Enhancement for Rural Livability: Changes and impacts on the traditional Malay settlement





traditional settlements, issues, heritage sites, preservation of heritage sites


A traditional settlement is defined as an area with sound and a strong sense of traditional village character inhabited by a society that preserves their cultural and traditional practices. However, the society’s traditions and way of life have continuously been threatened as the country moves towards urbanisation, which is gradually changing the settlements. The objectives of this research are to identify the changes in the traditional settlement and identify the issues in deterioration of traditional Malay settlement. A mixed-method approach applied as the research methodology. The findings reveal the changes and impact include six underlying factors; natural disaster, lack of maintenance, modern development, destruction by irresponsible parties, lack of awareness and declining of traditional product in the market.

Keywords: traditional settlements; issues; heritage sites; preservation of heritage sites  

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Author Biographies

Nor Zalina Harun, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Institute of the Malay World and Civilization

Najiha Jaffar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Institute of the Malay World and Civilization


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How to Cite

Harun, N. Z., & Jaffar, N. (2018). Enhancement for Rural Livability: Changes and impacts on the traditional Malay settlement. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 3(9), 127-134. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v3i9.1544



Rural Environment / Rural Psychology