MALAYSIA (South East Asia)
Population: 29.18 million
The youth constitutes 43% of the population.
Fertility Rate: 4.9 children/woman (1970s) vs. 2.6 children/woman (2010)
Life Expectancy: 64 years (1970s) vs. 74 years (2010)
Infant mortality: 14.57 deaths / 1000 live births
Male/Female Ratio: 1.03 male / female
Major Religions: Islam, Buddhism, Christianity
– Malaysia is among the laziest nations in the world and is the sloth leader in Southeast Asia. A World Health Organization study assessed the physical activity levels of 122 countries, and results indicated that 61.4% of Malaysians above 15 are physically inactive.
– Malaysian Health Ministry have confirmed that 15% in the country are obese and almost one in two adults is either overweight or obese.
– Muslim couples get divorced every 15 minutes in Malaysia. From 17,749 divorces in 2005, the rate has zoomed up to 27,355 divorces in 2011. Among non-Muslims, the divorce rate has escalated by 169% from 2,938 cases in 2009 to 7,900 cases in 2010.
– The contraceptive prevalence rate is around 50%. The pill has always been the most popular contraceptive method, followed by the rhythm method.
– By the end of 2011, Malaysia had a cumulative figure of 94,841 HIV infections. Women make up 10% of the total cases found in the country since 1986. New HIV cases in 2011 stood at 3,479 with the notification rate being 12.2 cases per 100,000 people.
– Baby dumping is fast becoming a national issue, causing grave concern among the public and also the government. Between 2005 to 2011, over 600 babies were “dumped” – a term that encompasses different acts such as tossing infants from windows and simply abandoning them in fields. This year, there have been 31 cases so far.