Towards the Future of the Malay Community in Kelantan


  • Azli Abdullah Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistic, University Malaysia Kelantan, Malaysia
  • Julaihi Wahid Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment, University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Kadhim Fathel Khalil Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Univ. of Dohuk, Kurdistan
  • Bouzid Boudiaf Department of Architecture, College of Art and Design, Ajman University, UAE



Kota Bharu, Malay settlement, Malay identity, urbanization


The Malay settlement at Kota Bharu is at the brink of disappearance. This paper employed mixed method indulging into the subject of the study. The finding illustrates the withering of Malay community along with the cultural transformation generated by development. The extent of this paper also reveals the life, essence, hopes and aspirations of the Malays in the process of urbanization. It is posited that the process of urbanization also tested the survival of the Malays, and one day the existence of the Malays may be the object of "museumification" in their own country.

Keywords:  Kota Bharu; Malay settlement; Malay identity; urbanization

eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2022. 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 ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians/Africans/Arabians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.




How to Cite

Abdullah, A. ., Wahid, J., Khalil, K. F., & Boudiaf, B. (2022). Towards the Future of the Malay Community in Kelantan. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 7(19), 45-52.



Community Environment / Social Psychology