M’sians’ life ex­pectancy up

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PUTRAJAYA: The Sta­tis­tics Depart­ment said a male child born in 2016 can ex­pect to live up to 72.6 years, com­pared to 71.9 years in 2010, while a fe­male child, up to 77.2 years com­pared to 76.6 years in 2010.

“The dif­fer­ence in life ex­pectancy at birth be­tween the gen­ders is an in­ter­val of 4.6 to 4.7 years through­out 2010 un­til 2016,” said the depart­ment in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

It said a man who is 65 years old in 2016 is ex­pected to live for a fur­ther 14.9 years, while for a woman, 16.9 years.

The depart­ment said the Chi­nese com­mu­nity recorded the high­est life ex­pectancy at birth, at 77.3 years, fol­lowed by the bu­mipu­tra com­mu­nity (73.6 years) and In­dian com­mu­nity (71.8 years).

It said the high­est life ex­pectancy ac­cord­ing to gen­der was also recorded among the Chi­nese at 75 years for male and 79.9 years for fe­male.

The low­est life ex­pectancy was recorded among the In­dian com­mu­nity, at 67.8 years for male and 76 years for fe­male, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

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