* Tengku Intan Nazieha
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia
Universiti of Management Technology, Malaysia
This research paper examined the potential of small town development in generating income and economic activities which has grown rapidly day by day. The objective is to preserve and sustain the agro resources based on product manufactured. The method used was through exploratory and observation using unstructured interview checklist with the local communities. The data was collected during site visitations done over a couple of weeks in Kampung Sungai Buah. The use of logistic hub and agro farming will help develop the area even faster. The finding shows the potential of Kampung Sungai Buah becoming developed in the near future, in view of the economic activities that had currently transformed the local communities to a new height. This research focuses on how the economic activities have increased the standard of living of the residents in Kampung Sungai Buah. We had discovered how the local communities generate income to earn their living. Kampung Sungai Buah is rich with their economic development activities such as organic farm, factories and restaurant. The local communities benefited through employment and business opportunities.
KEYWORDS: Economic impact, community activities, Kampung Sungai Buah, Dengkil, Sepang.
The research involves Kampung Sungai Buah in Dengkil in the district of Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan. It has a population of approximately five thousand people comprising of local Malays originated from Indonesia since 1921 and the aborigines (orang asli). Other villages under Dengkil include Kampung Dengkil, Kampung Desa Putra, Kampung Jenderam Hulu, Kampung Jenderam Hilir, Kampung Pulau Meranti, Kampung Limau Manis, Kampung Sungai Merab,Kampung Baru Cina, Kampung Semarang and Kampung Dato Abu Bakar Baginda It takes 45 minutes by car from Kuala Lumpur to Kampung Sungai Buah.
Dengkil is a small well-developed town in the district of Sepang, Selangor. It is located between Cyberjaya to the north and Salak Tinggi to the south. In recent years, Dengkil has benefited from the growth of Putrajaya and Cyberjaya which are located nearby. The small town of Dengkil can be a potential tourist attraction due to its proximity to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang International Circuit and Sepang Gold Coast (Sepang Municipal Council 2010). Kampung Sungai Buah was developed in 1960.The history behind the name of Kampung Sungai Buah was due to the fruits that fell into the river. The resident in the olden days lives near the river. There were a lot of fruit trees along the riverbank. During fruit season the fruits fell into the river and the residents picked up the fruits and that gave them an idea to name the village as Kampung Sungai Buah, which mean the village of river fruit.
Economic development is a term that generally refers to the sustained, concerted effort of policymakers and community to promote the standard of living and economic health in a specific area. Such effort can involve multiple areas including development of human capital, critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, safety, literacy, and other initiatives. Economic development is a policy intervention endeavor with aims of economic and social well-being of people, whereas economic growth is a phenomenon of market productivity and increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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