EMULATING EFFECTIVE POLICIES
Malaysia to learn from other countries to guide policy decisions
EFFECTIVE public policies from different countries will be used as guides for Malaysia in improving its inclusive societies policies, particularly on the ageing population, empowerment of women and social innovation.
During the ongoing United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) forum, experts from 75 countries will share their success stories in implementing social transformation programmes.
Women, Family and Community Development Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rose Lena Lazemi said it was estimated that Malaysia would be an aged nation by 2030 where about 5.8 million people, or 15 per cent of the population, would be aged 60 years and above.
“To date, the number of older persons is 2.82 million (or 9.1 per cent of the population).
“In preparation for this demographic change and to ensure the wellbeing of older people, the National Policy and Plan of Action for Older Persons in 2011 is looking into the potential of the elderly so that they remain active and productive in national development,” Rose said.
She said besides focusing on the elderly, the ministry was also responsible for optimising the potential of women in terms of social and economic development.
“In the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016 to 2020), the government has set forth a plan to increase women’s participation in the labour force to 59 per cent by 2020.
“The participation rate of women in the labour force has increased from 5.5 million in 2015 to 5.6 million in the third quarter of last year,” she said.
Rose said more than 23,000 elderly people had benefited from the ministry’s social innovations programme, such as its home help and mobile care services.
“Both innovations were designed to provide support services and transport for health treatment and other purposes for elderly people who live alone.”
Themed “Building Inclusive Societies”, the forum, which is being held at Sunway Putra Hotel here, will be officiated today by the Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, who is also MOST Intergovernmental Council president.
Upcoming programmes include a roundtable discussion on social innovation in which Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau will also participate.
Rohani will host an official dinner at Saloma Bistro and Theatre Restaurant here tonight.
Tomorrow, the roundtable discussion will revolve around efforts to empower women. Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid will share his expertise with other countries.
Lastly, Rohani, together with Cook Islands Health Minister Nandi Tuaine Glassie and Maldives Gender and Family Minister Aminath Zenysha Shaheed Zaki, will discuss matters concerning the ageing population.
The event, which began on March 14, will end tomorrow.
MOST is a programme under Unesco’s Commission of Social Sciences. Unesco aims to design, coordinate and implement its programmes and activities related to social sciences, inclusivity and gender equality.
Malaysia has been appointed as Unesco executive board member for the duration 2015 to 2019 through the Education Ministry.
MOST was launched to strengthen the dissemination of knowledge to member states by encouraging evidence-informed approaches through sustained dialogues between researchers and policymakers.
Datuk Dr Rose Lena Lazemi