KOTA KINABALU: Some 503,000 or 12.9% of the total population in Sabah have been accounted for in the ongoing census process as of Monday (March 8), according to the state Malaysian Statistics Department.
Sabah Statistics director Zainol Jamil said this is based on the estimated state population of 3.91 million people in 2020, which included over one million non-Malaysian citizens.
The census this time was done in various modes, with eCensus (online) contributing the higher percentage of 59.1%, while 40.9% of the census information was obtained in person (face-to-face) or through phone by census staff, he said in a statement here.
“The Kota Kinabalu district has the highest number of those who completed their census, with 100,862 individuals representing 18% of the population in the district, followed by Tawau with 16.5% (76,342) and Sandakan with 14.3% (71,533), ” he added.
Zainol said the increase of Covid-19 cases have also impacted the scheduled implementation of Phase 2 of the census via face-to-face.
“Therefore, there has been some rescheduling and any face-to-face census will be targeted ones according to districts.
“Census staff have started interviewing respondents at households statewide from Feb 18 and will continue until May 16, ” he added.
All census staff will have their identification card and are equipped with face masks and hand sanitisers in accordance with protocol.
The public are urged to give cooperation to the census staff and more information about the census process can be obtained through the department’s line at 088-307600 or by visiting www.dosm.gov.my and the official DOSM Sabah Facebook page.