This article reviews the literature concerning studies of international and national disaster planning and housing in Malaysia. Focus of argument centered to the very classic evolution of disaster planning transformation from the notion of disaster represented as natural event to act of social phenomena that emphasis comes to be on internal rather than external factors. Government as a social regime not only formulates a complete framework of disaster planning but also has to make sure the plan works throughout the whole cycle of disaster management. It is essential to ensure close liaison between the bodies responsible for recovery and that concerned with disaster management. Learning can be used to develop a strategy and actions that include awareness raising and capacity building for enhancing enforcement of current legislation in order to ensure that disaster risk reduction is a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation.