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  1. Ibrahim H, Jarimal N
    This paper is based on literature review on the legal, political and social context of Malaysia regarding child welfare and social work. Children are an asset and younger generations will become the leaders of the country in future. In the Malaysian context, a variety of factors impact on how children are defined. These include the Islamic perspective, local cultural practices, approaches based on biological growth and relevant legislation. Such varying definitions can cause confusion in the application of law and could result in injustice. When talking regarding the social problems concerning children in Malaysia, there include abuse, neglect, abandonment of babies, street children, children beyond parental control, children involved with crime, underage marriage, prostitution and child trafficking.However, the shortage of professional social workers who can effectively manage abuse and child neglect cases is a serious problem.
  2. Muhd Dhamir Audi Azizul, Azlina Mohd Khir, Wan Munira Wan Jaafar
    Relapse is a common phenomenon among former addicts who has undergone a preventive and rehabilitation treatment program. Relaps is a condition of using drugs more than one times after stopping them for a certain period of time depending on one's resistance to a drug withdrawal syndrome. There are various factors that affect the former drug addicts became relaps. Hence, the focus of this study is to explain the external factors of relaps among adult male drug addicts in Cure and Care Service Centre, Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. This study is a qualitative research that has been using a phenomenology approach using face-to-face interviews and further observation among eight drug addicts who are undergoing rehabilitation programs at CCSC Kuala Pilah. Sample selection was done through purposive sampling techniques and data were analyzed using thematic analysis through an inductive approach that focused on coding to obtain some key themes. The result of the study indicates the external factors such as family, peer and environmental factors play a great role in influencing of relapse. In conclusion, these identified factors illustrate the external influences that cause drug addicts to relapse. Therefore, the researcher proposes a post-rehabilitation module or program done by the responsible agencies after the addicts completed the rehabilitation program as guidance for them to the right direction for efficient recovery.
  3. Patonah Zakaria, Amna Md. Noor, Azlina Mohd Khir
    The main purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between self-concept, family
    relationship quality and externalizing behavior problem (aggressive behavior and delinquency
    behavior) among adolescents in Selangor. Besides that, this study also to determine the level of selfconcept,
    family relationship quality and externalizing behavior among secondary school students as
    well as to compare the differences between these three variables according to sex. A total of 400
    students (nmale =53%, nfemale=47%) from secondary schools were selected in this study. The multi-stage
    cluster sampling technique was used during sample selection. Data were obtained from selfadministered
    questionnaire that are consist of Individual Protective Factors Index Questionnaire
    (1992), Family Relationship Characteristics (1997), Aggression Scale (2001) and Problem Behavior
    Frequency Scale (1977). The findings revealed that majority of students have moderate level of selfconcept,
    family relationship quality as well as externalizing behavior. In terms of sex differences, the
    results showed that family belief, family structure and externalizing behavior have significant
    differences according to sex (t= -4.393 to 7.588, p
  4. Aswadi Mohamad, Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah
    This article focuses in structure of language within the village society in Manik Urai Kelantan during
    the flood situation. The research was specifically to identify the structure of Speech Act use by the rural
    community to give information about flood. Besides, this research observes the application of
    linguistics methodology during flood situation using Speech Act Theory which is the categorization of
    Speech Act by Searle (1969). This theory was choose for the ability to detail linguistic's differences
    based on the structure of Speech Act categories such as representatives, directives, commissives,
    expresives and declaratives. For the purpose of the research, a video about flood situation was choose
    and transcribe to observe the the structure of speech act within the village society in the flood situation.
    The result of the research shows all Speech Act have their structure. The beneficial of this research is as
    a guideline and reference for the readers and language researchers especially those who were active
    participant of volunteer field.
  5. Ricky Yakub Ganang, Wong, Jane Kon Ling, Ganesan, Kavitha
    Buayehor crocodile plays a very important role in the life of the Lundayeh society. Their belief in buayeh,which is a ferocious river reptile, has been with them since their existence for hundreds of years. During the headhunting period the animal symbolised an enemy that was defeated. On the other hand the crocodile also symbolises strength, heroism, fame andwealth. For instance, among the Lundayeh people, strength is when a person succeeds in chopping and bringing an enemy’s head after a war or headhunting expedition and is highly regarded as a hero and a grand celebration is held to welcome him. The whole community would participate in building a crocodile image made of earth where they would perform the fekuab,a heroic song which was led by a woman, followed by the warrior’s relatives and followers. The warrior and the hero of the day would then boast and recite a self-proclamation about his fame by cutting the effigy with a sword felefetwith all his might. In the case of wealth, only a man who succeeded in farming was able to build a huge Ulung Buayehor crocodile mound in the heath forest. In this paper therefore I will examine the manifestation of the quality of life for the Lundayeh people as elements of strength, heroism, fame and wealth which are represented in the oral literature through the image of buayeh.
  6. Mohamad Izzuan Mohd Ishar, Mohd Khata Jabor
    Entrepreneurship showed an increase in the popularity of business education, engineering education,
    universities and educational institutions. All students who engage in entrepreneurial education has the
    potential to develop their entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. However, the majority of
    entrepreneurial education program focused on the exploitation of existing opportunities and assume
    that these opportunities have been identified. Research on entrepreneurship also shows that efficiency
    is often ignored or receive little attention while teaching entrepreneurship. This article was developed
    to assist in improving the understanding of the concept of learning which supports entrepreneurship
    and the development of entrepreneurial competence.
  7. Moga Dass T, Sabri MF
    The main purpose of this study is to understand the financial status of urban poor community in Kuala Lumpur and factors affecting their personal well-being. The sampling size of this research is 1,064 respondents chosen by using systematic sampling method. The data was obtained by using selfadministered questionnaires and the data being analysed by descriptive analysis meanwhile and multi regression analysis. The results shows that the urban poor community in Kuala Lumpur are having a moderate level of financial literacy possess a less effective financial behaviour, experiencing a high financial strain and adapting a moderate level of personal well-being. Besides that, the results also indicates that the financial literacy has no influence on personal well-being of the urban poor community, meanwhile financial behaviour has a positive influence and financial strain has a negative influence on the personal well-being of the urban poor community. The findings of the study suggest the government and non-government organisation such as Economic Planning Unit ((EPU), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (KLCH or DBKL), Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM), Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency (CCDM or AKPK), Federation of Consumer Association (FOMCA) to make an inclusive effort and approach to improve the personal well-being of the urban poor. By understanding more about the financial status of the urban poor community, it is hoped to help them to become financial prudence and in the long-run could lead them into a good decision making while facing conflicts in financial issues and maintain a good quality of life. It is important to ensure the urban poor consumers have better financial management skills which lead them to make the right decision in order to enhance their personal well-being.
  8. Azahar Che Latiff, Mohd Dahlan A. Malek, Wan Anor Wan Sulaiman, Puteri Hayati Megat Ahmed
    The purpose of this study is to identify the effectiveness of integrative therapy treatment towards
    depression and aggression among prison inmates. Integrative therapy in this study refers to treatment
    module which are consisted of four integrated theories in a counselling process. It involved the
    combined therapy of Person Client Centred (PCC), Rational Emotions Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
    and Choice Theory Reality Therapy (CTRT) as technical treatment. Meanwhile, Stimulus Organism
    Response (SOR) act as educational principle or training. Integrative therapy is conducted on the
    respondents for six session of group counselling. This study is a quasi-experiment involving 160 depressed prison inmates (80 treatment; 80 control) and 140 aggressive inmates (70 treatment; 70
    control) from five prison institutions as the respondent for this study using purposive sampling.
    Inmates are identified as respondents using high cutting point of depression using Beck Depression
    Inventory (BDI) and high aggression using Aggressive Questionnaires (AQ). For the data analysis, nonparametric
    test such as Mann-Whitney Test and Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test were used based on the
    normality test using Kolmogorov-Smirnov and Shapiro-Wilk test. Result from the Mann-Whitney Test
    shows that the treatment group had higher declining rate as compared to the controlled group for
    depression and aggression. Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test also shows the same result as the treatment
    group indicates a decline in rate from the pre and post of the treatment compared to the controlled
    group. The results of this study are hope to act as the medium for using integrative model which is
    rarely use in studies in this country especially in the field of treatment for prison inmates. It is also
    expected that it can be applied in different setting which offer treatment service such as hospitals,
    social work institution, police institute, schools, higher learning institutions and others.
  9. Mohamad Noor Firdaus Sahul Hameed
    At present, social protection system is a requirement for those involved in all sectors of employment
    such as pensions to Government employees and Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to private sector
    workers. The primary basis of the system is to provide protection to address poverty, financial
    assistance and future guarantees. However, no structured social protection system was introduced to
    the informal sectors workers in Malaysia such as farmers and others. The purpose of this study is to
    examine the level of knowledge and acceptance of social protection systems among farmers in the
    Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA). This study involved 573 respondents covering 4
    regions within the MADA area. In conclusion, this study will examine the level of knowledge and
    acceptance of farmers on social protection systems in their communities.
  10. Nazrolnizah Mohamad Noorzeli, Muhammad Nubli Abdul Wahab
    The ability to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of small entrepreneurs is the key factor to the increase
    in business. Nevertheless, previous literature showed that there is less current study which focused on
    the methods to improve entrepreneurial skills using Biofeedback techniques among entrepreneurs in
    Malaysia. Thus, this study was aimed to: 1) Identifying the demographic background of small
    entrepreneurs, 2) Identify management capabilities among entrepreneurs in entrepreneurial skills and 3) Identify the profile of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) among small entrepreneurs through increased the
    HF coherence. A total of 50 respondents of small entrepreneurs were recruited in this study. The data
    collected involved a questionnaire survey with participants, profit and sales analysis and analysis of
    HRV. Statistical correlation analysis was used to examine the relationship between entrepreneurial
    skills and business insights from the point of HRV. The finding shows that there is a very strong
    relationship between the increases in entrepreneurial skills from an increase in business with the profile
    of HRV among participants with the score of 0.80-1.00. This showed that HRV Biofeedback training
    technique is appropriate to be used as an intervention program to increse entrepreneurship skills among
    small entrepreneurs in Malaysia.
  11. Askiah Jamaluddin, Laily Paim, Ma'rof Redzuan, Husniyah Abd. Rahim
    The purpose of this paper is to identify the key domains of entrepreneurial behaviour among business
    owner in food processing industry. The study utilized a deductive research design and quantitative
    method. There are twenty-one statements about entrepreneurial behaviour to discover a core action
    associated with entrepreneurial behaviour. An entrepreneurial behaviour is defined as small family
    business strategic behaviour that captures specific entrepreneurial aspects (Walker and Brown, 2004).
    In additions, it is the actions taken by the small business owner to achieve business performance
    (Delmar, 1996). According to Kirkley (2015), entrepreneurial behaviour as self determined human
    action is based on a specific set of values which the individual uses to make decisions about how to
    behave in situations that a meaningful to their business. The questionnaires focused primarily on the
    meaning of entrepreneurial behaviour as self-determination to be succeed in business. There were 70
    respondents were selected by simple random sampling. The data were analysed by Exploratory Factor
    Analysis (EFA) and categorised into relevant domains. The result shows four specific domains of
    entrepreneurial behaviour business owner in food processing industry, namely, leadership, proactiveness,
    committed and risk taking. The finding items to each of these domains are consistent with
    the small family business perspective. The practical implication is the presence of the specific core
    action associated with entrepreneurial behaviour. The business owner should employ the four core
    action to sustain the business. The result of this study is importance to academician in small business
    area, business advisor from government and non government sectors, and small family business owner.
  12. Nur Asiyah Che Saari, Wan Munira Jaafar, Nobaya Ahmad
    The present research sought to examine the teamwork performance among AIM microcredit
    participants based on Tuckman (1965) model. Hence, the author elaborates the level of teamwork
    process such as forming, norming, storming and performing in a group among AIM participant in
    Daerah Hulu Langat. The AIM is replication of the Grameen Bank approach in Malaysia and the
    teamwork concept was apply which is the scheme must be apply in a group and not in individual. Selfadministrative
    questionnaire was applied to conduct a data collection and a sample of 160 respondents
    among participant from Sungai Gabai, Sungai Ramal, Sungai Chua, Sungai Tangkas, Bukit Mewah,
    Semenyih and Sungai Jelok in Kajang were chosen based on stratified and simple random sampling
    techniques to complete the survey. Researcher suggests the finding indicate that the high level stage in
    teamwork process is forming, storming and performing stage. Only norming stage was in moderate
    level. Consequently, high and positive teamwork resulted efficiencies in the microfinance group.
    Teamwork with the right process can achieved positive outcome among AIM microcredit participants.
  13. Cheam, Chai Li, Nurul Amanina Othman, Faten Noor Saadah Ahmad Khir Johari
    The aim of this paper is to determine tourists’ perceptions on spiritual experience, brand image,
    cultural attributes and service quality they experienced in Kota Bharu, the capital and administration
    centre of Kelantan, Malaysia. Kota Bharu was declared an Islamic City in 2005. It has many mosques,
    various museums, unique architectural old buildings and palaces. As the number of tourist arrivals to
    Kelantan is encouraging and contributing to the state income; it is important to examine what these
    tourists perceive during their stays in Kota Bharu Islamic City. Variance Based Structural Equation
    Modelling technique of Partial Least Square (PLS) was employed. The findings show that all the
    variables are significantly influencing tourists’ perception except for service quality. In other words,
    tourists’ perceptions of Kota Bharu are positively related to spirituality, brand destination and cultural
    attributes. Tourists’ perceptions play a crucial role as this will affect the future tourist arrivals in the
    state. Thus, the findings of the study will be useful in helping policy planners to understand how
    tourists perceived Kota Bharu and design policies to increase tourism receipts and to preserve tourism
  14. Ab Aziz Yusof, Mutiara Dwi Sari
    People are the main source in determining the glory of any country or organization. Therefore people
    are the most precious capital of a country or organization and referred to as human capital. In any
    organization, manager plays important role among available human capital. Manager actions will shape
    the management of the organization and will lead the organization to achieve its goals. For Islamic
    organization, implementation of Human Capital Development (PMI) based on a Western perspective, will considered as a less appropriate approach. This paper aims to develop a conceptual model of PMI
    from an Islamic perspective. Furthermore, this paper aims to provide useful insights for managers or
    policy makers in understanding how to do Islamization in their organization and what needs to be done
    to ensure successful process of Islamization. This study will fill the gap of knowledge on PMI based
    Islamic perspective which consider quite limited. Qualitative method using existing available literature
    through content analysis was used in this study. The study showed that PMI based Islamic perspective
    should be encompass by both physical and spiritual (mind and emotions) aspects. The development of
    both aspects will able to generate taqwa human capital which characterized by amar ma’ruf nahi
    mungkar, has a clear mission, tawazun, sakinah, moral dignity and mutual cooperation. As conclusion,
    PMI based Islamic perspective will have implications for the training conducted in organizations which
    should not only focus on the physical aspect, but also need to focus on the spiritual aspect.
  15. Md Jais Ismail
    This study is designed in qualitative form which focuses on musical coordination skill that is sing and
    clapping rhythm simultaneously in meter . The researcher used one of music teaching method which
    is Dalcroze Approach as an intervention in this study. Dalcroze Approach is a method which relates
    musical concepts with movement. Research sample is among Year 4 students aged 10 years old from
    different sex and race. Data have been collected through observation and interview. A comprehension
    exam is conducted as a supplementary data collection. Findings show the students have achieved good
    result in music coordination skill after the implementation of the Dalcroze Approach. Observation
    revealed that all the students have increase their coordination skill in singing and clapping the rhythm simultaneously. Interview which is conducted on students found 60 percent of them are very confident
    to do the skill as well. The result of comprehension exam shows 73 percent of students score A which
    can be described as excellent. Researcher wish to have further study in developing the music
    coordination skill by improving the intervention of the study.
  16. Mohamed Khairi Termizi, Mazlan Ismail
    Various claims have been made about the extinction of Malay Reservation Land in the country. Before
    independence, the land depreciation was due to the acquisition of land by the British colonial
    government for mining, opening of new villages during the communist threat and the mortgage and
    sale activities by the Malay landowners to non-Malays. After independence, land depreciation linked
    with the acquisition of land by the government through the Land Acquisition Act, 1960. This study is a
    content analysis study involving material derived from the secondary source text and earlier research
    findings. Emphasis is given to analyze the statistical size of Malay Reservation Land in the country.
    Results show that the allegations regarding the depreciation trend of the Malay Reservation Land is
    inaccurate and misleading. While the analysis of the size of the Malay Reservation Land found that the
    actual percentage of Malay Reservation Land in 2009 was 30.13 percent instead of 11.83 percent as
    claimed. The percentage grew steadily in 2013 to 31.85 percent. The analysis also found that there was
    confusion about the actual size of Malay Reservation Land in the country.
  17. Jarisah Gondikit @ Theresa
    The purpose of the study was to evaluate the Post PT3 Program in a sub-urban secondary school
    located in the district of Tuaran, Sabah. The program aims to encourage all the form three students’
    attendance after they have taken the PT3 examination by occupying them with activities that would
    enhance their learning ability outside the classroom. This study used Stake’s Countenance evaluation
    model. The data were collected using observation, informal-interview and documentation techniques.
    The conclusion was: (1) Intended antecedents congruent to the actual antecedents, minor issues in both
    intended transaction/outcomes and actual transaction/ outcomes. (2) Post PT3 program worth to be
    sustained with support from the administration and teachers (3) Evaluator’s major concerns are lack of
    teachers’ participation and commitment in the implementation of the program.
  18. Md Jais Ismail, Loo, Fung Chiat
    Previous studies shows that to do two musical skills simultaneosly is not easy. This is more difficult
    when it been taught to children. However, the Dalcroze Eurhythmics Approach is believed can ease the
    children to coordinate the musical skills to present a good musical performance. This is a pilot study
    involving sample of 31 children from a primary school in Putrajaya divided into 19 boys and 12 girls.
    Respondents’ achievement were analysed after 12 sessions of intervention for three months. Result
    shows the mean score of the coordination singing and playing kompang is 61.7 with standard division
    12.47. There are 3 students scored Grade A, 10 scored Grade B, 13 scored Grade C, 4 scored Grade D
    and one student failed with Grade E. Because 30 students have passed the test, the reasearcher come up with the solution that the Dalcroze Eurhythmics Approach is relevant to be taught to increase children
    coordination skill which is sing and play percussion simultaneously.
  19. Ali Garba Kolo, Wan Munira Wan Jaafar, Nobaya Ahmad
    This paper examined the influence of psychosocial factors on student’s academic performance. Selfadministered
    questionnaire was applied as the method of data collection and a sample of 339 students’
    from five faculties/schools in Potiskum College were chosen based on stratified and simple random
    sampling techniques to complete the survey. After analyzing the data collected, Person’s correlation
    coefficient reflected that, there was a positive and significant correlation between the all four variables:
    students’ attitudes towards lecturers, academic self-efficacy, students’-lecturers’ interaction and
    academic performance. Moreover, multiple regression analysis by using stepwise method was
    conducted to estimate the prediction power of the independent variables on the dependent variable. The
    finding indicated that only attitude and interaction could significantly predict students’ academic
    performance by R2=65.6%. Meaning academic self-efficacy failed to predict academic performance in
    present study. To conclude in this study, attitude and interaction are important factors in influencing
    students’ academic performance positively in Potiskum College of education, Nigeria.
  20. Kwok, Chin Hoe, Lyndon, Novel, Haris Abd Wahab
    The participation of the local community in the decision-making activity has its own significant role in
    determining that every decision made, centralizes on the needs of the local community. Such an
    involvement is admittedly crucial in ensuring that every program held is “blessed” by the local
    community and wins their support and cooperation in rendering success to the program. In relation to
    this, this article aims at recognizing the participation of the Iban community in the decision-making
    activities with regards to the poverty eradication programs (or People’s Welfare Development Scheme)
    implemented in the district of Song, Sarawak. To meet this objective, the survey method has been
    adopted to obtain the information important for the study. The questionnaire forms were distributed to
    260 Iban community’s Heads of Household at the longhouse. The data obtained were then analysed
    using the descriptive statistics through SPSS. All in all, the discovery of this study points to the fact
    that the majority of the Heads of Household (90.0%) have had participated in at least one decisionmaking
    activity in relation to the implementation of the programs under the SPKR or the People’s
    Welfare Development Scheme. The study finding also shows that the Heads of Household participated
    in the program’s decision-making activities have pointed out that they occasionally make their voices
    heard and are involved in ways such as attending the meeting, representing the locals in the
    discussions, giving opinion in the discussions, managing the conflict that emerges out of the program
    implementation and posing questions in the discussion of the program under the scheme mentioned.
    Notwithstanding, the findings also establish that many of the Heads of the Household admitted that
    they had never taken part in the planning of work, evaluating or troubleshooting that might occur in the
    execution of the program, in the resolution of implementation issues and in the decision-making on the
    program implementation under this scheme.
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