The latest statistics from the Department of Economic Planning & Development shows that in 2016, the age group of those over 65 years is approximately 6 percent of the total population, an increase by 0.1 percent from the previous year. This is in line with report of the United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Human Development of the same year, which placed Brunei Darussalam "in the middle of transition", whereby Brunei Darussalam will continue to see a large jump in the working-age population until 2020, after which the increase will slow and move towards an ageing population. In another words, the demographic landscape of Brunei Darussalam will soon change.
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports made the remarks at a Forum on New Frontiers in Social Research on Ageing: Implications for Brunei Darussalam. It was held yesterday morning at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA), Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin stressed that in Brunei Darussalam, a pessimistic picture is not painted over of the ageing population, but they are rather seen as one of the critical stakeholders, working together to realise Wawasan Brunei 2035.
Also present was Datin Doctor Dayang Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice-Chancellor of UBD. The one-day forum hopes to develop research into the opportunities presented by ageing to build social and economic structures which will lead to a more resilient society, improve the relationship between generations and improve the wellbeing of older people who are going to be a larger segment of the society in years to come.
Source: Radio Television Brunei