Future housing needs to have social support base

Abang Johari speaks at the result announcement ceremony for the Langit Architectural Competition.

KUCHING: There is a need to introduce social support infrastructures when planning housing development in the future, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

This, he said, is in view of the ageing population — expected to occur between 2030 and 2050 – and the trend towards community living.

“Sarawak is not out of this trend. There will be a lot of old people because people are living longer; the average age will be 70. From 80 to 90 years old you need social support,” he said.

Abang Johari said community living needs social services such as nursing homes close by so old people can enjoy their lives.

“In Sarawak we are fortunate that we have big land size relative to our population of only 2.8 million, which will be over three million by 2030.

“We have ample space; we must work with the resources that we have and add value to them. For instance, in terms of housing and social mobility, we must plan to create a living environment that is conducive to the well-being of the present and future generation.

“We must take our population growth and the demography into consideration,” he said when officiating at Hock Seng Lee’s Langit Architectural Competition here on Saturday (Aug 7).

Having observed the La Promenade housing area developed by Hock Seng Lee (HSL), Abang Johari noted that it is surrounded by greenery and equipped with security features.

“I saw a lot of trees, green area, well-looked after and properly maintained. There is also a two-tier security system.

“I must again express my appreciation for the architect and planners. Their work is first class. The developer has established a high standard,” he said.