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Business 05 Apr 2014 | 12:00 AM Premium

World Bank comments on demographics, climate change and debt

IN the years to come, aging populations and changing weather patterns will place further pressure on governments in managing their deficits and national debt, made worse by the global financial crisis of 2008/2009.

Business 30 Jan 2014 | 5:07 PM Premium

Indonesia to face opportunity, risk as population grows by a third

JAKARTA: Family planning efforts have stagnated in Indonesia over a decade of democratic rule and the world's fourth most populous country risks squandering a so-called demographic dividend that a youthful, productive population should deliver.

Business 24 Aug 2013 | 12:00 AM Premium

New global population trends are worrisome

Demography matters. But it’s not destiny as the French philosopher, Auguste Comte, would have us believe. Other things also matter. Certainly its impact endures far longer and has far wide-ranging effects. Nevertheless, even demographic trends do change.

Business 04 Sep 2010 | 12:00 AM Premium

Coming to grips with an ageing society

WHO says age is just a number? We celebrated Malaysia's 53rd year of independence on Tuesday. On the scale of political history, we are a young nation still, but if we look at our demographics, we are showing more than a touch of grey. While we plan to achieve developed nation status by 2020, that may also be the year when we become an ageing society.

Business 31 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Population at 25 million and increasing by 2%

MALAYSIA#039;S population has reached 25.08 million this year, up from 23.49 million last year.