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Articles by Siti Zobidah Omar
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  Andaleep Sadi Ades and Siti Zobidah Omar
  Background and Objective: The emergence of online social interaction platforms has aided communication and interactions amongst people across the globe. Individuals are forming online friendships and relationships following the offline pattern without the need to physically meet the other party. However, it is noteworthy that the offline patterns on the formation of friendships and relationships vary amongst different communities, which is dependent on the perceptions towards the interactions across genders. Saudi Arabia is characterized with conservatism, with strained interactions between the males and females. This formed the basis of the study as it sought to examine the levels of intimacy in online social interactions amongst the Saudis. Methodology: To achieve the objective, the study integrated social penetration theory (SPT), social information processing (SIP) which is known as Onion theory and the planned behavior (TPB) theories to elucidate the factors that influence online social intimacy and the level of intimacy levels forthwith. The focus of the assessment was on the online identity presentation of users as portrayed by their online behavior and online communication factors and how the factors influence their levels of online social intimacy. The data used in the study was collected using questionnaires from 450 participants aged 18-50 years, who were Facebook users in Saudi Arabia from 18th May-20th August, 2017. The questionnaires used a five-point Likert scale. The study used the structural equation modelling (SEM) to examine the factors. Results: The findings of the model indicated that both behavior and communication factors have a significant positive influence on the online friendships and little influence on the online relationships. The attitude in the behavioral factors and textual in the communication factors were the greatest factors that influenced online friendship. Conclusion: Therefore, the study revealed the existence of both online friendships and relationships amongst the Saudi Arabians, but with only a small number of online relationships due to the Saudi’s conservative culture. Further, it contributed to the development of a more differentiated model in measuring the intimacy in online social interactions.
  Jusang Bolong , Siti Zobidah Omar , Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Musa Abu Hassan
  As been profited by other industries, the evolution on ICTs has raised its impacts on the fisheries industries. Realizing the impacts, there is abundance of international studies that try to seek the association between ICTs usage and fishermen income. Nonetheless, reverse situation is found in Malaysia where there are still few local studies that place their interest on such association and the main attempt of this study is to investigate the relationship and the contribution of ICT usage towards fishermen income in Malaysia. This is quantitative study where questionnaire was used to gather the required data. A total of 400 registered fishermen from four fisheries districts in Malaysia have been randomly selected as the respondents. Based on the analysis employed, it can be seen that usage of sonar, echo sounder and radar are related to the fishermen income. In addition, further analysis has confirmed that these three tools are contributing towards fishermen income. To encourage ICTs usage among fishermen, it is recommended that the fishermen should be provided with ICT seminars and courses, supports such as financial, accessibility and services. Apart from this, selected behavioral factors should be taken into consideration while implementing strategies with regard to fishermen ICT usage.
  Raidah Mazuki , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva , Musa Abu Hassan and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The focus of this study is to examine whether socio-economic factors (age, income per month, level of education, days spent at sea, fishermen category and experience as a fisherman) influence behavioral intention regarding the usage of mobile phones among fishermen in Pangkor Island. A total of 250 questionnaires were given to fishermen on the island. For the purposes of analyses, descriptive statistics such as frequency, percentage and mean were employed. Further analysis using independent t-test and Pearson product moment correlation were also performed to determine any significant differences and relationships arising. The results confirm that fishermen in Pangkor Island have favorable behavioral intentions towards mobile phone usage. Further analysis reveals that fishermen with different levels of education possess different behavioral intentions towards mobile phone usage. It can be noted that the factors of age and days spent at sea recorded significant and negative relationships with behavioral intention towards mobile phone usage. A number of discussions are conducted and these can be used by students, researchers and government officers for further studies within the field.
  Zeinab Zaremohzzabieh , Bahaman Abu Samah , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  This study used Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) design, in which 400 Malaysia fishermen from the four fishery districts namely Langkawi Island, Besut, Larut-Matang and Mersing were administered to explore the factors that influence their acceptance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) integration in Malaysia. The aim of this study was twofold: The primary purposes was to test the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) including performance expectancy (PE), effort expectancy (EE), social influence (SI) and facilitating conditions (FC) in the prediction of behavioral intention to use ICTs among Malaysia fishermen. Second, explore the moderating effects of age and experience linked between predictors and behavioral intention based on multi-group analysis. The findings of this study clearly show the model accounts for almost 25% of the variance in user intentions, with FC, PE and EE surfacing only as the key determinants for their behavioural intentions of ICT usage. In an additional analysis revealed that age significantly moderates purposed relationship between the overall UTAUT constructs and behavioral intention while the moderating effect of experience was only established in PE and EE. Finally, the result suggests support for the application of the model in studying the acceptance of ICT in fishing communities. The factors were found to be significant in this study should be taken into account in the implementation of ICT projects and another validation of the ICTs research model in similar research institutions in Malaysia is advised.
  Siti Zobidah Omar , Nizam Osman , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The main aim of this study is to identify the individual factors that might impinge young (aged between 15-40 years old) fishermen’s readiness to use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) at sea. The study was quantitative in nature and via a multi-stage simple-random sampling, a total of 240 young fishermen from four selected fishing districts have been selected as the respondents. In general, the young fishermen were moderately ready to use the GPS at sea. The inferential analyses performed have confirmed that the factors of education level and catchment area have recorded significant difference with readiness for GPS usage while factors of age and number of crew members have recorded a positive and significant relationship with readiness for GPS usage. A number of recommendations have been discussed and it is hoped that such recommendations will assist the relevant parties in developing strategies to enhance usage of fishing technologies among fishermen in Malaysia-particularly the younger ones.
  Raidah Mazuki , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  Rural library in Malaysia is purposively built to combat illiteracy and enhance knowledge possesion among the rural community which is important in order for them to cope with the demand of globalization. The source of the library information is expected to change the lifestyle of the local community. This conceptual study suggests the potential impingement factors for reading habits at the rural library in Malaysia. Based on the document analyses performed, various potential factors that impinge the reading habits at the rural library are identified namely place and the building, adequacy of tools and the librarian. A number of discussion have been placed and it is a hope, such discussion can assist to further cultivate reading habits among the community particularly among those who settle in the rural areas.
  Hamizah Sahharon , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril and Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva
  The main attempt of this study is to identify the potential benefits of Malaysia Wireless Village programme to rural communities in Malaysia. This is a conceptual study in which reviews of the literature and document analyses have been performed to reveal the potential benefits offered by the Wireless Village programme. A total of six potential benefits have been identified and discussed by the authors. It is hoped that such discussions will assist concerned parties in constructing concrete strategies for improving ICT usage among rural communities in Malaysia.
  Jusang Bolong , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The main attempt of this study is to identify the social influence among the youth that might impinge them to go and use the rural library services offered at their areas. This was a quantitative study where a developed questionnaire was used in the data collection process. The study was conducted at Johor, Terengganu, Kedah and Perak and involves a total of 400 rural youth aged between 15-40 years old. The analysis performed that all of the social sources listed recorded a high level of mean score whereby good communication with rural library staffs recorded the highest mean score while encouragement from village leaders recorded the lowest mean score. A number of recommendations were placed and hoped that such recommendations can assist the concerned parties in constructing strategic planning for rural library development.
  Siti Aisyah Ramli , Bahaman Abu Samah , Md. Salleh Hassan , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffri
  Information Communication Technology (ICT) offers an abundance of benefits to users, particularly in relation to socio-economic aspects. Agro-based entrepreneurs are one group of users that has experienced such benefits. Additionally, young agro-based entrepreneurs are able to access more opportunities due to their superior ICT knowledge and compatibility. The present study aims to identify the potential benefits of ICT usage for youth agro-based entrepreneurs. Through document analyses, it can be concluded that the benefits offered from ICT to youth agro-based entrepreneurs include improving operational efficiency, increasing income, strengthening marketing aspects and creating new opportunities. With all of these potential benefits in place, it is hoped that consistent involvement from youths in the agriculture industries can be ensured.
  Abdul Razaque Chhachhar , Siti Zobidah Omar and Badaruddin Soomro
  Pakistan is an agricultural country and agriculture has remained the mainstay of the Pakistan economy as it provides employment to 45% of the population. In addition, it has continuously provides input for the agro based industry. Agriculture income has created demand for industrial products. Agriculture provides the main impetus to economic growth by creating additional demand of goods and services. Nonetheless, agriculture sector in Pakistan is lacking in term of information technology usage. Such situation has resulted a need for developing agro based information technology facilities for farmers to augment their agriculture productivity. The main objective of this study was to analyse the perceptions on the role of television in dissemination of agricultural related information among farmers in Sindh, Pakistan. Quantitative approach by means of survey questionnaire was adopted to generate the primary data of the study where a total of 300 farmers from the District Jamshoro, Sindh province in Pakistan were selected as the main respondents of the study. The study indicates that only small number of respondent preferred to watch agriculture related program on television and more than half of them understand that television is not the main source of agriculture information dissemination among farmers. A large majority of the respondent said that television is not providing such kind of programs which can increase their income. Findings of the study further shown that a large majority of the respondents have their own television set.
  Siti Aisyah Bt Ramli , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrance D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The main aim of this study is to discover the behavioral intentions of Malaysian fishermen towards ICT usage in their fishing operations. This is a quantitative study in which data was collected from a total of 400 respondents from four fisheries districts in Malaysia. The results demonstrate that fishermen in Malaysia have a positive behavioral intention towards ICT usage based on the moderate mean score recorded by all seven statements used. The suggestions made are expected to provide ideas to stakeholders regarding planning effective strategies by which to embolden more fishermen to use ICT in their fishing routines.
  Siti Aisyah Ramli , Siti Zobidah Omar , Bahaman Abu Samah , Jusang Bolong , Md. Salleh Hassan and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The aim of this study is to identify the impingement factors of perceived usefulness towards ICT usage among rural youth in Malaysia. This is a quantitative research whereby via a simple random sampling, a total of 400 respondents age between 17-40 years were selected. The analysis performed has confirmed that only educational achievement has significant results with perceived usefulness while the other factors such as occupation, states, gender, income and number of household members did not record any significant relationship or difference. With the identified impingement factors, it is a hope that it can assist the concern parties in assisting the development of rural youth particularly with regard to their ICT usage.
  Siti Zobidah Omar , Nizam Osman , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The main attempt of this study is to investigate the problems associated with the use by young fishermen in Malaysia of the Global Positioning System (GPS). This study is quantitative in nature and involved a total of 240 respondents who were young fishermen aged between 15 and 40 years. Individuals financial capacity to buy GPS was the main problem detected while the respondents also raised their concerns about a lack of GPS training programs, courses, seminars and promotional initiatives to further encourage the use of GPS within their fishing operations. The main recommendation made was to provide a technology subsidy to those who show an interest in buying GPS while additional funding should be allocated by the relevant parties to hold any programs, seminars, courses or promotional initiatives that can further encourage young fishermen in Malaysia to use advanced technology in their fishing operations.
  Zaim Fahmi Mohamed Yusof , Nurani Kamaruddin , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The main purpose of this study is to determine Malaysian coastal communities gratification towards weather information via television. The study was a quantitative study where a developed instrument was used as the main data collection tool. Through, multi-stage simple random sampling, a total of 210 coastal villagers from 3 coastal areas in Malaysia were selected as the respondents. The findings demonstrate that there was a gap between the weather information received and the weather information needed by the respondents, as well as a gap between the weather information received and the weather information believed. A number of discussions are highlighted in this study in the hope that they can assist the appropriate parties in generating the best strategy for information sharing and dissemination processes among the coastal communities.
  Zeinab Zaremohzzabieh , Bahaman Abu Samah , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong and Hayrol Azril Mohamad Shaffril
  In the recent past, the role of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) in promoting socio-economic development and sustainable livelihoods has become the subject of heated debate. Nevertheless, an insufficient number of studies have systematically reviewed the growing influence of ICTs. In the present study, a systematic review is conducted to evaluate and examine qualitative studies that have explored the role of ICTs in contributing to sustainable livelihoods. Researchers performed a systematic literature review of studies written in English and published between January, 2007 and April, 2014. Inclusion and exclusion principles were employed to identify studies of any qualitative design that examined the concept of sustainable livelihoods through the lens of accumulation of assets in order to evaluate the purposes for which ICTs are utilized and also to review the impact that ICTs have had on various aspects of life. Researchers screened and retrieved all titles and abstracts and potentially relevant studies to establish whether the study met the inclusion criteria, yielding a total of 15 primary studies. Researchers then extracted the precise findings of studies that were relevant to the review through ATLAS.ti7 software in order to allow us to code the key themes, sub-themes and inter-relationships. The results of the review reveal that ICTs have certain influences on sustainable livelihoods and that this influence applies to human, social, financial, physical and natural assets. This review has the potential to address managerial problems by creating a reliable knowledge base that accumulates findings from the selected studies and highlights opportunities for further research.
  Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  This study attempts to determine the patterns of Wireless Village Internet services among rural communities in Malaysia. This quantitative study used a developed questionnaire as the main data-collection instrument. A total of 400 villagers from the four districts in Malaysia were selected as the respondents. The analysis reveals that most of the respondents are new users of the service; however, most of them are considered heavy users. Understandably, the respondents use wireless village services for three main purposes, namely web surfing, seeking the latest information (politics, crime, sports, current issues) and social media. A number of discussion points are highlighted and it is hoped that this will act as a basis for strategy development among concerned parties so as to further enhance the quality of wireless village services.
  Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva , Samsul Farid Shamsuddin , Raidah Mazuki and Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril
  The present study aims to identify the quality of the rural library service in Malaysia. The study is qualitative in nature whereby the data were gathered via three focus group discussions. In general, the data reflect that the majority of rural library services are delivered to the rural community to a high quality. Nevertheless, there are some issues such as a lack of updated educational materials, internet connection and signage as well as lack of interests among young users that need to be taken into consideration. A number of discussions have been highlighted which it is hoped will assist those concerned in constructing strategies to further enhance the quality and effectiveness of Malaysia’s rural library services.
  Samsul Farid Samsuddin , Siti Zobidah Omar , Jusang Bolong , Jeffrey Lawrence D`Silva , Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril and Raidah Marzuki
  This study aims to identify the pattern of rural library usage among rural youth in Malaysia. Data for the study were collected via questionnaires and based on a multi-stage cluster sampling, a total of 400 villagers from four districts in Malaysia was selected as the respondents. The analysis performed confirms that the majority of rural library visitors were mainly students and housewives and it was discovered that the internet services offered by the rural libraries were fully utilised by rural youth. Based on the results, it was be concluded that the rural library remains relevant to the rural communities for local development and could ensue as a centre for lifelong learning. It was the researcher’s hope that this study could assist the concerned parties in their decision making whether to upgrade or maintain the rural libraries for the purpose of future community development and continue to contribute to the the local communities.
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