Department to carry out nationwide census next month

THE Statistics Department Malaysia will conduct a population and housing census throughout the country starting from July 6 to August 22.

The census is an enumeration process on all residence and population. It is the fifth census to be conducted since the formation of Malaysia in 1963. The legal basis for undertaking the census is provided for by the Census Act 1960 (revised 1969).

The department said a total of 348 supervisors and 2,173 part-time officers, who would be wearing official name tags from the department, would conduct the census in the state, covering 31 districts and five jurisdictions under the local authorities.

They will go from door-to-door to carry out interviews. The public can also fill up the census forms that are available online at

“The Census Act makes it obligatory for members of the public to answer all census questions faithfully concerning their ages, genders, ethnic groups, marital status, socio-economic status and types of residential,” the department said in a press statement.

The department said data collected from the census would provide a comprehensive sets of statistical information that will be used in the planning, formulation and implementation of government policies as well as by researchers and other individuals.

The statement said, information furnished in respect of individual data for the census would be treated with full confidentially as guaranteed under the Census Act.

The department estimated the country’s population at 28.9mil including 2.5mil in Sarawak.

For any public inquiries, the public can contact the toll free hotline at 1-800-88-7828 or the nearest district offices or local authorities namely Kuching City South Council, Kuching City North Hall, Sibu Municipal Council, Bintulu Development Authority and Miri City Council.

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