Improve and enliven Malaysian neighbourhoods. Propose a way to improve or develop your neighbourhood that enhances the quality of life in the community.

There are potentially many new ways to improve and enliven Malaysian neighbourhoods. This challenge asks you to ‘think big’ and to think about the Malaysia that you would like to see.  This is not an easy challenge, but it offers a huge opportunity for all Malaysians to think about developing and fostering a nation that is inclusive, open and relevant to its citizens. 

We welcome entries from young people working or studying across a range of fields and with a variety of expertise (please see the Eligibility Requirements for specific information about who can submit). We are looking for innovative ways to improve and develop neighbourhoods that will help build positive connections and interactions between people and between people and place. 

As you begin thinking about this challenge, there are some important questions to ask yourself:

  • What does your neighbourhood need the most?
  • What improvements would help the most number of people?
  • What obstacles are preventing improvement at the moment?

Your thoughts about the neighbourhood might relate to a single aspect or they may be multi-faceted and your solution may reflect this. You may choose to focus on happiness and wellbeing, income levels, cleanliness or litter. The important thing is that you design, develop and propose a solution that would improve some element of the neighbourhood. 

This challenge offers you the opportunity to think differently – outside of your daily practice or conventions. As such, you may want to focus on any one or number of issues associated with neighbourhoods and communities, such as:

  • Encouraging personal responsibility for the cleanliness of the neighbourhood environment – bearing in mind that there will be a more positive response from some members of the community than others. What might encourage the majority of people, of all ages, to take a personal responsibility for how the environment looks? How will you communicate this?
  • Involving different community groups or individuals in the community engagement process. e.g. the elderly, children and the socially disadvantaged.  – How might we encourage a new enthusiasm for what has traditionally been seen as someone else’s responsibility?
  • Involving business and public institutions, like schools, hospitals, councils, religious institutions, etc., in the process– How might such institutions derive new benefits from being better engaged with the neighbourhoods that they inhabit? 


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How to enter



  1. You must be registered on the ChallengePost platform to vote for a submission
  2. You can register using your Facebook account or your email account
  3. Click on "Vote on the Submissions" button on the home page, or the "Submission Gallery" to see the finalists
  4. Read through the submissions
  5. To vote for a submission, view the submission page and then click on the "Vote" button on the right hand side (if you have not logged-in to the ChallengePost platform you will be prompted to log-in)
  6. Once you have voted on an idea the "Vote" button will change to "Thanks for voting"
  7. You can vote for more than one idea, but you can only vote for each idea once
  8. Have fun





The challenge is open to citizens and permanent residents of Malaysia and organizations domiciled in Malaysia.

  1. Create an account on or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. On click “Accept this challenge” to register your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important challenge updates.
  3. Create a submission that meets the following requirements:
    1. Include a maximum of 10 x A4 PDF or Word pages describing the neighbourhood you’ve chosen and your idea to improve it.
    2. Your submitted PDF or word document may contain no more than 800 words across the 10 pages, but you may include as many images as you like.
    3. You should use the 800 words to supplement your visual material: photographs, diagrams, sketches and the written part of your solution should encapsulate your big idea, the process by which you reached it and the benefits you believe it will create for the neighbourhood.
    4. Submission in English or Malay language, or both.
  4. Upload a picture to represent your idea so that is it’s easier to identify.
  5. Upload your PDF or Word file and click submit.

As part of your submission, you need to provide a convincing and persuasive argument for how your proposal will improve or develop the neighbourhood. Remember that your submission, as well as being the primary vehicle by which your work will be judged, may also form part of a future business development plan. For both, the communication of ideas powerfully and succinctly is absolutely vital; even if you opt for a primarily visual response, you should provide a written statement to further describe your idea. Your statement should include the following.

  • Where is your neighbourhood? Describe it.
  • What issues or needs in your neighbourhood are you trying to address with your solution?
  • What is your solution idea?
  • Outline the problem as you see it
  • Outline your approach and thinking
  • Tell us about your idea and how you would implement it


Dr Jake Abdullah

Dr Jake Abdullah
CEO - 1M4U

Nurfarini Daing
Chief Eh Oh! - myHarapan, Youth Trust Foundation

Michael Teoh

Michael Teoh
Entrepreneur and Founder at

Hardesh Singh

Hardesh Singh
Founder - Popdigital

Sze Ying Goh

Sze Ying Goh
#BetterCities Lead

Dr. Hartini Zainudin
CEO - Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin

Mark Rozario

Mark Rozario
CEO - Agensi Inovasi Malaysia

Daphne Iking

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation and quality
    Entrants should aim to submit original and creative ideas.
  • Feasibility of implementation
    Includes cost, role and number of volunteers, as well as stakeholder support.
  • Sustainability
    Includes how likely the programme is to be fostered and maintained with local and volunteer support.
  • Impact and scale
    Includes whether the programme can be scaled up in the neighbourhood and/or replicated in other areas to include all Malaysians.