Silence and the Elderly in Malaysia

By Normaliza Abd Rahim, Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan, Suraya Amiruddin, Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya and Arbaie Sujud.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The elderly in Malaysia have not played a major role in the society. This is due to fact that the boom of ICT has made them felt insecure and decreased in level of confidence. Communication has gone down due to small gadgets like the mobile phones to computer. This study investigates the pattern in using ICT amongst the elderly in Malaysia. 60 elderly from two states in Malaysia participated in this study. A set of questionnaire was given to the elderly where the pattern of using the ICT would be found. This study too, investigates the language use while using the ICT. The words or phrases used were identified and listed and therefore helped with the set up of a module for the elderly in using the ICT. It is found that the elderly have high interactions while using ICT. It is hoped that this study will help all the elderly in the world in using the ICT to communicate with the world.

Keywords: Information Communication Technology, Elderly

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.95-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 559.470KB).

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan

Tutor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms. Siti Nur Aliaa is a tutor at the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her expertise is on Geomatic Engineering.

Suraya Amiruddin

Lecturer, School of Linguistics and Infrastructure, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya is a Senior Lecturer of English Literature in Universiti Putra Malaysia. She has been teaching Research Methods in Literary Studies, Romantic and Victorian Literature, New Literatures in English, and Contemporary & Modern British Literature since 1999. Her funded researches include Representation of Malays and Malay Culture in Malaysian Literature; Diasporic Experience in Malaysian Literature; Environmental Narration and Imagination in Malaysian Novels; Malaysian ESL Learners’ Perceptions Towards the Learning of English Literature;The Use of Literature Circles in English Literature; and Nature Imagery in Victorian and Malaysian Poems.

Dr. Arbaie Sujud

Lecturer, Head of Department, Department of Malay Language,Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Arbaie Sujud is a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently he is the head of the Malay Language Department. He teaches literature and multimedia and interested in research and development.

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