Malaysian Life Expectancy on the Rise: An Examination of New Findings
Life Expectancy in Malaysia: An Overview
The Department of Statistics (DOSM) in Malaysia recently released the Abridged Life Tables, Malaysia, 2021-2023. This comprehensive study predicts that the average life expectancy for babies born in the country will be 74.8 years. The report indicates that baby girls born in 2023 will live longer than boys, with an average life expectancy of 77.4 years versus 72.5 years for boys.
Detailed Life Expectancy Data
The DOSM’s publication is a treasure trove of life expectancy data. It provides information across various age groups, ethnic groups, and sexes at both state and country levels for the period 2021-2023. This includes life expectancy data for 156 administrative districts in the country.
Life Expectancy: State and District Levels
According to Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, the Chief Statistician of DOSM, Selangor state holds the record for the highest life expectancy at birth for both sexes for the period of 2021 to 2023. On the other hand, Terengganu state has the lowest life expectancy. At the administrative district level, Petaling in Selangor boasts the highest life expectancy at 80.5 years for 2023, while Samarahan in Sarawak held the top position in 2022 (79.6 years) and 2021 (79.8 years). The district with the lowest life expectancy was Kecil Lojing, Kelantan in 2023 (62.8 years) and 2022 (63.2 years), followed by Kuala Penyu, Sabah in 2021 (64.2 years).
Life Expectancy: Age and Gender Factors
Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin also divulged that males who reach the ages of 15 and 60 in 2023 are expected to live for an additional 58.3 years and 18.3 years, respectively. This means that a 15-year-old male in 2023 is expected to live until 73.3 years, while a 60-year-old male is expected to live until 78.3 years. Females of the same ages in 2023 are expected to live for an additional 63.1 years and 21.1 years, respectively. Hence, a 15-year-old female in 2023 is predicted to live until 78.1 years, and a 60-year-old female until 81.1 years.
Life Expectancy: Ethnicity Considerations
Furthermore, the Chinese population in Malaysia has been found to have the highest life expectancy at birth for 2021 to 2023 at 77 years. This contrasts with the Indian population who has the lowest life expectancy at birth with 71.4 years for the same year. These findings underline the variations in life expectancy across different ethnic groups within the country.
Conclusion: A Positive Outlook
Overall, the life expectancy in Malaysia has been on an upward trend, with notable variations across states, districts, age groups, genders, and ethnicities. These findings provide crucial insights that can help inform health policies and interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of all Malaysians.
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