Project governance practices in urban public housing projects: a case study of public housing in Malaysia

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Abdul Muhaimin Abdul Latiff
Aini Jaapar
Che Maznah Mat Isa


The urban public housing project, especially for low-income people, is essential to cater to the increasing urbanisation rate in Malaysia. This study aimed to gain an understanding of the project governance practices in urban public housing projects in Malaysia, which will lead to better project delivery and the successful outcome of the projects. A single case study was conducted on a public housing project or known as Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur, and data for this study was gathered using semi-structured interviews with six (6) public officials, document analysis, and observation. The findings of this study indicate the positive interplay between project actors guided by the elements of trust, stakeholder management, empowerment, and collective decision making, which create value for the project. Hence, this article contributes to the dynamic understanding of how public officials practice project governance in conducting their works related to urban public housing projects. The findings of the study will enable related public organisations to reinforce the underlying project governance elements towards the strengthening of urban public housing delivery system. Case study research in different models of urban public housing could extend the discovery of other project governance elements while validating the findings of this study from different perspectives. The findings of the study are limited due to the use of a single case study related to the urban public housing project and its contexts.

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Abdul Latiff, A. M., Jaapar, A., & Mat Isa, C. M. (2020). Project governance practices in urban public housing projects: a case study of public housing in Malaysia. Construction Economics and Building, 20(4).
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Author Biographies

Aini Jaapar, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Aini Jaapar is currently the Director of Programme Pra Pendidikan Tinggi UiTM (formerly known as Programme Mengubah Destini Anak Bangsa) Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) since 2017.  Prior to the post, she was the Head, Centre of Studies for Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Shah Alam, Malaysia.  She is one of the founding members (M002) and a Fellow (F003) of Institute of Value Management Malaysia (IVMM). She is also a Member (1465596) of The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) UK.  Her PhD was in Value Management (VM) and in 2006, she produced the Prototype Guidelines for VM Application for the Malaysian Construction Industry to encourage further application of VM methodology in a consistent manner. She is active in contributing her expertise in quantity surveying and VM fields to the Examination Board for Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM).

Che Maznah Mat Isa, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Dr Che Maznah Mat Isa is currently a Assoc. Prof. at Faculty of Civil Engineering, University Teknologi Mara, Malaysia.