Ageing in Malaysia
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Malaysia’s population has grown rapidly, more than doubling over the past three decades, from about 8 million in 1960 to about 18.4 million in 1991 (Department of Statistics Malaysia 1995). The current population is projected to increase to about 22 million by the turn of the century, and around 29 million by 2020 (United Nations 1994). Population growth rate has remained high despite declining fertility because of its young age structure, and mortality has declined to a low level.