The Attitude of Officials Towards Compliance with Emergency and Housing Policies in Malaysia

Phil O'Keefe

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Abstract

The failures in regulation and compliance were identified as the key vulnerability and disaster causes in Malaysia. The beneficiaries were actually unaware of non-compliance that exposed them to hazard. Policy in emergency management exists as the important core of disaster regulation in Malaysia. However, the implementation is not according to plan and regulatory compliance was low. A research been done to highlight shortfalls in provision, training and awareness, and to recommend ways of improvement. Gathered actors’ perspectives in the implementation of regulatory compliance in all level of emergency management system in Malaysia helps to explain the reason of regulatory compliance failures. Measuring their attitudes towards regulatory compliance reveals actual commitment because the implementation will probably involve making changes to existing barriers and on how actors’ perceive and judge the benefit of it. The research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods together which involved 484 respondents. They have broadly negative general attitudes towards regulatory compliance, arguing that currently too many barriers are present in department levels to make regulatory compliance implementation straightforward. They need informative advice and guidance to enable them to see the very probable societal benefits that can lead towards regulatory compliance development. The research concludes by categorising obstacles that need to be overcome, to encourage actors to accept regulatory compliance and recommends changes to department structures, systems and practices prior to regulatory compliance implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4810-4814
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume4
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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