Veritas Lecture Series #14 shared various expert views in a whole day series

Top L to R – Mark Staib, Ng Yiek Seng, Chan Chee Kian, David Mizan Hashim,Ahmad Soalahuddin Al-Thani,Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Ar. Hj. Esa Mohamed, Lee Yen Foong

Kuala Lumpur, 18th November 2021 – Renowned Architectural firm Veritas Design Group today, showcased a series of back-to-back talks from renowned speakers in its full day Veritas Lecture Series (VLS) number 14 themed – ‘MIND-THE-GAP’. This lecture series was founded in 2007 as a one-day event that delivers a lecture or series of talks. The main objective of the series is to present useful industry information and unique learning experiences about subjects of relevance to the design and property development industry. The VLS event is a yearly event that touches on architecture and design related subjects.

Transportation is an important factor to consider for most development, particularly in metropolitan areas. In light of the globalisation period, it can be seen that the advancement of technical sophistication as well as economic prosperity has contributed to a more vibrant population. As a result, the demand for residential and commercial development in the city centre and its surroundings is increasing.

TOD (Transit Oriented Development) is one such option. It is primarily anticipated to reduce reliance on private automobiles and promote public transit and walking as a way of life in cities.

The MIND-THE-GAP Conference seeks to investigate the role of Malaysia’s public transportation system on socioeconomic advancement. To what extent does public transportation stimulate growth by connecting city cores to suburbs and each other? This conference was designed to investigate the role of various types of public transportation systems, such as (MRT, LRT, HSR, ECRL, BRT, and so on), beginning with planning and ending with execution, and emphasising the importance of “the last mile” in achieving a fully integrated solution for the people.

The virtual event that began at 9am with an opening remark by Ar. David Mizan Hashim, Founder and Group President and Director of Veritas Design Group. “It is imperative to understand the importance of TODs in Malaysian development and the relevance it has towards a sustainable growth towards the future of Malaysia. MIND-THE-GAP will bring expert opinions up for discussion and bring ideas forward that could aid towards the cause – to mind the gap”, said Hashim.

Following his opening speech was a keynote by Datuk Isham Ishak, Secretary General, Ministry of Transport Malaysia who shared the current transportation plans of the Malaysian Transport Ministry, followed by a speech by The Land Public Transport Agency (APAD), Ts. Syed Mohamad Azani bin Syed Mohamad, who touched on the various public transport infrastructure.

Other speakers who graced the virtual stage were Mohd Zaidi bin Sharif who is currently leading the Strategic Planning and Business Development Division of Malaysia Rail Link (MRL) on East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim who is currently the Chief Executive Officer of MRT Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) who leads the construction MRT Putrajaya Line Project, the RTS Link Project from Johor Bharu to Singapore and the upcoming MRT3 Circle Line Project, Rudyanto Azhar who heads the Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit (IMBRT) team and many other experts from policy and regulatory, finance, engineering, property development and design backgrounds who shared their perspectives and exchanged ideas for the future. The event ended at 5pm.

The MIND-THE-GAP Conference seeks to build a close collaboration and cooperation among the various stakeholders, as a first step towards realizing the vision of a National Transport Plan 2019-2030.

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