Social dimensions of industrialization in Malaysia

A. Kassim

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The growth of the manufacturing industries has led to a massive internal population movement into the urban areas, thus depopulating the countryside, changing its economic structure, and leaving the agricultural sector with labour shortages, inducing the inflow of foreign workers. In the towns and cities where industries are located, the population expanded at an unprecedented rate. The increase, which was not matched by an equivalent increase in jobs, has depressed wages, especially in the manufacturing industries, thus creating the right environment for labour exploitation, increase in female participation in wage labour, and the expansion of informal sector activities. The population increase was not matched by an equivalent increase in basic urban amenities, especially affordable urban housing. In addition to these problems, stiff economic competition among the urban populace has induced many to further cultivate and politicize ethnic consciousness for economic ends. There is a comment by K.S.Jomo on pp 65-66. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-66
Number of pages22
JournalRegional Development Dialogue
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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industrialization
Malaysia
labor
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foreign worker
wage labor
informal sector
industry
agricultural sector
economic structure
manufacturing
population development
shortage
consciousness
economics
urban housing
exploitation
affordable housing
migrant worker

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  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Social dimensions of industrialization in Malaysia. / Kassim, A.

In: Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 12, No. 1, 1991, p. 45-66.

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Kassim, A. / Social dimensions of industrialization in Malaysia. In: Regional Development Dialogue. 1991 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 45-66.
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