Senior citizens make up 2.8m of Malaysia's population

23 Mar 2016 / 17:06 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior citizens aged 60 and above made up 2.8 million or 9% of Malaysia's population of 31 million last year.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said based on the projections by the National Statistics Department, Malaysia was expected to reach ageing nation status by 2035 when senior citizens make up 15% or 5.6 million of its population.
She said this in reply to a question from Datuk Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) in the Dewan Rakyat today on the ministry's preparations up to 2030 in facing the ageing nation status, especially in terms of manpower needs, savings and care centres for the elderly.
Rohani said the government has been making various preparations to ensure this group of citizens would still be healthy, productive and able to contribute to society.
She also said health issues, financial preparation and infrastructural facilities for the elderly were the main challenges for the ministry that needed to be studied from time to time. — Bernama

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