Crime, urban flight and societal wellbeing: A case of Malaysia


Hew, William Wee Lim and Low, Boon Yee and Goh, Gerald Guan Gan and Lau, Siok Hwa (2020) Crime, urban flight and societal wellbeing: A case of Malaysia. Journal of Environmental Treatment Techniques, 8 (1). pp. 35-40. ISSN 2309-1185

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Today, the exploding population, rising costs of living, and limited living spaces have led to various social problems for urban residents. World governments have been gradually moving towards promotion of urban wellbeing where urban centres must be ecosystems that promote societal health and wellbeing as well as conducive for improving its residents' quality of life (21). Malaysia is of no exception; despite the various initiatives by the Government, recent years have seen an increase in residential crime and this has adverse impacts on urban wellbeing. This paper discusses how crime affects urban wellbeing and how the problem may be contained. Semi-structured interviews conducted with residents in crime-prone areas in Malaysia have found that growing criminal activity might lead to urban flight or depopulation of residential estates. This runs counter to urban wellbeing as it increases the stress levels of families by destabilising them. The interview also revealed that these problems may be curbed by increasing the safety through various spatial management practices as well as knowledge sharing and participation by residents in community events. This study provides recommendations to federal and local authorities in spatial policies as well as for housing developers in designing future housing projects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: well-being, crime, urban flight, urban wellbeing, society
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Faculty of Business (FOB)
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2020 06:28
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2020 06:28


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