ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Malaysia has low birth rate
“If we do not take appropriate steps, we will have an aging population in the next 20 to 30 years,” said National Population and Family Development Board director-general Datuk Aminah Abdul Rahman to the Malaysia Star.
Several factors had caused the fertility rate to decline, she said, adding that more people were getting married at an older age and preferring to have fewer children. “Malaysian families are also worried about the future, cost of living and their inability to balance their work and family responsibility.”
Datuk Aminah said that an ageing population also meant that the young were increasingly made to support the elderly.
She said the board had conducted studies and would present papers to the cabinet on the population growth's effect to the country.
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