Social impact assessment in Malaysia : present application and the way forward / Dato' Dr. Abdullah Mohamad Said

Mohamad Said, Abdullah (2010) Social impact assessment in Malaysia : present application and the way forward / Dato' Dr. Abdullah Mohamad Said. Professorial Lecture . UPENA, Shah Alam. ISBN 978-967-363-090-5

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The economic and social development in Malaysia adopted the concept of balanced development that aims towards achieving and maintaining balance between: i) growth among sectors ii) growth and distribution iii) growth and quality of life iv) the rate of growth, and v) material and moral well-being. This is to ensure that development is sustainable and the future generations will continue to enjoy the fruits of the present development efforts (Zainul Ariff, 1998). Malaysia had also been successful in terms of social development, particularly in selected critical areas of concern such as poverty, health, education, employment, shelter, environment, disaster, crime, social protection and family planning and development (MNUSD, 1997). Despite this success, rapid industrialisation, urbanisation, rural-urban migration and globalisation have resulted in social changes in terms of lifestyle, family structure and cultural values and norms, and in turn have given rise to social problems (Malaysia, 1996,2001). These problems had been of concern to our society and had become the subjects of research by social scientists, particularly those in the universities. Social problems had been the concern of the government as well. These are reflected in the five year development plans of the country. For example, the Seventh Malaysia Plan (1996-2000) recognised the increasing social problems that resulted from rapid growth as one of the major future challenges faced by the nation, thus, need to be effectively addressed. The Eighth Malaysia Plan (2001-2005) considered addressing social issues as one of the major trusts of the development plan. The plan outlined various strategies and programmes to avoid and reduce these problems. Central to these initiatives was the emphasis on the ability of the people to withstand negative influences due to development and to ensure the citizens were able to cope with social changes in order to ensure that they could enjoy the benefits of the economic development.

Item Type: Book
Mohamad Said, AbdullahUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > Collections of general literature
Divisions: University Publication Centre (UPENA)
Series Name: Professorial Lecture
Item ID: 11769
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 01:53
Depositing User: Admin Pendigitan PTAR

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