WANITA BAJAU TONGGAK KELUARGA NELAYAN ARTISANAL KAMPUNG MENGKABONG, TUARAN, SABAH (Bajau Women as A Key Workforce in Artisanal Fishermen Family in Mengkabong Village, Tuaran, Sabah)

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Mohammad Raduan bin Mohd Arif Thirunaukarasu Subramaniam Mohammad Sharir bin Mohd Raduan

Abstract

Fishermen comprise mainly men engaged in fishing activities. Women are however
involved mainly in grading tasks, packaging and processing of fish. This article
attempts to show that the female Bajau in Kampung Mengkabong, Tuaran, Sabah
is also engaged in fishing activities using traditional methods. They sell fish and
other fishery products. More interestingly, they play a key role in the management
and administration of family finances. This paper explains how they
simultaneously perform fishing-related activities, marketing, managing family
finances and subsequently saving. The Bajau community is commonly associated
with fishing activities, and, consequently, living below the hardcore poverty line
as portrayed by several studies. However, the findings of this study suggest
otherwise. This study is based on a survey conducted on fifty Bajau women who
are involved in various fishery activities, from production to marketing, in Tuaran,
Sabah.
Keywords: Gender, workforce, Artisanal fishermen, poverty, and Sabah

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BIN MOHD ARIF, Mohammad Raduan; SUBRAMANIAM, Thirunaukarasu; BIN MOHD RADUAN, Mohammad Sharir. WANITA BAJAU TONGGAK KELUARGA NELAYAN ARTISANAL KAMPUNG MENGKABONG, TUARAN, SABAH (Bajau Women as A Key Workforce in Artisanal Fishermen Family in Mengkabong Village, Tuaran, Sabah). JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 13, p. 229-244, dec. 2008. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <https://jati.um.edu.my/article/view/6218>. Date accessed: 27 may 2019.
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