The impact of movement control order on rural livelihood in Malaysia / Mohd Azren Hassan ... [et al.]

Hassan, Mohd Azren and Anuar Zabidi, Nur Atiqah and Ramli, Hidayati and S. Muthuveeran, Adam Aruldewan and Abdullah, Yusfida Ayu (2021) The impact of movement control order on rural livelihood in Malaysia / Mohd Azren Hassan ... [et al.]. Journal of International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship (JIBE), 6 (2). pp. 55-65. ISSN 2550-1429


In 2020, the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) had a global impact on normal daily life. The Government of Malaysia officially declared the Movement Control Order (MCO), an official national lockdown, to reduce the virus’s spread. In the face of the unprecedented global health pandemic, Malaysia had struggled to protect its citizens’ welfare and livelihoods, particularly in the hardest-hit rural areas. Therefore, this study uses the sustainable livelihood approach (SLA) focusing on the aspect of financial assets and government intervention to enhance understanding on the vulnerability in rural area’s livelihood. Pasir Puteh, Kelantan was identified as the rural area for this study. The analysis was performed on a questionnaire survey based on convenience sampling of 62 respondents. Cross table analysis and a correlation test were used to examine the livelihood of the rural area concerning the financial assets, government intervention and vulnerability. The findings indicated that the MCO had a substantial impact on the rural area regarding the vulnerability toward the financial assets, such as employment status, job loss, increasing living costs, and an insufficient response to rural economic challenges. At the same time, there is no substantial government intervention in the welfare of rural areas. According to the results, the study concluded that the government should set up training courses to assist in the long-term recovery of rural areas due to the enforced lockdown, which has adversely affected rural livelihoods.


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Hassan, Mohd Azren
Anuar Zabidi, Nur Atiqah
Ramli, Hidayati
S. Muthuveeran, Adam Aruldewan
Abdullah, Yusfida Ayu
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > Personality
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory. Demography > Business cycles. Economic fluctuations. Economic indicators > Finance and cycles. Financial crises. Convergence (Economics)
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Business and Management
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship (JIBE)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of International Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship (JIBE)
ISSN: 2550-1429
Volume: 6
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 55-65
Keywords: Financial Assets, Government Intervention, Movement Control Order, Sustainable Livelihood, Vulnerability
Date: December 2021
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