PUTRAJAYA: Some 12.3 million people or almost half the Malaysian population are handphone users, according to a Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) survey.
The figure is quite high by any standard and indicates that using a handphone has become the norm for Malaysians, said MCMC general manager (Industrial Development Division) Bistamam Siru Abdul Rahman.
He said Malays made up 47.5% of the subscriber base, followed by the Chinese (32.4%), Indians (6.9%) and Bumiputras in Sabah and Sarawak (5.4%).
The MCMC Handphone Users Survey 2004 was carried out between July 22 and Sept 19, 2004 to estimate the proportions in the subscriber base with demographic and socio-economic attributes of interest.
The data was collected directly from a sample of 4,925 subscribers whose handphone numbers were randomly generated by a computer.
It (the handphone) is also becoming a personalised item nowadays, he said, adding that 57% of the respondents disclosed that they do not have a fixed line at their homes.
And it is also interesting to note that as many as 50.7% of those with a fixed line phone at home reported an inclination to use the handphone even if the fixed line phone was not in use, he said. Bernama