About the Journal

The Muallim Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH) is an online electronic publication. It is peer-reviewed and as well an open access journal.

The journal addresses the current issues from the field of social sciences and humanities. Submitted papers will be reviewed by technical committees of the Journal. The audience includes researchers, managers and operators for social sciences and humanities as well as designers and developers. All submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed. Articles submitted to the journal should meet these criteria and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing. 

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Frequency: 4 issue per year: January, April, July, and October

Language: English, Tamil, and Malay

Current Issues

FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH SCHOOL REFUSAL BEHAVIOUR IN PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Rukmani Devi Balakrishnan; Hari Krishnan Andi

DOI : https://doi.org/10.33306/mjssh/01

Pages : 1-13

ABSTRACT :

The aim of this study was to identify the factors associated with school refusal behavior in primary school students. Student’s self-report and teacher’s measures were implemented; and students were recruited from 20 primary schools in six districts in Selangor, Malaysia. The survey was conducted at the end of school term in 2016, with a total of 915 students from Year 4 and Year 5 participating. The sample of students had been absent from school for more than 15% of school days in the current year. Pearson correlation shows a significant relationship between academic achievement and school satisfaction toward school refusal behavior. The findings of this study suggest that academic difficulties and dissatisfaction towards school environment could be the important risk factors for school refusal behavior. The present study underscores the importance of early detection and intervention as measures to reduce school refusal. Finally, the findings imply that the role of school factors should always be taken into account in connection with school refusal behaviour.

PERCEPTION OF PEOPLE TOWARDS RUU355: A STUDY ON IIUM STUDENTS

Jefri Khairil Bin Zabri; Muhamad Fuzi Bin Omar

DOI : https://doi.org/10.33306/mjssh/03

Pages : 14-32

ABSTRACT :

The objective of the study is to know the perceptions of people towards recent introduction of Act 355 Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, (RUU355). This study also seeks to construct factors influencing people’s perceptions towards RUU355. Besides, the present study aims also to discover whether there are relationship between political affiliations, religious background, and legal understanding with their perceptions towards RUU355. The survey was conducted by distributing questionnaire among 309 IIUM students. The data analyzed by descriptive statistics, factor analysis, and cross-tabulation analysis using SPSS software. The results suggested that there are three factors that influence people’s perceptions, namely, state religion factor, political environment, and knowledge. It is also worth to note that religious background becomes an important characteristic that shapes the perception towards RUU355. Besides, people who have inclination towards PAS have more tendency to agree with RUU355 implementation. It is also suggested that people with more knowledge about RUU355 will have more tendecy to support RUU355

PEMBENTUKAN NOVEL NIEHAI HUA DALAM KONTEKS MASYRAKAT PADA AKHIR DINASTI QING (THE FORMATION OF NOVEL NIEHAI HUA IN THE CONTEXT OF SOCIETY AT THE LATE QING DYNASTY)

Wong Soon Dee

DOI : https://doi.org/10.33306/mjssh/04

Pages : 33-47

ABSTRACT :

Kajian ini bertujuan untuk mengkaji pembentukan novel Niehai Hua dalam konteks masyarakat pada akhir Dinasti Qing. Teori lapangan Bourdieu telah diaplikasikan dalam kajian ini dan novel Niehai Hua diletakkan dalam suatu lapangan yang berunsurkan masyarakat akhir Dinasti Qing untuk membincang secara menyeluruh tentang pengaruhnya terhadap penulisan novel Niehai Hua. Dapatan kajian menunjukkan bahawa pengalaman kehidupan dan latar masyarakat yang dialami oleh Zeng Pu telah mempengaruhi pemikirannya dalam penulisan dan pembentukan tema novel ini. Kandungan yang dihuraikan dalam novel Niehai Hua berkait rapat dengan realiti masyarakat, maka tema-tema novel ini telah merangkumi kritikan mengenai kemerosotan politik akhir Dinasti Qing, pendedahan tentang pencerobohan kuasa-kuasa imperialisme serta pujian terhadap ideologi pembaharuan dan revolusi. Kesimpulan daripada kajian menunjukkan pengaruh latar masyarakat akhir Dinasti Qing dan latar belakang kehidupan Zeng Pu terhadap penulisan Niehai Hua adalah penting untuk memahami pembentukan novel ini secara terperinci. Implikasi kajian ini dapat membantu kita untuk membuat penilaian semula tentang kedudukan novel akhir Dinasti Qing dalam kesusasteraan China.

(This study was aimed to review the formation of the novel Niehai Hua in the context of the society during the late Qing Dynasty. Bourdieu’s field theory has been applied in this study and the novel Niehai Hua was placed in a field that characterises the society of the late Qing Dynasty in order to discuss thoroughly its influence over the novel writing. The findings showed that the life and background of the society experienced by Zeng Pu has influenced his thinking in the writing and the creation of the themes of the novel. The content described in the novel Niehai Hua was closely related to the reality of society. Hence, the themes of this novel include criticism of political decline of the late Qing Dynasty, exposure of the aggression of imperialism power and the compliment towards the ideology of reformation and revolution. As a conclusion, the background of the society during the late Qing Dynasty and biobibliography of Zeng Pu have influenced the writing of Niehai Hua which are important for us to understand the formation of this novel. The implications of this study helps us to make a reassessment of the position of the late Qing Dynasty novel in Chinese literature.)