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MIGHT To Replicate 'Smart Village' Initiative At 12 Sites

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (Bernama) — The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) expects to replicate its high-tech self-contained "smart village" initiative at 12 sites in the short to medium term.

Rimbunan Kaseh is a model community located on 12 ha. in Pahang, consisting of 100 affordable homes, high-tech educational, training and recreational facilities, and a creative, closed-loop agricultural system designed to provide both food and supplementary income for villagers.

In a statement, Datuk Tan Say Jim of IRIS Corporation Bhd, which spearheads the public-private partnership, said the energy-efficient homes require 10 days to construct, in part from post-consumer materials, and cost between RM50,000 and RM60,000.

The village's solar-generated power is complemented by biomass energy and mini-hydro electricity, he said at a special meeting in San Jose organised by MIGHT for the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) at the Global Innovation Summit -- a unique assembly of all-star international and Malaysian experts and leaders, created to guide sustainable Malaysian development.

"With this project, we stimulate rural growth with modern agriculture activities, we balance development and economic activities between the urban and rural areas, we provide income and we improve living standards," he said. — Bernama

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