Flood Risk Management in Malaysia: The current hindrances for flood related agencies


  • Nurul Ashikin Mabahwi Graduate School of Engineering and Science, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Hitoshi Nakamura Department of Planning, Architecture and Environment Systems, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Yasmin Bhattacharya SIT Research Laboratories, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan




flood-related agencies, flood risk management, flood law and policy, Malaysia


Flood risk management in Malaysia is a top-down government approach that requires shared responsibility in between government agencies. However, the issues and challenges faced by the relevant agencies is a neglected area of research. This paper aimed to identify the real issues and challenges of flood-related agencies in Malaysia. This paper used a qualitative approach to analyse the findings and found that limited authority, lack of enforcement power, lack of cooperation and collaborative risk-sharing, insufficient funding, lack of assets and manpower and communication issues are the issues faced by flood-related government agencies.

Keywords: flood-related agencies; flood risk management; flood law and policy; Malaysia

eISSN 2398-4295 ©2020. 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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers (AMER); Association of  Behavioural Researchers on Asians / Africans / Arabians (ABRA); Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies (cE-Bs), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ajbes.v5i19.190




How to Cite

Mabahwi, N. A. ., Nakamura , H. ., & Bhattacharya , Y. . (2020). Flood Risk Management in Malaysia: The current hindrances for flood related agencies. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 5(19), 11–24. https://doi.org/10.21834/ajbes.v5i19.190