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Facebook IconSeptember 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm

We are pleased to announce the second forum under REFSA's #urbanseries. The forum titled 'Moving Cities: The Political Economy of Transportation' will feature MPs Liew Chin Tong and Ong Kian Ming and Dr Prodyut Dutt, the Chief Development Officer of Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat - SPAD. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 4th at the Library For Social Democracy from 8.00 - 9.20 pm. This is a free event but we strongly advise registering early by clicking on the following link. #urbanisation #publictransportation

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REFSA Urban Series: The Political Economy of Transportation

REFSA Urban Series: The Political Economy of Transportation

“You can't understand a city without using its public transportation system.” - Erol Ozan

This is the second forum as part of our Urban Series programme following the success of our first event on city planning which featured renowned architect, Kun Lim. REFSA’s Urban Series is a number of forums relating to issues which arise from urbanisation. Drawing inspiration from the documentary aptly titled ‘Urbanized’, made by independent filmmaker Gary Hustwit; the series in centered around 4 main themes which includes urban transportation, the theme of this forum.

Rapid urbanization has seen the population of cities grow exponentially. This often results in overcrowding, something that is most observable on a city’s public transportation network. Join us for an engaging discussion on the politics of transportation and how better urban planning and decentralisation could address issues with our present public transportation system.

The speakers for the event are:
@[135856610910:274:Liew Chin Tong],
Member of Parliament for Kluang and REFSA Chairman.
Dr @[398656786856054:274:Ong Kian Ming],
Member of Parliament for Serdang.
Dr Prodyut Dutt,
Chief Development Officer, Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

We are pleased to invite you to this event on urban transportation. We strongly advise all those interested to register by clicking on the @[28218816837:128:Eventbrite] link above.

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Facebook IconSeptember 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

REFSA in the news.

Quoted from FMT, "Malaysia, Indonesia dan Filipina tiada pilihan lain kecuali mempercepatkan persetujuan rondaan bersama di kawasan perairan Laut Sulu dan Laut Sulawesi," kata penganalisis pertahanan Lam Choong Wah.

"Felo kanan di Kajian Kemajuan Sosial (Refsa) itu berkata peringkat akhir perbincangan antara Malaysia, Filipina dan Indonesia mengambil masa terlalu lama dan ia sepatutnya dipercepatkan."

“Mengapa bot itu berada di kawasan perairan ketika malam? Adakah ini menunjukkan perintah berkurung (dari 7 malam hingga 5 pagi) gagal dilaksanakan Esscom secara menyeluruh,” katanya yang juga penulis buku ‘Are We Protected? Malaysian Defence Uncovered’ terbitan Refsa.

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Kes culik terbaru: 3 negara perlu cepat muktamad rundingan rondaan di Sabah

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Pakar berkata hanya kerjasama Malaysia, Indonesia dan Filipina dapat menjamin keselamatan pantai timur Sabah, selepas Esscom gagal menghentikan insiden penculikan di situ.

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September 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

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#WhatToReadThursday Unsettling Absences, by Eric C. Thompson — The kampung represents home and Malayness, but evolving economic and social spheres challenge personal identity. This book explores the conflicted realities of rural inhabitants who face an encroaching urban world.

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Facebook IconSeptember 6, 2016 at 8:53 am

Beween 2005 and 2012, waste generation has increased from 19,000 tonnes a day to 33,000 tonnes. That's from 0.8 kg per person per day to 1.1kg! Meanwhile the recycling rate has only increased from 5% to 10.5%.

The Federal Government and the Penang State Government are moving in the right direction by implementing a waste separation at source schemes. While there is still great room for improvement, such schemes will have undoubtedly increased the recycling rate from the dismal 10.5% in 2012.

This is #progress.

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September 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

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#WhatToReadThursday Kuala Lumpur at War 1939-1945, by Andrew Barber — War presents complex and contradictory experiences, as it affects each community and individual in different ways. How did the Japanese occupation and the return of the British impact the city and its people? #MerdekaMonth 🇲🇾

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Last night's "Young Influencers' Circle" was an insight into the minds of passionate young Malaysians such as Anis Syafiqah, the student activist behind the recent #TangkapMO1 rally, and our intern Yen Khai. The speakers shared their experiences and aspirations in public policy research, community service, and activism. #thecityinsitute

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Facebook IconAugust 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm

A little reminder of our event later this evening featuring some very passionate young people. The event will feature 4 interns including REFSA's very own, Yen Khai.

We will also be joined by Anis Syafiqah, a student activist and Sekolah Demokrasi alumni who was also behind the recently concluded #tangkapMO1 rally.

Join us at the Library For Social Democracy at 8 p.m. for an insight into the minds of these young influencers. Food will be provided.

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Facebook IconAugust 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Gandhi once said that we should "be the change" that we "wish to see in the world" and the speakers at our upcoming event have been doing just that.

Join us next Monday night, at the Library For Social Democracy, for an insightful sharing session by young people who are trying to effect change in Malaysia. Our very own intern, Yen Khai will be sharing his thoughts on interning at Refsa - Research For Social Advancement.� #thecityinsitute

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We had a full house for "City Design for People" yesterday! Mr Kun Lim — award-winning architect — spoke on his projects and experiences in urban planning.

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Facebook IconAugust 21, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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Great turnout at Mr Kun Lim's talk, "City Design for People." Now until 4PM!

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Facebook IconAugust 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

We're just one day away from our intriguing event of city planning! The speaker, Mr Kun Lim has over 30 years of experience in architecture and masterplanning. He has worked on major projects around the world including the New Jersey State Aquarium and the KL monorail; he was also the concept master planner of Putrajaya at the early stages of its conception.

Hurry and register today, there's still time!

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Facebook IconAugust 19, 2016 at 7:10 pm

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Mr Kun Lim — award-winning architect and Putrajaya's concept master planner — will speak on urban planning this Sunday, 2PM. Event details: bit.ly/2bBDppR

Here's an article by REFSA Chairman and Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong on the finance behind the construction of Putrajaya.

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malaysiana: Putrajaya

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"I made Putrajaya, yes? It’s not for me. It’s for the future. In fact, I had planned to resign in 1998. Had I resigned in 1998, I wouldn’t (have gone) to Putrajaya at all. But it doesn’t matter to me. And the house for the prime minister, because the incoming prime minister, I thought, was going to…

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Facebook IconAugust 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

How can we make our city functions better? How could different designs change a city and the livelihood of its people?

#TheCityInstitute, REFSA, will be hosting the concept master planner of Putrajaya, Mr Kun Lim on Sunday, 2pm at Library For Social Democracy. He is also the Design Principal of Kun Lim Studio LLC in Seattle.

Interested to join in the discussion? Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/city-design-for-people-tickets-27142230141

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Facebook IconAugust 19, 2016 at 12:41 pm

A little background information on our esteemed speaker for this Sunday's event at the Library For Social Democracy. Mr Kun Lim is an award winning architect with over three decades of experience in #architecture and #masterplanning.

Register today to avoid disappointment as places are limited! More information is available here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/city-design-for-people-tickets-27142230141

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How can cities be better planned to meet the needs of a burgeoning urban population? What are the most pertinent issues which arise in city planning?

REFSA, the city institute, is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Mr Kun Lim, the concept master planner of Putrajaya, for a talk on Sunday, August 21st. The talk will be centered on urbanisation and city planning.

An alumni of the University of Houston in Architecture, he has over 30 years of experience in the field including as the concept master planner of Putrajaya during his time with BEP Akitek Sdn Bhd in the 90s. He is currently the Design Principal of Kun Lim Studio LLC in Seattle.

Join us this Sunday at the Library For Social Democracy for an exciting event on city planning. Click on the link below to register as places are limited. Don't miss out, register today! #cityplanning #urbanissues #thecityinstitute

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/city-design-for-people-tickets-27142230141

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City Design for People

City Design for People

How can cities be better planned to meet the needs of a burgeoning urban population? What are the most pertinent issues which arise in city planning?

REFSA, the city institute, is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Mr Kun Lim, the concept master planner of Putrajaya, for a talk on Sunday, August 21st. The talk will be centered on urbanisation and city planning.

An alumni of the University of Houston in Architecture, he has over 30 years of experience in the field including as the concept master planner of Putrajaya during his time with BEP Akitek Sdn Bhd in the 90s. With firms in Kuala Lumpur and Seattle, Mr Kun Lim has worked on projects in multiple countries and his works have been featured in reputable architecture journals and also presented at international conferences.

Mr Kun Lim’s involvement in the early planning of Putrajaya is of particular interest as the building of the administrative capital has long been a contentious issue; Mr Liew Chin Tong, MP for Kluang and REFSA Chairman has previously written on and also raised questions on Putrajaya in the Malaysian Parliament.

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The third and final semester of our Political Philosophy course ended yesterday. Dr. Tony See concluded it with a discussion about Žižek's analysis on language and subjectivity.

Congratulations to all participants!

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Facebook IconJuly 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

Join us for the 3rd semester of classes on Political Philosophy!

Class #1 commences tomorrow, from 2-6pm at the Library For Social Democracy. This first class will be an Introduction to 20th Century Democracy.

Register here: https://goo.gl/e8bc9t

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Some local councils in Selangor recently imposed a ban on polystyrene packaging at Ramadan bazaars, this was in line with the state's upcoming 2017 No Polystyrene Campaign.

However, how is such a campaign to succeed if the relevant enforcement agencies are unable to prevent the use of polystyrene at a event organised by the state? Stringent enforcement is key to the success of the campaign.

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Selangor holds Raya do… with polystyrene?

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AMPANG, July 10 — With the Selangor government seeking to ban the use of polystyrene for packaging food, it was ironic to note that some stalls at the state Hari Raya celebration here yesterday served up a feast on plates that looked to be made

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At an estimated cost of RM60 billion, the Government must be forthcoming with the future tender process and also the minute details of the project. In the overview prepared by MyHSR, traffic congestion on the Causeway is identified as one of the main justifications for the project; however, the proposed alignment in the overview shows that the line will not pass through Johor Bahru city. So, how much of a reduction in traffic will it result in?

Read more about our concerns on the project in the latest Refsa Quarterly. #thetransportissue

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Singapore-Malaysia high speed rail plans inch closer

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UNDER the hot Hainanese sun, a bullet train speeds down the east side of China's southernmost province. Leaving Haikou in the north, it passes coconut trees and building projects, skirting the South China Sea coast.Its final destination is Sanya, about 300km to the south, which it reaches about 90 m...

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