KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 2019 : Malaysians living in rural areas are happier than those living in the cities, according to a study conducted by the Malaysian Urban Rural National Indicators Network on Sustainable Development (MURNInets).
The study, conducted last year, found that 72 out of the 101 local authorities involved in the survey had scored the happy level and 40 of the 72 local authorities were in the district council category.
The remaining number of authorities that scored the happy level in the study was 32, in which 26 were in the municipal council category and only six in the city council category.
The study involved 31,733 respondents from 11 states in peninsular Malaysia. The aspects taken into account were relationship with family, neighbourhood and environmental atmosphere, the interaction between people, the safety of the population, the level of health facilities and the level of local authority services in their area.
The findings showed that the 10 most happy local authorities were the Kuala Terengganu City Council in Terengganu, Petaling Jaya City Council (Selangor), Manjung Municipal Council (Perak), Batu Gajah District Council (Perak), Bentong Municipal Council (Pahang) , Jasin Municipal Council (Melaka), Jeli District Council (Kelantan), Segamat Municipal Council (Johor), Padang Terap District Council (Kedah) and Bandar Baharu District Council (Kedah).
The study also found that 81.5 per cent of its respondents were happy.
MURNInets, initiated by the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning, is a tool to measure and evaluate the sustainability level of a local authority’s area through a set of predetermined indicators. – Bernama