Exploring community perceptions of climate change issues in Peninsular Malaysia

Mashitoh YAACOB, Wing Mui Winnie SO, Noriko IIZUKA

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The urbanization process in Peninsular Malaysia has resulted in an increase in temper-ature. Large cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bharu, and George Town are experiencing rapid urbanization processes, resulting in unpredictable changes in temperature and weather, which conse-quently impact community livelihoods. Many believe that the recent flooding in urban residential areas in Peninsular Malaysia has been worsened by climate change. Hence, this paper explores and discusses recent community perceptions of the climate change issue in Peninsular Malaysia. A group of 350 community members from different states in Peninsular Malaysia gave their views and opinions related to climate change via an online quantitative survey questionnaire. Their perception of the urbanization process and its impact on the increase in temperature was descriptively analyzed using the frequency analysis technique and mean score, while their suggestions in verbatim form on reducing the effects of climate change were analyzed thematically. The respondents perceived the climate change issue as attributable to the factors of urbanization, namely the manufacturing industry, population density, and private motor vehicles. Respondents provided suggestions for reducing the effects of climate change, ranging from government policies to community actions. Copyright © 2022 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7756
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


Yaacob, M., So, W. W.-M., & Iizuka, N. (2022). Exploring community perceptions of climate change issues in Peninsular Malaysia. Sustainability, 14(13). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/su14137756


  • Environmental perception
  • Climate change
  • Global warming
  • Urbanization
  • Urban development


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