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Social implication of squatter relocation: The case of desa mentari

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Suzanne Speak, Professor Tim Townshend


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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.Kuala Lumpur underwent rapid urbanisation and industrialisation in the 1980s and 1990s, which saw major demolitions of squatter settlements for new mega development projects. Consequently, this resulted in former squatter dwellers being relocated into low-cost high-rise flats. Thus, this paper presents the social implications of slum relocation into low-cost high-rise housing development. Desa Mentari was selected as a case study for this research where its characteristics as low-cost high-rise residential complexes for relocated former squatter dwellers best fit the requirement. The data were then analysed against the five domains of the infrastructure of everyday life which are home and neighbourhood, sources of support, making ends meet, enjoyment and having a say. From the analysis, it has been established that the major implications are the breakdown of the community structure, the rise of social ills, the deficient living environment and racial conflicts. The work conclusively argues that housing and planning policies should put much consideration into the everyday life activities, issues and needs of particular communities within society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Abdul Aziz F, Speak S, Townshend T

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation

Year: 2020

Pages: 515-526

Online publication date: 21/07/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Publisher: Springer Nature


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-17308-1_45

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ISBN: 9783030173081