How old are Malaysians?

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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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