Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 415

Full Length Research Paper

Differences in the perception on leadership of the village development and security committee

Jeffrey Lawrence D’Silva, Bahaman Abu Samah and Hayrol Azril Mohamad Shaffril
Laboratory of Rural Advancement and Agricultural Extension, Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
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  •  Accepted: 15 September 2009
  •  Published: 17 September 2013


Previous studies revealed that the socio-demographic factors are vital and would sway the perception
of rural community towards the leadership of their community leaders. Nevertheless, the outcome of
these studies had shown inconsistent results. Hence, it is pertinent to investigate further on the sociodemographic factors that influence village development and security committee (VDSC) perception
towards the VDSC leadership in Vision Village Movement. Data was gathered through a survey
questionnaire and a total of 235 respondents from three states in Malaysia participated in this study.
Interestingly, overall the members of VDSC had a high level of positive perception towards the VDSC
leadership and the factors that had significant difference with perception towards VDSC leadership
were age, zone and monthly income. The findings of this study would help to develop a better
understanding on some of the pertinent socio-demographic factors that rural development leaders need
to be aware of to become effective leaders in the future.
Key words: Village development and security committee (VDSC), leadership, rural community