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Published: Friday July 29, 2011 MYT 8:20:00 PM
Updated: Friday July 29, 2011 MYT 8:27:38 PM

Slightly more men than women in Malaysian population

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia now has a population of 28.3 million, compared with 23.3 million a decade earlier, with men outnumbering women, according to the Malaysian Population and Housing Census 2010.

The male population is 14.56 million while female 13.77 million, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop when announcing the report here Friday.

He said the average annual population growth rate was 2 percent from 2000 to 2010, declining from 2.6 percent from 1991 to 2000.

"Unlike previous reports which incorporated initial census data, this report contains final data which had taken into account the errors in the survey and content derived from the Census Survey Evaluation Investigation," he said.

The 2010 census was the fifth census conducted to generate useful data for planning and implementation of the national development policy.

Previous censuses were conducted in 1970, 1980, 1991 and 2000. Nor Mohamed said Selangor registered the highest population with 5.46 million followed by Johor (3.35 million) and Sabah (3.21 million) while Putrajaya had the smallest with 72,413 people followed by Labuan (86,908).

He said Kuala Lumpur was the most densely populated area with 6,891 people per sq km followed by Penang (1,490) and (1,478).

Apart from Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, whose level of urbanisation is 100 percent, Selangor and Penang recorded high level of urbanisation at 91.4 percent and 90.8 percent respectively, he added.

He said states with low level of urbanisation were Kelantan (42.4 percent), Pahang (50.5 percent) and Perlis (51.4 percent).

Nor Mohamed said of 28.3 million people in the country, Malaysian citizens accounted for 91.8 percent and non-citizens 8.2 percent.

Nor Mohamed said bumiputera accounted for 67.4 percent of Malaysian citizens followed by Chinese (24.6 percent), Indians (7.3 percent), others (0.7 percent).

He said in the peninsular, the Malays accounted for 63.1 percent of the population while in Sarawak, the Ibans (30.3 percent) and in Sabah, the Kadazan/Dusun (24.5 percent).

Chief statistician Datuk Wan Ramlah Wan Abdul Raof was present. - Bernama

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