Pembangunan Bandar Kecil di Sabah: Isu dan Cabaran
Small Town Development in Sabah: Issues and Challenges
Keywords:development, small town, the issues and challenges
Sabah is the second largest state in Malaysia and has many small cities, mostly in Sabah small town located in rural areas. The importance of small towns in Sabah should not be dismissed in ensuring balanced regional development. The small town is now not only offers basic functions, but its function and role have started to change and grow. This is because the development of the industrial and services sectors in small towns in Sabah has started to grow, which is no longer totally dependent on the agricultural sector. This situation has led to a variety of issues and questions concerning the development process and the role and function of changes in land use small town in Sabah. Therefore, this article aims to understand the issue of the development of small towns in Sabah and development challenges. This study uses secondary data from reports published by agencies like the Department of Urban and Regional Planning Sabah to understand the current scenario and planning of small town in Sabah. Moreover, interviews and field observations were also conducted to obtain primary data related to the issues and challenges in Sabah small town. The study found that the development of small towns in Sabah is facing a variety of issues that can be divided into four aspects: the physical, economic, social, environmental funds. While among the challenges faced by small towns in Sabah was in the context of economic generation, landform of Sabah which is mostly mountainous and small urban governance.