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Good design important even for modest buildings - Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: Architecture is not only important in landmark projects like the Petronas Twin Towers but also in smaller, more modest buildings which are close to the community, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said good design should also be used in buildings like schools, community centres and places of worship because such designs should not be the preserve of the rich but also be open to all Malaysians.

He said in Malaysia's current socio-economic landscape, housing remained a critical issue for all Malaysians, notably quality and affordability.

"I will be launching very soon a new affordable home scheme that will provide home buyers with 100 per cent loans at a price that is affordable to low middle and middle income earners.

"I want all low and middle income families in Malaysia to be able to have an affordable home that is comfortable, sustainable and, where possible, equipped with renewable alternative energy that will lower their energy bills and improve their living standards," Najib said in his speech in opening the Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2011 (DATUM) here Friday night.

Also present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin. DATUM, which ends at the end of this month, was organised by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), with various events lined up including exhibitions, talks, dialogues, workshops, forums and conferences regarding design architecture and creativity.

Najib said architecture was the reflection of Malaysia's transformation into a modern, sustainable, and inclusive society.

"These developments will be unifying symbols of Malaysia and that will benefit the people of Malaysia.

Najib said PAM could play an important role in Malaysia's nation building because achieving this vision would require the contribution of the country's most talented and creative minds.

At the function, Najib also launched a book entitled "30 Under 40" which features 30 emerging Malaysian architects below 40 years of age. -- Bernama

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