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Urban poverty: a case study of major cities in Malaysia

Pramanik, Ataul Huq and Abdullah, Moha Asri and Mat Derus, Alias and Barom, Mohd. Nizam (2009) Urban poverty: a case study of major cities in Malaysia. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur. ISBN 9789833855803

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Abstract

Urban poverty is inextricably linked to rural poverty. In fact, the former is caused by the latter. The ‘Pull’ and the ‘Push’ factors can significantly explain the prevailing dismal conditions associated with urban poverty. While the goal of faster development manifest through commercialization, modernization and urbanization contributed to urban-biased development strategy the lack of appropriate priorities for rural/agricultural development contributed to the ‘Push’ factors. Based on the detailed findings on multi-dimensional aspects of urban poverty this study strongly suggests that the development should be taken to the people and not the people to the development mostly confined to the urban areas. This will, on the one hand, reduce the justification for growing allocations for urban-biased industrialization strategy and weaken the ‘Push’ factors related to one way ‘rural to urban flow’ of the aspiring younger generation, on the other. The problems of over urbanization with the concomitant effects on poor living environments in ramshackle houses in squats, giving rise to growing social and moral degradations can be largely overcome by redirecting priorities for improving human capital as well as enhancing economic opportunities for the rural and urban poor, in general and those from less developed regions, in particular.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 655/204 (HV4146.6A5U72P 2009)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban poor-Malaysia, poverty in Malaysia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Economics
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Moha Asri Abdullah
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 12:04
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 11:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/204

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