KUALA LUMPUR: The newly launched Malaysian Coalition on Ageing has proposed that the government introduce a ministry to uphold the needs of the elderly, including facilitating the provision of services for senior citizens.
Founding member Cheah Tuck Wing said a separate ministry was necessary because the senior community’s urgent requirements were not adequately addressed.
“The social welfare department under the women, family and community development ministry has too many responsibilities as it has to look into the affairs of not only the elderly but also women, children and the disabled.
“A dedicated ministry is much needed for better delivery of services for senior citizens.
“For that purpose, we want to engage with the government as partners instead of critics,” he said after launching the coalition today, citing the increasing number of senior citizens as the main reason.
Cheah said the coalition was also advocating for social security and benefits, as well as public infrastructure and facilities better catered to the elderly.
The coalition comprises nine societies, including the Association for Residential Aged Care Operators of Malaysia, Nursing Care Association Selangor, Goldenage Welfare Association Malaysia and Seniors Aloud.