Malaysia Ageing and Retirement Survey (MARS) is a major research undertaking by the Social Wellbeing Research Centre (SWRC) to produce nationwide longitudinal micro-level data relating to ageing and retirement involving personal interviews of individuals aged 40 years and older in Malaysia.
MARS collects information on vital issues impacting their lives which include personal (background characteristics, etc.), family (relationship with spouse, parents, children, siblings, transfers, etc.), health (health status, diagnosed illness, healthcare utilisation, physical measurement, etc.), economic (work, employment, retirement, income, etc.) and other social factors (friends, social participation, etc).
MARS data are to be harmonised with leading international research data so as to enable adoption of best practices and comparability of findings across participating countries around the world.
It is hoped that the rich potential of MARS data from such a longitudinal study will become a pivotal source of invaluable inputs in promoting research and development opportunities, and enhancing policy making for active and healthy ageing in Malaysia.
This report presents a snapshot of the findings on selected variables of interest based on the total sample and where applicable, across the subgroups of the sample, in particular age and sex. The calculation of certain categories may not always be the same between tables due to independent rounding. Percentages shown in the charts or graphics were computed from actual absolute figures and may not always add up exactly to 100 per cent because of the rounding method used.