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Title: The role of rural electrification in the development of Sarawak
Author: Randell, Jacqueline
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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The introduction of electricity is widely perceived to bring socioeconomic and infrastructural improvements to the rural areas of developing countries. In Malaysia the rural electrification programme is a high profile demonstration of the Government's commitment towards socioeconomic development of the rural areas. Following substantial achievements in the rural electrification of Peninsular Malaysia, attention is now focussed on the economically and infrastructurally less-developed states such as Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. The thesis of this study was that the present form of rural electrification is largely inappropriate for the rural development of Sarawak. In response to a perceived need for specific policy-directed rural development research, the consequent aims of this study were to examine the developmental role of rural electrification in the state of Sarawak. Data colected using two extended field trips are presented and discussed in context. The progress of the various programmes is analysed and the significance of the introduction of electricity for life in the rural areas investigated. In addition, priorities and perceptions of the government, implementing authorities, local development administrators and villagers with respect to rural electrification are assessed. The study concludes that, despite government initiatives, acquisition of an electricity supply is a fairly low priority concern for many rural communities. However, the increase in self-esteem and confidence of the community which accompanies a perceived narrowing of the gap between standards of living in town and in the village, is more apparent than predicted. As an outcome of the study specific recommendations are proposed to tackle the electrification of remote settlements in Sarawak.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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