Joachim calls for innovative and affordable housing solutions in Sabah
6 August 2023
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Joachim Gunsalam has called on local architects to use their expertise to create innovative and cost-effective housing solutions for all income groups in the state.
Speaking at the 46th Annual Dinner of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Sabah Chapter on Friday night, Dr Joachim said that the state government was aware of the challenges faced by the people in securing adequate and affordable housing.
He said that collaborative efforts between the government, PAM Sabah Chapter and other stakeholders could make a significant difference in alleviating the housing issues.
"The importance of affordable and adequate housing cannot be overstated. I encourage the architects in Sabah to lend their expertise in crafting innovative and cost-effective housing solutions that cater to the needs of all income groups," he said.
Dr Joachim, who is also the State Local Government and Housing Minister, also emphasised the role of architecture in creating sustainable and inclusive environments for the people.
He said that Sabah, with its rich cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty, deserved outstanding architectural designs that complemented its unique identity.
"Our state's growth and development must be balanced with preserving our heritage and protecting the environment. Architects play a crucial role in striking this balance, creating structures that blend seamlessly with the surroundings while meeting the evolving needs of our society," he said.
He added that he understood that PAM Sabah Chapter had been advocating sustainable architecture and promoting green building practices, which aligned with the government's commitment to building a more environmentally friendly and resilient future.
He also urged PAM Sabah Chapter to continue fostering programmes and initiatives that supported the growth and development of young architects, who he said were the future of the profession.
Dr Joachim expressed his gratitude to PAM Sabah Chapter for its invaluable contributions to the state's architecture and development over the years, and called for a shared vision of sustainable and inclusive growth for Sabah.