Over 40,000 centenarians in Malaysia

Malaysia has more than 40,000 centenarians, based on a census done by the National Registration Department.

"As of Sept 15 this year, there are 43,599 Malaysians who are more than 100 years old," said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in a written reply to a question by Datuk Seri Noh Omar (BN - Tanjung Karang).

Of the total, he said, more than three-quarters of the centenarians were from the Chinese community with the least from the orang asli community.

There are 36,251 centenarians from the Chinese community followed by Malays totalling 2,671 and Indians with 2,570.

Dr Ahmad Zahid added that there were 747 centenarians from Sarawak ethnic groups and 432 from Sabah.

He said there were 921 centenarians from Malaysians classified as "others" and seven orang asli.

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said political parties should look at revising the definition of the maximum age of "youth" for those joining their youth wings.

He said that although the National Youth Policy would fix the definition of youth as those between 18 and 25, this would not be imposed on political parties.

"We cannot impose an age condition on the youth wings of political parties as their supervision comes under the Registrar of Societies while those for youths come under the Registrar of Youths.

"Maybe the political parties should look at this and study it for the long term," he said when answering a question by Anuar Abd Manap (BN - Sekijang).

He added that the matter should be given due consideration as young people were maturing at a faster rate these days.

He suggested that Barisan Nasional review its age limit for members under its youth wings to bring it in line with the National Youth Policy.

Khairy said the new age limit for all youth associations would only be implemented in 2018.

He said the ministry was targeting youths between 16 and 24 for its leadership training programmes.

He added that the ministry had set a target of training 50 per cent of youths in the age group by the end of next year, 80 per cent in 2017 and 100 per cent when the new age limit is implemented in 2018.

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