Life expectancy at birth of Malaysians is on the rising trend. In 2015, a newborn is expected to live up to 74.8 years, an increase of 0.7 years from 74.1 years in 2010, according to the latest data furnished by the Statistics Department.
On average, a new-born female is expected to live longer than a new-born male. A new-born female in 2015 is expected to live up to 77.4 years as opposed to 72.5 years for their male counterpart, an increase of 0.8 years and 0.6 years, respectively as compared to 2010.
“The difference in life expectancy at birth between sexes in 2015 was 4.9 years,” the Statistics Department pointed out in a media release.
This follows the publication of Abridged Life Tables, Malaysia, 2012-2015 which provides estimates of life expectancy by age, ethnic group and sex based on age-specific mortality rates. Among others, the report highlights life expectancy at birth; life expectancy at 15 years; life expectancy at 65 years and life expectancy by major ethnic group.
According to the report, life expectancy at the age of 15 has continued to improve over the years. Between 2010 and 2015, life expectancy increased by 0.5 year for males and 0.8 year for females.
“On the overall, the difference in life expectancy at 15 years between males and females is 4.8 years in 2015,” noted the report.
Males who reach the age of 65 in 2015 are expected to live for another 14.9 years, an increase of 0.6 year as compared to 2010. On the other hand, females are expected to live for another 16.9 years, an increase of 0.8 year from 16.1 years in 2010.
“The difference in life expectancy between sexes in 2015 is 2.0 years as compared to 1.8 years in 2010,” revealed the report.
Throughout the period of 2010-2015, Chinese continued to have the highest life expectancy among major ethnic groups in Malaysia – at 75.1 years for male and 80.1 years for female. On the contrary, Indians recorded the lowest life expectancy at birth with 67.7 years (male) and 75.8 years (female).
More broadly, all ethnic groups recorded an increase in life expectancy at birth for the period of 2010 to 2015. For males, the Chinese recorded the highest increase in life expectancy with 0.7 year followed by Bumiputera (0.5 year) and Indians (0.1 year).
“The Chinese also had the highest increase of life expectancy for female by 1.0 year followed by Bumiputera (0.7 year) and Indians (0.1 year),” added the report.