How old are Malaysians?


To accompany our article on longevity, we provide the numbers on Malaysia's ageing population.

While many of us are concerned about death and old age, survivability in old age might be a more pressing matter, economically. Here are the numbers on Malaysia’s ageing population, its finances, and in relation to selected countries in Asia.

Figure 1 shows the comparison of the population compositions of specific age groups in Malaysia, Japan, China and Singapore.

With regard to Japan’s population, more than a quarter consists of those aged 65 and over, highlighting the problem of an ageing society – one of the nation’s biggest concerns at present.

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