Since more than 5 decades ago, the fertility rate of Malaysians has been exponentially decreasing, from 6.7 percent of children per woman in 1957, 4 percent in 1980, 3 percent in 2000, to 2.1 percent in 2010. According to the Ministry of Women, Family, and Development (KPWKM) through its agency, the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN), the latest data in 2017 see the fertility rate continues to spiral down to 1.9 percent of children per woman.
Moreover, the data extracted from the United Nations 2015 revision on population predicts the decrease in fertility will continue from 1.83 percent in 2020 to 1.79 percent in 2100.
High Fertility Rate Is Non-existent
Global data on fertility rate tells us one thing. No developing countries
Despite MalaysiaÕs population, continuous growth from 32.4 million in 2017 to a whopping 44.5 million by 2050, the rate of annual population growth will continue to fall to 0.7 percent by the same year. This means that within the years 2071 and 2072, Malaysia has the potential to experience massive population shrinkage where the countyÕs projected population will wither from 46.1 million in 2071 to 44.6 million in 2100, per Figure 1.
inimum Average Marriage Age
Based on the 5th Population and Family Research (KPKM-5) organized by the National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) in 2014, the minimum age in average for both men and women has been increasing since a decade ago.
The average age for men getting married has risen from 28.9 in 2204 to 29.3 in 2014. Whereas for women, the average age was 25.3 in
Cause Of Late Marriages
Although 86.8 percent of non-married population between the ages of 25 to 49 has the desire to get married, KPKM-5 found that there are 3 main reasons why they are delaying it. The 3 reasons are; financial difficulty, trouble finding partners, and career advancement.
This was proven when data found that the non-married population perceives the overall cost for marriage is around RM20,000, higher than the average RM14,000 they are able to provide. From the perspective of education and career
Additionally, statistics retrieved from the Ministry of Education in 2016 shows that women
No Need To Delay
Delaying marriage will inadvertently shorten one’s reproductive lifespan, and will result in lower fertility rate as a whole. Moreover, the decrease in fertility rate is closely linked to the increase in the cost of living – leading to the hardship faced by today’s parents.
The findings from the Research Fertility at The Crossroad: Children Now, Later or Never done by LPPKN in 2011 sees the increase in cost for education, partnered with a single household’s financial standing, as the main factor in determining if families more children or not.
And for young parents nowadays, having children means becoming a sufficient financial source from the moment the child is born all through them finishing their education at the highest level. – The Health