INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) AMONG ETHNIC MINORITIES COMMUNITIES IN PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) plays a crucial role in the present knowledge based globalization era and it has become a necessity for all members of the society in daily lives. It has pervaded every aspect of human life and has significantly changed the manner in which society communicate and interact which have profound implications on social development. While our country is moving towards a developed nation, there is need for developing ICT in which these technological innovations are indispensable for sustaining the socioeconomic development in this globalization era. However, the ICT adoption tend to be concern on economic, organization and education development, but only very limited attention and efforts have been given in enhancing cultural identity sustainability. Central to this paper is the discussion of the ICT adoption among the ethnic minorities and how it affects their cultural identity sustainability. The study involved 400 respondents consisted of six different ethnic minority groups that aged 13 to 74 years old, recruited by using convenience sampling technique. The findings of the study indicated that the ICT adoption is positively correlated with the cultural identity sustainability among the ethnic minorities.

Keywords: ICT, Adoption, Ethnic Minorities, Cultural Identity, Sustainability

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