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Malaysia is aged by 2030

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The United Nations (UN) is projecting that Malaysia will become an aged nation by the year 2030 when 15 percent of its population will be above 60 years old.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said currently, the number of senior citizens in Malaysia was 2.1 million, constituting 7.3 percent of the total population.

She said the life expectancy was also expected to rise from 72.6 years in 2010 to 74.2 in 2020 for men while for women, the figure was expected to rise from 77.5 years to 79.1 years during the same period.

"The figure is expected to rise in line with the improved health standards of the population," she told the Senate when replying to Senator Noriah Mahat, who wanted to know the number of senior citizens staying at the home for the aged throughout the country and the measures taken to ensure they could contribute to the country.

Shahrizat said the ministry, through the Social Welfare Department, had set up Rumah Seri Kenangan to provide care and protection to the aged who were poor.

She said that as at May 31, this year, there were nine units of Rumah Seri Kenangan throughout the country which provided care and protection to 1,942 residents.

The minister said that in addition to the Rumah Seri Kenangan, the ministry had also set up 22 Day-Care Centres for Senior Citizens through a strategic cooperation with the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which had benefited 16,331 senior citizens nationwide.


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