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Geography of the Poor: case Study of a District in Sarawak, East Malaysia

Sharifah Mariam Alhabshi
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This study emphasizes on two important points: first, area markedly differentiated by socio-economic levels and development exposure cannot be reached through standardized development policy. Second, poverty issuers are intermixed and intertwined among cultural and between social and political differences. And, because of this complex differences, the interpretation and the subsequent implementation of poverty policies tended to be vague and marginalizing, Kuching District, the most rapidly urbanizing area in Sarawak is selected as the case area. This study finds, despite dynamic growth, the image of past history, that is villages distinctly separated by ethnic and economic differences have remained relatively intact. Sadly, in retaining the old living approach many are incrementally leftout on current opportunities. To join the already competitive economy and society proved to be very difficult for these villagers, especially when most of them have no skill and education. The dilemma facing policy-makers is that they cannot stop development while waiting for these backward villagers to make adjustment. While many villagers could not make adjustment fast enough to meet current living requirements. The gap is widening and policy-makers are still contemplating.

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Sharifah Mariam Alhabshi , 2002. Geography of the Poor: case Study of a District in Sarawak, East Malaysia. Journal of Applied Sciences, 2: 853-864.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2002.853.864


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