 2021

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 29): The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry (KeTSA) has achieved a new milestone in forestry management with the adoption of the Malaysian Forestry Policy 2020 which involved consultations among the three regions in the country, namely the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak. Its…

Officials say why govt needs power over private property

18 January 2021

Main photo: The chief secretary, Mohd Zuki Ali, said the emergency ordinance allowed the government to requisition private buildings for additional classrooms. PETALING JAYA: Two top government officials have explained why the government has been provided emergency powers for access to private land…

Emergency Ordinance allows Agong to take temporary possession of any private property

15 January 2021

The recently gazetted Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 grants powers to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or anyone authorised by him, to take temporary possession of any land, building or moveable property. — Picture by Hari Anggara KUALA LUMPUR Jan 15 — The recently gazetted Emergency …



Malaysia has benefitted from well-developed IT systems for the registration and administration of land, where transfers can take place within a day.

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World Urban Forum 9: A promise or a responsibility?

13 February 2018

Major global agreements, such as the Paris climate change agreement, and the SDGs will not come to fruition without local governments Over a year ago in Quito, after a long negotiation and high involvement of all stakeholders, the atmosphere I could feel in my constituency was that of a promise; a…