Chief statistician: Don't wait till last minute to do e-Census

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  • Friday, 24 Jul 2020

For the good of the country: The public are advised to complete the e-Census form between July 7 and Sept 30. Phase 2 will involve face-to-face interviews. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The public should not wait until the last minute to fill the online survey form (e-Census) in the Population and Housing Census 2020 (Census 2020) to avoid network congestion.

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the relatively long period given to the public to do so had resulted in many delaying to provide the data and this could create problems.

He said more than 200,000 people had submitted their e-Census since it was implemented on July 7.

"So far, Sabah and Sarawak have the highest number of e-Census, and now we (Department of Statistics) are focusing on encouraging those at the ministry and agency levels, as well as business premises, to fill the e-Census," he told Bernama.

The census project, which is entering its sixth year, involves some 32.7 million people and nine million residential areas in two phases. The first phase from July 7 to Sept 30 is via the e-Census, while the second phase from from Oct 7-24 will be through face-to-face interviews.

Mohd Uzir, who is also Census 2020 commissioner, said e-Census could be completed as a family activity as the questions involved the household.

He said the face-to-face interview in the second phase would be carried out while following standard operating procedure (SOP) to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said the public should realise that the findings of the census would shape the country’s demographic, social and economic structure for the next 10 years, thus enabling the government to provide better facilities to the people.

"The public does not have to worry, we do not use individual data personally.

"They have to fill it in good faith and if the information is inaccurate, it will not represent the real situation," he said.

The 2020 Population and Housing Census of Malaysia, themed "Your Data Our Future", will be used as a key source in preparing national development plans.

It will provide a true picture of the current population situation in Malaysia to be used as a source of reference and an important basis for national development planning.

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