The number of senior citizens in Malaysia is projected to double to 5.8 million, or 15.3% of the total population, in the next 13 years. "Malaysia is rapidly heading towards an aging society by jumping two-fold from 7% to 14% in 28 years, compared to Sweden where it took 112 years to reach the same level," Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said.She cited improved healthcare and medical technologies, coupled with falling fertility rates, as main factors behind the rise.
The Government is prepared for an ageing population by putting in place aged care and support facilities.
>Man discovers angry wasps under his bed
A 27-year-old man found a wasp nest underneath his bed but saved himself from being stung at his house in Kampung Jerek Dalam, Bertam, Gua Musang. Abdul Rashid Ramli was shocked to see a swarm of wasps under the bed and quickly called the emergency hotline 999. He believed it has been there for over a month based on the size of the nest. Civil Defence Force (APM) officers have to use special equipment to remove the nest.
>Missing teen's body found in river
A body found in Sungai Klau near Raub, Pahang, has been identified as a 17-year-old boy who went missing since Sept 7. It was reported that D. Yugendran was beaten with an object before he was thrown into the river. Raub OCPD Supt Wan Zahari Wan Busu said the search and rescue team found the body at 3pm on Wednesday.The victim's family had lodged a report on Sept 9 which led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man. The suspect admitted that the duo had argued before, and that the victim often disturbed him.
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