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'Law protecting seniors can't be rushed'

Publish date: Thu, 20 Jun 2024, 09:10 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: A law to protect senior citizens cannot be rushed so as to avoid frequent amendments, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

In an interview on the New Straits Times' "Beyond the Headlines" talk show, she said the robustness of a law could be judged by how it adapted to the evolving needs of modern societies.

She said the ministry was committed to addressing the needs of an ageing population and highlighted that many elderly individuals didn't want to burden their children.

"Many are of the opinion that their children should not worry about them as they can sell their houses and buy property within retirement villages.

"But some have expressed concern about the lack of elderly facilities in their cities.

"There are still many issues to discuss, but it is well on the way and this is why we are diligent in drafting this bill," added Nancy.

The minister is also open to the idea of granting tax exemptions to those supporting elderly relatives, apart from medical care.

The ministry, she said, held a proactive stance on addressing issues related to elderly care and was dedicated to improving the quality of life for senior citizens.

"Currently, we are helping corporate social responsibility sponsorships through Yayasan Kebajikan Negara and with tax exemptions, are looking to encourage more sponsors.

"It is an approach that is not seen as a liability but as an investment for the country."

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