PUTRAJAYA - The well-being of Malaysians has improved significantly in the last 12 years with the public enjoying better basic needs.
Based on the new Malaysian Wellbeing Index (MWI), the public now enjoys better services in terms of access to communications, education, health, housing and transportation.
Living conditions were also enhanced through improved accommodation and basic amenities, greater conservation of the environment and increased public safety.
According to the Malaysian Wellbeing Report 2013, the rakyat were able to increasingly enjoy culture and leisure as well as participate in community and social activities.
The report said during the period of 2000 to 2012, the MWI recorded an increase of 25.4 points, an indication of an improvement in the well-being of the people. The MWI replaced the Malaysian Quality of Life Index (MQLI) which had been in place from 1999 to 2011.
It was launched yesterday by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar.
It said the improvement could be attributed to the wide range of policies and programmes implemented by the Government to enhance the quality and standard of living of the people.
"The least improvement was recorded by the family component," it said, adding that family institution and the level of health indicators could have performed better if not for the increase in divorce rates, juvenile crimes and non-communicable diseases.