On Monday, 1 June, the Federal Department of Town and Country Planning (PLANMalaysia) announced the 10 happiest cities in Malaysia
The findings were based on a survey involving 36,000 individuals from 106 areas nationwide. It was conducted in conjunction with the International Day of Happiness 2020, which falls on 20 March every year, reported Bernama.
The 10 happiest cities consist of two city-level local authority administration areas, six municipal-level local authority areas, and two district council-level local authority areas.
The ares are:
- Bandar Melaka, Melaka
- Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
- Seremban, Negri Sembilan
- Kulai, Johor
- Taiping, Perak
- Kuantan, Pahang
- Bentong, Pahang
- Jasin, Melaka
- Yan, Kedah
- Jeli, Kelantan
PLANMalaysia's director-general Datuk Mohd Anuar Maidin said the Malaysian happiness index scored an overall 80.4% in 2019
The happiness index is a general measure of the welfare level of the population, including mental and physical health and well-being.
In the study, it is stated that each city is ranked based on its residents' quality of life and health, happiness with family members, pleasure in working, financial management, relationship with neighbours, and community activities.
Other factors, such as the safety of residential areas, public facilities, the management of local authorities, and environmental quality, were also taken into consideration in its population-based questionnaire.
"A total of 36,000 questionnaires were distributed in all the local authorities involved. Of these, as many as 69 cities or 65% achieved 80% happiness or more while 37 cities or 35% recorded moderate happiness (between 50% to 79.9%)," said Annuar.
He said the measurement was conducted through the Malaysian Urban Rural National Indicators Network for Sustainable Development, known as MURNInets