Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Socio-economic development and mortality patterns and trends in Malaysia

Mortality in Peninsular Malaysia has reached a level which is quite similar to that prevailing in the low mortality countries (World Health Organization, 1982: 17). As in countries such as China, Japan, Singapore and Sri Lanka, neoplasms and cardiovascular diseases, which previously had been minor causes of death in Malaysia, have become important in recent years (World Health Organization, 1982: 20).


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