Census rescheduled following spike in Covid-19 cases, says Tok Pa


  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 Oct 2020

A screenshot of the main landing page of the e-census website.

PETALING JAYA: The second phase of the Population and Housing Census to be carried out this month has been rescheduled to Jan 20 until Feb 6, 2021 in view of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, said Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs) said the second phase, which involves face-to-face interviews, was originally scheduled for Oct 7 to 24, but had been rescheduled.

The first phase of the census - the e-census and computer-assisted telephone interviews - which was extended to Oct 6 from Sept 30 will continue from Oct 7 until Dec 21, he added.

“During this period, people who have yet to complete filling in the census form are advised to do so at https://www.mycensus.gov.my/. This is to reduce the number of face-to-face interviews to prevent the risk of Covid-19 infection,” said Mustapa in a statement on Monday (Oct 5).

Mustapa said the Census Act 1960 (Revised 1969) requires members of the public to participate in the census and answer the questionnaire.

“The population and housing data is very important for the government to formulate policies for the well-being of the nation. This is to ensure that every plan meets the needs of the target groups and no one is left out,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the rescheduling will also involve a few strategies including a pre-registration of the e-Census starting from Oct 7 until Nov 30 this year while the last date to fill the e-Census will be on Dec 21.

"The Poskad ID of the e-Census will be sent to the targeted areas and the final date to fill the e-Census will be on Dec 21, 2020.

"Census 2020 is already in its 91st day based on the responses received. A total of 3.25mil or 10% have participated compared with Malaysia's estimated population of 32.7 million as of Oct 4," he said.

According to him, Putrajaya recorded the highest e-Census responses with a total of 62%, followed by Perak (17.4%), Johor (14%), Penang (13.6%), Negri Sembilan (12.3%), Kuala Lumpur (11.6%), and Selangor (11.2%).

The poorest response was from Kelantan (4.1%), Sabah (4.3%), and Terengganu (4.6%).

Other states such as Perlis recorded a total of 9.1% followed by Labuan (8.9%), Melaka (8.7%), Pahang (7.7%), Kedah (7.7%) and Sarawak (6.5%), he said.

For further information on the Census 2020, visit www.mycensus.gov.my or contact its hotline at (1-800-88-7720).

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economic Affairs) said the second phase, which involves face-to-face interviews, was originally scheduled for Oct 7 to 24, but had been rescheduled.

The first phase of the census - the e-census and computer-assisted telephone interviews - which was extended to Oct 6 from Sept 30 will continue from Oct 7 until Dec 21, he added.

“During this period, people who have yet to complete filling in the census form are advised to do so at https://www.mycensus.gov.my/. This is to reduce the number of face-to-face interviews to prevent the risk of Covid-19 infection,” said Mustapa in a statement on Monday (Oct 5).

Mustapa said the Census Act 1960 (Revised 1969) requires members of the public to participate in the census and answer the questionnaire.

“The population and housing data is very important for the government to formulate policies for the well-being of the nation. This is to ensure that every plan meets the needs of the target groups and no one is left out,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the rescheduling will also involve a few strategies including a pre-registration of the e-Census starting from Oct 7 until Nov 30 this year while the last date to fill the e-Census will be on Dec 21.

"The Poskad ID of the e-Census will be sent to the targeted areas and the final date to fill the e-Census will be on Dec 21, 2020.

"Census 2020 is already in its 91st day based on the responses received. A total of 3.25mil or 10% have participated compared with Malaysia's estimated population of 32.7 million as of Oct 4," he said.

According to him, Putrajaya recorded the highest e-Census responses with a total of 62%, followed by Perak (17.4%), Johor (14%), Penang (13.6%), Negri Sembilan (12.3%), Kuala Lumpur (11.6%), and Selangor (11.2%).

The poorest response was from Kelantan (4.1%), Sabah (4.3%), and Terengganu (4.6%).

Other states such as Perlis recorded a total of 9.1% followed by Labuan (8.9%), Melaka (8.7%), Pahang (7.7%), Kedah (7.7%) and Sarawak (6.5%), he said.

For further information on the Census 2020, visit www.mycensus.gov.my or contact its hotline at (1-800-88-7720).

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