PUTRAJAYA: There was a slight but steady increase in the number of divorces recorded in Malaysia over a 10-year period, with over 33,000 couples splitting up in 2010.
Figures from the Malaysian Quality of Life (MQLI) 2011 report showed that 0.22% of marriages among Malaysians aged from 18-50 ended in divorce in 2010, almost double the 0.13% recorded in 2000.
Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director of macro-economics Allauddin Anuar said 80% of the divorces involved Muslim couples.
This was based on figures from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and the National Registration Department (NRD).
“Among the reasons for the increase in divorce rates is early marriage, which we are trying to mitigate through counselling. Another factor is change in lifestyle,” he said after presenting a briefing on the report here.
EPU figures showed 33,788 divorces as opposed to 207,553 marriages registered in 2010.
There were no exact figures available for 2000, but the 2010 figures showed a notable increase from the 26,432 divorces and 194,240 marriages recorded in 2008.
“One key factor that we look at is the children. No matter how a divorce turns out, the children are always affected,” said Allauddin.
On the rate of juvenile crimes, Allauddin said the percentage was down to 0.06% of the population aged from 10 to 18 in 2010, half the 0.12% rate in 2000.
The divorce rate aside, the MQLI 2011 report found that the quality of life for Malaysians had improved over the 10-year period, with the biggest improvement recorded in the education sector. National literacy rate rose to 93.1% in 2010 compared to 90% in 2000.
The country also saw a marked improvement in teacher to student ratio, with one teacher for every 13 students in 2010.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, who launched the report, said this was reflective of the various measures taken by the Government to provide a better and more comfortable life for Malaysians-TheStar