As national birthrate declines, Malaysians urged to make more babies
KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 – Putrajaya today called on Malaysians to reverse the trend of declining population growth by having more children, following the projected dip in the country’s birthrate once it hits developed nation status in five years’ time.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the United Nations has projected that Malaysia’s national fertility rate will fall to 1.91 children per household by 2020, lower than the 2012 fertility rate of 2.1 children.
“That is why the ministry encourages couples not to be so focussed on quality of life, but to also have children for the long-term benefit of the country,” she told Parliament during question time.
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