Institutions on Public Open Space Governance

  • Gabriel H.T. Ling Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
  • Chin Siong Hob Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
  • Hishamuddin Mohd Ali Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM, 81310 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia


Meagre discussion on the institutional property-rights structure essence has rudimentarily determined the POS governance and its quality. Thus, two objectives are highlighted; (i) to examine Sabah’s current practice (rights distribution) in urban-rural POS governance and (ii) explore the POS’ social dilemmas that tied in with such institution. Reviews of interdisciplinary analytic perspectives, content analysis on documents and semi-structured interviews were performed. The practice with diverse property-rights structure is indicatively perceived as “property-rights tragedies”, which ensue in sub-optimal POS and quality of life issues. Therefore, re-engineering of POS market via dynamic property-rights re-assignment is postulated as the panacea for improved wellbeing.

Keywords: Diverse property-rights structure; POS governance; social dilemmas; quality of life.

eISSN 2514-751X © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.



How to Cite
LING, Gabriel H.T.; HOB, Chin Siong; MOHD ALI, Hishamuddin. Institutions on Public Open Space Governance. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 10, p. 68-77, aug. 2018. ISSN 2514-751X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 mar. 2019. doi:

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