Post-2004 Tsunami: Preparedness of Malaysian coastal communities


  • Rustam Khairi Zahari International IslamicUniversity Malaysia 50728 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  • Raja Noriza Raja Ariffin University Malaya 50603 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  • Zainora Asmawi University Malaya 50603 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
  • Aisyah Nadhrah Ibrahim University Malaya 50603 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia



The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26th December 2004 unleashed catastrophe in many nations including coastal communities located along the west-coast of Malaysian Peninsular.  The goal of this study is to explore the impact of the tsunami to the preparedness of the affected coastal communities.   Data was collected through questionnaire, interviews, documents analysis and field observations.  It was found that the 2004 tsunami disaster has left a significant mark on Malaysia's and the world's disaster management landscape but the tragedy has also heightened disaster awareness and steps must be taken to ensure vulnerable communities are well-equipped to face any eventualities.

Keywords:  Tsunami; sustainable coastal communities; disaster management; vulnerability.

eISSN 2514-7528 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.



How to Cite

Zahari, R. K., Raja Ariffin, R. N., Asmawi, Z., & Ibrahim, A. N. (2018). Post-2004 Tsunami: Preparedness of Malaysian coastal communities. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, 3(9), 113-121.




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