Executive Program Practical Connection Assignment
At UC, it is a priority that students are provided with strong educational programs and courses that allow them to be servant-leaders in their disciplines and communities, linking research with practice and knowledge with ethical decision-making. This assignment is a written assignment where students will demonstrate how this course research has connected and put into practice within their own career.
Provide a reflection of at least 500 words (or 2 pages double spaced) of how the knowledge, skills, or theories of this course have been applied, or could be applied, in a practical manner to your current work environment. If you are not currently working, share times when you have or could observe these theories and knowledge could be applied to an employment opportunity in your field of study.
Provide a 500 word (or 2 pages double spaced) minimum reflection.
Share a personal connection that identifies specific knowledge and theories from this course.
Demonstrate a connection to your current work environment. If you are not employed, demonstrate a connection to your desired work environment.
A study by Sulaiman et al. (2016) indicates that half of the citizens in Kuala Lumpur is characterized as urban poor, but the definition varies; the study states that urban Malaysians with an income of below RM 2300 per month is generally defined as urban poor, whereas in Kuala Lumpur, specifically, an income below RM 3000 per month is considered an urban poor; they also acknowledge that the Department of Social Welfare defines urban poor as those households with an income below RM 1500 (ibid). Under the status quo, low-cost housing units in Kuala Lumpur are prepared for those households with less than RM 4,000 monthly income, while those in other Malaysian cities are targeted at an income level of RM 1,500 monthly (Zaid 2015). Overall, it is certain that, as the cost of living in Kuala Lumpur continuously increases, the needs for low-cost housing also increase. “Zero Squatters Policy” and the housing governance To begin with, the federal and state governments have provided numerous low-cost housing programs and schemes to low and middle-income households across the country, but the provision of those houses has consistently been motivated and followed by a national policy, Malaysia’s “Zero Squatters Policy” (Abdullah, et al. 2017). Informal settlements or squatter settlements (as the government calls them) in major Malaysian cities have continuously increased as rural communities migrate to urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur, where most of the economic activities concentrate (Teck-Hong 2012). These incoming migrants to cities, however, do not only create new squatter areas but also increase such settlements in the existing ones (Shresta, et al. 2014). The local authorities have continuously controlled against illegal land occupation and, in fact, there are regulations and laws that prohibit people from illegally occupying the state-owned land, but squatters seem to still increase year by year (Murad, et al. 2014). In response to the increasing number of squatter settlements in urban areas, the state governments implemented a program in 1998 to eradicate those settlements. The 1998 eradication program demanded the Department of Statistics to collaborate with the local authorities to determine and verify the old and new squatter settlements and immediately tear down any squatter settlements built after the 1st January 1998 (Abdul Aziz 2012). This program, however, was later followed by and evolved into the Malaysian “Zero Squatter policy” introduced in 2000; the policy aimed to reduce squatter settlements by ensuring that everyone in the state would legally own a house by year 2005 (Abdullah, et al. 2017). This was the starting point of Malaysia’s low-cost housin>GET ANSWER