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Birth rate continues decreasing in Malaysia on late marriage, work woes

07-12-2010 17:55 BJT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's birth rate is expected to keep on a declining track due to late marriage and work woes, senior official said here on Monday.

Malaysia's Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Heng Seai Kie made the remark at the opening ceremony of a seminar on "Population, Environment and Climate Change" organized by the National Population and Family Development Board here on Monday.

She unveiled that Malaysia's birth rate dropped from 2.6 percent in 2000 to 2.2 percent in 2008, and the downward trend is expected to continue in the future.

She attributed the decline to delay in marriage by workers who are struggling for their posts. Besides, many married couples are in dilemma to balance their work and family, she added.

She urged a support system should be set up by the government and the employers to help the workers resolve the difficulties.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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