KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia welcomes the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General's report on the implementation of the Second-World Assembly on Ageing to ensure integration of older persons in social development was on the right track, said Malaysia's Permanent Representative to the UN Datuk Hussein Haniff.
In a statement issued on Agenda Item 27: Social Development of the Third Committee at the 67th Session of UN General Assembly in New York Tuesday, he said the Malaysian Government was committed towards providing conducive and enabling environment for older persons in the country.
Various benefits are provided for older persons to actively participate in society, Hussein added.
"In 2011, 135,000 older persons received a total of RM478mil (USD156mil) in financial assistance. Older persons receive almost free health and medical care at all government hospitals and clinics," he said.
Hussein added, recognising that access to affordable, reliable and safe and physically accessible transportation is a cornerstone of older person's participation and independence in society, older persons are also provided with discounts between 25% to 30% for major modes of transportation in the country.
By the year 2035, Malaysia is expected to attain the Ageing Nation Status where 15 percent or more of the country's population are aged 60 years and above, he said.
Hussein said as such, the Government realizes that harnessing the pool of resources from older persons is valuable and necessary.
He said, realizing the importance of fostering a society for all ages, the Malaysian Government in January 2011 approved the new National Policy for Older Persons and Plan of Action for Older Persons.
The policy and plan of action were drafted based on three priority areas in the Madrid Plan of Action, Hussein added.
He said, older persons, persons with disabilities and the family unit are all vital components of society. - Bernama
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