KUCHING, May 23 (Bernama) -- The government is viewing seriously the issue
concerning the rising trend of late marriage, especially among highly-educated
National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) deputy
director-general (Policy) Dr Anjli Doshi Gandhi said this was because the trend
could bring about negative implications to the marriage institution.
She said the current statistics showed that 30 per cent of unmarried women
aged between 25 and 29, while 25 per cent of unmarried men aged between 30 and
"We view seriously the trend of late marriage, especially among women, who
often say that they haven''t met their soulmate as an excuse for not getting
married," she said in a state-level briefing on the National Family Policy here
She said one of the factors for men in early 30s to stay single was
financial instability, she said.
Meanwhile, Minister in the Chief Minister''s Office Datin Fatimah Abdullah,
when opening the ceremony, said one third of Malaysia''s 27.5 million population
comprised those aged below 15, who would reach the suitable age for marriage by
Hence, she said a comprehensive policy was needed to face the challenges of
family development, as the group would give a tremendous increase to the number
of households from the current 6.3 million.