Settlement patterns and the utilization of rural services: a view from Malaysia

K. Rostam

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    This paper discusses several issues concerning the relationship between settlement pattern and the utilization of rural services. These include the structure of settlement in relation to rural service provision, availability and the pattern of use of these services and the socio-economic dimensions of rural service utilization. It is shown that there exists a wide gap in terms of functions between the top ranking settlements and the majority of the smaller settlements in Hilir Perak district. The primacy of Telok Intan is particularly evident in the absence of intermediate centres. Classified into four groups according to the centrality index, a functional hierarchy of central places emerges. The sole class I centre provides the most specialized rural services while class II centres offer a set of basic functions such as retail facilities, schools, health and other public services, and agricultural development agencies. Class III and IV centres contain much fewer services. Periodic markets and mobile service teams add to the variety of rural service provision in the study area and thus to increase significantly accessibility of the poor people to a number of basic services. The central place analysis provides a framework for explaining the structure of service availability in Hilir Perak. The pattern of service provision only provide a partial indication of the level of availability and accessibility of services to the population. More information, particularly on the patterns of service utilization, is required to obtain a fuller understanding of the issue. -from Author

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)73-84
    Number of pages12
    JournalMalaysian Journal of Tropical Geography
    Volume22
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1991

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    Settlement patterns and the utilization of rural services : a view from Malaysia. / Rostam, K.

    In: Malaysian Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 22, No. 1, 1991, p. 73-84.

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