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Constitutional Specialist Suggests Enaction Of Law Mandating Youths To Care For The Ageing Society

today27 July 2022

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Witnessing the elderly being mistreated or completely abandoned is a sorry sight, and unfortunately not a rare one in Malaysia.

The Dewan Rakyat was informed last week that over 2,000 senior citizens in the country had been abandoned by their relatives, and this estimate only included those left in healthcare institutions. The exact number of neglected elders in the country is uncertain.

Malaysia marked the shift to an ageing population in 2020, with more than 7% of the nation’s people approaching the age of 65 or older.

As per NST, the rate of ageing among the population is anticipated to surge in the coming years, with the fraction of the population aged 65 and above expected to double to 14% by 2044 and 20% by 2056.

source: The Star

The proportion of people aged 65 and up to those of working age is also set to rise, resulting in old-age reliance in homes as well as a tension on the workforce. This implies…

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Written by: Lara Lee