The Accessability Level of Urban Village Inhabitants in the Northern Region of Malaysia

Mohamad Samsurijan, Azahan Awang, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor Bangi, Kadir Malaysia, Arifin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor Bangi, Kadarudin Malaysia, Aiyub, Malaysia Hussain
2015 unpublished
Transport infrastructure facilities in urban areas in Malaysia, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated, modernised, systematic and user-friendly, have enhanced the accessibility level of urban village (UV) inhabitants. This study argues that an effective accessibility level for UV inhabitants is created by the choice of transportation, time taken to walk to the place of work and the accessible distance to local council facilities. The main aim of this study is to elucidate on an
more » ... date on an effective level of accessibility for the UV population by applying the quantitative approach. 509 heads of households among the UV population were selected as respondents. The study found that overall the respondent's accessibility level was high. It also found that the evaluation of respondents in Kangar, Alor Setar and George Town regarding the distance did defer and was determined by factors such as the pace of town development, the area of the town, time taken to arrive at a destination and convenience of road infrastructure in the town. In addition, a majority of the respondents were comfortable using their own vehicles. The level of accessibility to the respondent's workplace was good, which was less than 20 minutes. There were several local council facilitates that had low levels of accessibility (far distances) such as government hospitals, postal and banking facilities, recreational parks, police beat stations, fire stations and wholesale markets. However, the inhabitants did not consider this low level of accessibility as the main hindrance that jeopardises their quality of accessibility. Transportation infrastructure around the town was found to be essential in assuring the quality of life and wellbeing of the UV population.