Census officers brave hostility and tight security


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Jul 2016

Taking it all in stride: Selangor Statistics officer Noor Suhadha Ramli (2 nd from right) conducting the survey at Taman Pekan in Klang. Looking on (from left) is Dr Mohd Uzir and Selangor state director Ibrahim Jantan.

KLANG: Meeting hostile residents, dealing with tight security at posh condominiums – it is all in a day’s work for Statistics Department officers.

Apparently, some of these folk were uncooperative and even hostile to the officers who are conduc­ting a door-to-door survey.

The 2016-17 Household Income and Expenditure Survey started on May 16 and is expected to end next April 17.

At least 2,000 department staff and part-time enumerators are participating in the nationwide exercise.

Its Social and Demography deputy chief statistician Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the tight security at high rise condominiums had sometimes made it tough for officers to reach the targeted households.

Some residents at upmarket areas were even hostile and uncooperative, he added.

“While privacy is important for all, the educated group should be more open to disclose information upon request.

“The information is never disclosed as stated under the Statistics Act.

“So the people, especially those who are randomly chosen to become respondents, should realise the importance of giving accurate answers,” he said when met after visiting several residences in Ban­dar Bukit Raja here yesterday.

He said the public should know that the information they provide during the census would be used by the Government to improve policies and the implementation of nation-building.

“Statistics are the barometer that reflects the pulse of the country,” Dr Mohd Uzir said.

He said about 89,000 households had been randomly chosen.

“The data collected throughout the survey is processed and analysed every week, with invigilators vetting the authenticity from time to time,” he said.

He said the survey was relevant following the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in April last year.

He also noted that the department was working on a pilot project to measure the country’s efficiency in energy consumption.

“We want to balance development with green growth in the country,” Dr Mohd Uzir said.

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