Seng Boon Lim

Seng Boon Lim
Universiti Teknologi MARA | UiTM · Department of Town and Regional Planning

PhD in Smart City Development & Planning (UKM Bangi)
Open for collaboration in how sustainable smart urbanism shape citizenship, governance, and planning.

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Introduction
My background is as a town planner. Currently, I am interested in advancing knowledge on the intersection of spatial, social, technical and politics in development studies. These research niches include inclusivity, governance, citizenship, e-democracy and smart city development and planning. One can contact me via email lim@uitm.edu.my or limsengboonn@gmail.com. ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9920-924X Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6LLSbUQAAAAJ&hl=en
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - December 2021
UCSI University
Position
  • Research Fellow
Description
  • Did research on Penang development
September 2020 - August 2021
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Position
  • PostDoc Position
May 2020 - August 2020
UKM Pakarunding Sdn Bhd
Position
  • Research Officer
Description
  • Did project for Selangor state government on "Knowledge cluster for Selangor state"
Education
March 2017 - March 2020
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Field of study
  • Developmental sciences, smart city planning, citizen participation, citizenship
July 2001 - April 2005
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Field of study
  • High tech park planning, firm's innovation
September 1996 - June 2001
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Field of study
  • Urban & regional planning, housing planning and projection

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Publications (45)
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Buku ini ditulis berasaskan epistemologi pasca materialis dengan hakikat (ontologi) bahawa landasan kemunculan bandar pintar bertitik tolak daripada budaya kebendaan teknologi termaju seperti teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT). Namun begitu sebagai pemikir pasca materialis metode pemahaman terhadap pembangunan bandar pintar lebih jauh daripada...
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Buku ini telah menggariskan cabaran yang dihadapi oleh bandar pintar ubiquitous (U-City) berbanding dengan bandar bertemakan teknologi yang lain. Nilai teknologi ‘ubiquitous’ seperti ubiq pengkomputeran, ubiq penjaringan, dan ubiq urbanisme adalah semakin penting dan perlu dikembangkan kepada pemahaman masyarakat umum. Demi niat sedemikian, buku in...
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As 2021 onwards is set to witness the nationwide implementation of smart city initiatives, the issues faced by local authorities in the implementation critically require guidance. The level of challenges has been exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19, and Malaysian cities urgently need to establish a new normality in which technological solutions m...
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This short CV of Dr Lim Seng Boon explains his education, research background and expertise, community services, and selected publications. He welcomes research collaborations from scholars and practitioners. Feel free to contact him at lim@uitm.edu.my or limsengboonn@gmail.com.
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This single-page CV (Curriculum Vitae) of Dr Lim Seng Boon summarizes his education, research background and expertise, teaching, consultation, and industrial experiences. He welcomes research collaborations from scholars and practitioners. Feel free to contact him at lim@uitm.edu.my or limsengboonn@gmail.com.
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Participatory governance is widely viewed as an essential element of realizing planned smart cities. Nonetheless, the implementation of e-participation platforms, such as the websites and mobile applications of civic authorities, often offer ambiguous information on how public voices may influence e-decision-making. This study aims to examine the s...
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The right to the city concept is widely debated in academic discourse yet ambiguously executed in public discourse. In much of the discussion, the right to the city is advocated as a right that humans should claim—i.e., participating in urban space living. Nonetheless, constraints and limits are imposed on such advocacy, resulting in a tokenized im...
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In response to the theme of Majalah Habitat 2020, “Housing for all: a better urban future,” this article attempts to provide evidence of the efforts of the Malaysian Government to assist the targeted B40 and M40 groups to own affordable housing. Acknowledging the economic effects of COVID-19, income is falling among the B40 (the lowest 40 per cent)...
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Background: Governing the city development through standards is a recent trend that began in the mid-2010s since the publication of standards related to smart sustainable cities and communities by the British Standard Institutions (BSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). However, future cities are even more complex, and t...
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PENGENALAN Bandar adalah projek utopia yang mungkin wujud hasil rekaan dan idaman arkitek dan perancang bandar seperti Le Corbusier (city of tomorrow, the radiant city), Ebenezer Howard (the garden city), dan aktivis Jane Jacobs (the death and life of great American cities) (Ganjavie 2012; Moxley 2018; Scott 1998; Searle 2012). Walau bagaimanapun,...
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The ethics of technology-or data-driven smart city development is facing criticism for being oriented toward the data deterministic and containing instrumental rationality and realist epistemology assumptions. Allegedly, therefore, it is willfully ignoring data privacy and rights, citizen autonomy, and deontology. Such ethics of utilitarianism are...
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Whilst a plethora of research exists on the smart cities and project performance evaluations, only few studies have focused on the smart city policy evaluation from the perspective of its acceptance by practitioners. This paper aims to generate insights by evaluating the smart city policy through a developing country case study—i.e., Malaysia. This...
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This study aims to analyze the application of good enough governance in considering the citizens’ value propositions that shape smart city societies. This paper applied a quantitative method with cross-country comparisons. Survey data were derived from the World Values Survey. Malaysia was chosen as the main study area, and compared with Indonesia...
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Since the ‘Coronavirus Disease 2019’ (COVID-19) struck the world and Malaysia, the general attention of the media and leaders has been focused on the high population density areas that have high infection rates and deaths. This article aims to rethink population density in urban development policy, thus providing development for policy direction in...
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This chapter explores the relationship between a smart city and citizenship in Malaysia through text and thematic analysis of the recently launched Malaysia Smart City Framework (MSCF). This first MSCF top-down document functions as a guideline and assists in coordinating silo developments by local authorities. As this is the first attempt by autho...
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Consequent to the declaration of achieving the SDGs by UN in 2016, most of the countries with capitalism politics have chosen to adopt the tool of 'smart urbanism' in gearing for national development. However, research shows that most of the countries, including Malaysia, are not on the right track. Thus, this paper aims to examine other alternativ...
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Introduction: The political struggle of applying ‘good enough governance’ is a factor in governing a smart city society, considering changes in citizens’ value propositions, and under a Collective and Adaptive System (CAS) that shows desirable and ethical issues. Objective: This study aims to explain and analyze the application of good enough gover...
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The understanding of urban safety assessments is somewhat confusing, and conflicting conclusions often arise between international and local discourse. Observing the city of Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia, foreign discourse evaluates KL as a ‘medium low-safe city’ (below average). However, local discourse sees KL as a safe city that is highly suitable...
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Social enterprise is a model of solving various problems through its enterprise elements that are widely applied by the whole world to develop the well-being of the global community. This situation also makes this social enterprise can contribute to a community through the goals developed in the social enterprise. However, how well does this enterp...
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Despite the rhetoric of "citizen-first," which has been tokenized in recent years by the smart city administrations, what it means has long been unclear to many, including the public at large. Put simply, this rhetoric concerns the mindset of the members of a local community and places them at the heart of the smart city initiatives. In order to br...
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Crime is a manifestation of incivility that society attempts to curb, yet faces enormous challenges, as crime is a by-product of urbanization and human advancement. As more agglomeration of the population in cities around the globe, humankind's safety from being threatened by crime needed to be safeguard to sustain everyday living in cities. Humans...
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This is the slide presentation for the proceeding paper, "Conceptual framework of U-City development towards sustainability and stability.” (in the Malay language)
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This is the video presentation for the proceeding paper, "Conceptual framework of U-City development towards sustainability and stability.” (in the Malay language) (source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V7pgQagZf8)
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ABSTRAK-Pembangunan bandar yang berteraskan kecanggihan teknologi seperti U-City (ubiquitous city) adalah semakin menjadi hala tuju penyelesaian masalah bandar di dunia dan di Malaysia. Dalam era pasca-moden, pembanguan U-City juga dipengaruhi di bawah arus global yang menekankan pembangunan mampan/ lestari (sustainable development) yang berasaskan...
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The Safe City Programme was launched one and a half-decade ago in Malaysia as one of the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) strategy to curb crimes. However, the crime rates, in particular in Kuala Lumpur (KL), have shown little evidence of abating. Little is understood of the actual challenges facing the programme. Therefore, questions have been ra...
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This is an appendix on the observation on e-services (websites) of Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Malaysia. To cite this document: Boon, L. S., Malek., J. A., Hussain, M. Y., & Tahir, Z. (2020). Participation in EGovernment Services and Smart City Programs: A Case Study of Malaysian Local Authority. Planning Malaysia Journal, 18(3), 300–312. ht...
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Public participation is gaining popularity in local governance practices where the involvement of the public in the decision-making process is essential in promoting good governance concepts. However, local authorities are facing challenges in guiding public involvement in e-government services such as smart city programmes. Hence, this paper aimed...
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ABSTRAK Kajian ini cuba memahami sejauh mana perbezaan yang wujud antara wacana antarabangsa dan tempatan dalam menilai bandar selamat Kuala Lumpur (KL), dan apa aspek yang boleh dipelajari daripada wacana kedua-dua pihak. Bab ini mengguna pakai kaedah kajian kes yang berpandukan jadual matriks perbandingan dan analisis statistik deskriptif. Hasil...
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Recommended Citation: Lim, S. B., Yong, C. K., Zurinah, T., & Jalaluddin, A. M. (2020). Perbandingan wacana dunia dan lokal bagi status keselamatan bandar Kuala Lumpur. eProsiding Simposium Kebudayaan Indonesia-Malaysia (SKIMXVI), 5 Mei 2020. Retrieved from http://www.ukm.my/skim/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Lim-Seng-Boon.pdf (password pdf: skim2020...
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Lack of understanding across the global north and global south, and with the need for alternative development paths in smart urbanism discourse are issues highlighted by recent smart urbanism research. Therefore, this paper aims to comprehend the trends of smart urbanism across contrasting geographies and to learn about the alternative direction of...
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Of the three major actors in smart cities, citizens have the most ambiguous roles, unlike the government which is the clear decision-maker, and the private technological players which are obviously supposed to provide state-of-the-art technologies to smart cities. Evidently, the possession of ambiguous characteristics or vague roles can result in t...
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Purpose-This paper aims to examine which political paths, between capitalism, social democracy or ecological democracy, should the smart urbanism movement follow in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Design/methodology/approach-This study applied a document analysis design on the stakeholders' literature such as the news med...
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Citizen participation is a much contested and conflicting term, whereby the general consensus highlighted its value for a democratic society. However, various complex issues regarding its understanding and implementation from power holders and citizens alike are abundant in practice. Therefore, this paper aims to make sense of the issues of citizen...
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Recently, the governors of technology-driven smart cities have been criticised for ignoring their citizens and limiting the role of the general public to being passive users. Even though the goal of realising citizen centricity has been embodied in the visions of most smart cities, it has remained to be a rhetorical notion. This paper was aimed to...
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While certain smart cities are lauded to be citizen-centric, they are actually not so in practice. Most cities clearly lack a conceptual understanding of the ideal characteristics of its citizens and their involvement in public life. Thus, the objective of this paper was two-fold – to identify the desired characteristics of the citizens of citizen-...
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Local government performance is frequently interpreted through stakeholders’ satisfaction measured by statistical analyses. Apart from testing the relationship, the perception of satisfaction on services provided is further influenced by the degree of expectation being met, and understanding the customer behaviour. Thus, this study attempts to expl...
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Recently the technology-driven smart city initiatives have been criticised for ignoring the citizen and placing them as passive user role. Furthermore, to realise the citizen-centric goal is still a rhetoric term although being lauded in most of the smart city vision. This paper proposes citizen participation as one of the tools to realise the citi...
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The accuracy of forecasting of housing needs and demand is crucial to the preparation of development plan because residential land constitutes a greater share of the developed area of cities. Presently, many common methods are based on aggregate method, headship rates, household size, backlog and other accounting methods. Many of these methods have...
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High technology property based development appeared in many other names such as science city, science park, technopolis, technopole, innovation center, among others. Science city is derived from the concept of science park. It is a concept of high technology property based development which links high technology industries, universities, and govern...
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The paper attempts to integrate the use of Life Cycle Matric (LCM) to examine the energy demand profile in residential sector in Johor Bahru metropolitan area. It is based on an empirical household survey on 200 samples of respondents. The energy demand profile study showed transportation constitutes the major bulk of the total energy consumption....
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Abstract Forecasting of housing needs is crucial to urban and regional planning because residential land constitute a greater share of the developed area of cities. Presently, many common methods based on aggregate method, headship rates, household size, backlog and other accounting methods. Many of these methods have their strength and weaknesses...

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Generally, both concepts combine (environmental, social and economic) sustainability and (ICT) smartness in city development. However, they might differ depending on the approaches to deal with the urban challenges. Here I would do voting. If You think there are the same, please reply 1 and why; if no, please reply 2 and why. Thanks.
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This example of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge and Toronto smart city project can serve to illustrate a rethinking of utilitarianism ethics because if data-driven urbanism is ideal for smart city and society development, the question then arises of why criticism and local protests occurred. This contested scenario has created conditions of uncertainty for the future states of many more cities that have mainly developed through the ethics of utilitarianism and the logic of data-driven urbanism but with less concern for humanistic values. As many developments have been executed according to planned blueprints, the authors address the following question: “Besides utilitarianism ethics, are other values of ‘post-utilitarianism’ that emphasize inclusion, rights, justice, deontology, and autonomy considered by smart city-related blueprints?”
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Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, international media reports (Tavernise & Mervosh, 2020, Malaymail, 2021) have raised concerns about population density, which is of the utmost concern in the spatial urban planning dimension and its policy design. The density dilemma is that high urban density creates ideal conditions for the expansion of disease; at the same, cities also work as laboratories to defeat disease (Keil, 2020).
Therefore, will the term ‘density’ be oversimplified by the media and cause worries and confusion to the urban planning doctrine and the post-COVID-19 urban development policy direction? Will the cause be not density but other factors, such as crowding, that matter for curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus?
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Under the hegemonic capitalist ideology, it seems that leaders have achieved confidence in promoting both the SDGs and smart urbanisation.
However, evidence from the 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards Report shows that none of the developed and developing nations globally is on track towards achieving all the goals by 2030. The slowest progress is being made on some of the environmental goals (Abdul Hamid, 2018). The developing country such as Malaysia is on a downward trend, as the country is moving in the wrong direction in climate action (SDG 13) and charting a stagnant trend in building sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) (Sachs et al., 2018, pp. 288–289).
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Any other empirical proof besides Hinkle (2009, 2014; that based on the broken windows theory, Wilson & Kelling 1982)?
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I am from Malaysia. I am researching on citizen participation, citizen-centric, related to smart city topic. I am wondering what are the sub-topics or area which would trigger the interest of a scholar from western societies to read my writing, or to increase the possibility of publishing my manuscript in an ISI-Q1 journal. thank you

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The goal of this project is to build a model and to suggest policies for citizen-centric smart cities in Malaysia.
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The goal of this project is to build a model of education cluster and to suggest development policies for the State Government of Selangor, Malaysia. The study areas included the districts of Gombak, Hulu Langat and Serdang.