Examining the Level of Unsatisfied Basic Needs Among Low-Income Women in Peninsular Malaysia
International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, No. 74, pp. 89-96, 2011
8 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2011 Last revised: 20 Oct 2011
Date Written: August 1, 2011
The objective of this study was to determine the current level of unsatisfied basic needs among poor and low-income women in Peninsular Malaysia. A cross-sectional design using stratified random sampling method was employed to examine client’s level of satisfaction with regard to education facilities, healthcare services, housing facilities, water supply, public transportation services, safety, work opportunities and daily living needs. Findings of this study revealed that poor and low income women are mostly satisfied with the basic need indicators. The study also revealed a significant association between quality of housing, quality of water supply, safety condition and daily living needs are associated with respondent’s location – urban and rural areas. Policy makers should focus on establishing a supportive regulatory environment to promote sustainable development of poverty focused organizations in order to foster socio-economic progress among the low income poor households in Peninsular Malaysia.
Keywords: poverty, unsatisfied basic needs, welfare, Malaysia
JEL Classification: I38, L31
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