The Influence of Culture on Communication among Groups of the Hearing Impaired Persons in Malaysia and Tunarunggu Indonesian and Sign Language Learning Problems

Ruzimi Mohamed, Othman Ibrahim, Mehrbakhsh Nilashi


Culture plays an important role in the formation of a community.  The influence of culture not only influence way of life but also has an impact on their communication.  Development and communication of hearing impaired persons in Malaysia and Tunarunggu Indonesia are also influenced by their local culture and education system.  The only difference between the sign language of hearing impaired persons in Malaysia and Indonesia is the sign language itself where both countries have differences in terms of speech and words used.  To study the influence of lifestyle and education culture towards hearing impaired persons in Malaysia and Tunarunggu Indonesia, one qualitative descriptive survey and interview had been implemented in Bandung, Indonesia which involved 10 hearing impaired persons from Malaysia and 15 Tunarunggu Indonesia in collaboration with Lembaga Pemberdayaan Penyandang Cacat Indonesia (LPPI) and Orang Pekak Johor (SDJO).  The result showed that the culture of education system, family, friends and learning medium influence their communication with minimum score of 5.48 (education), 1.48 (family and friends) and 1.44 (learning medium). This made their minimum score for low hanging out in society quiet high that is 1.32.  This study will explore more about the influence of culture and learning sign language problems in both countries.


People with disability (PWD), Malaysia PWD, Indonesia PWD, Communication problem among deaf, Culture influence towards communication of deaf

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