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PLoS One. 2016 Mar 14;11(3):e0150741. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150741. eCollection 2016.

Quality of Life in Rural Communities: Residents Living Near to Tembeling, Pahang and Muar Rivers, Malaysia.

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Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor Malaysia.
Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.
Department of Social and Development Science, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia.


The main aim of this study is to identify the quality of life (QoL) among communities residing near the Tembeling, Pahang and Muar Rivers in Malaysia. This quantitative study used a constructed questionnaire as main tool to collect data on the QoL of river communities. A total of 240 villagers were selected as respondents. The results indicated that the dimensions of settlement, safety, involvement and social relationships, as well as education scored highest, while dimensions of physical environment, financial and job security yielded moderate scores. Dimensions of infrastructure facilities yielded a low mean score. Recommendations are provided, in the hope that our results may be useful for strategies that could enhance QoL of these river communities.

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