JOHOR BARU: About 9,000 enumerators have been hired to conduct face-to-face interviews nationwide for the Malaysia Population and Housing Census (Census 2020) under the Department of Statistics Malaysia.
Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the face-to-face interviews started in February in green zone areas, with adherence to the Covid-19 standard operating procedure imposed by the National Security Council.
“The hired enumerators are local residents in their respective areas as they have better ground information, which will make it easier for them to gather information.
“Each enumerator needs to undergo body temperature checks before and after going out to collect data and those with symptoms will not be allowed to partake in their duty and will be advised to take a swab test, ” he said when contacted yesterday.
Uzir said the department could not depend entirely on the online census or e-Census to achieve its target of 100% completion rates.
“We need face-to-face interviews, especially in rural areas.
“The focus will be on areas that are free from infections or have lower recorded numbers. We will skip areas that are categorised as red zones until the situation is under control, ” he added.
Uzir also said enumerators will usually go on weekends instead of weekdays, when the majority of the public are working.
“Some of them might go in the evening or even at night.
“So far, the public response from the face-to-face interviews has been positive and we hope to get more participation, ” he said.
As of Tuesday, the department had recorded 43.3% of the population or 14.1 million residents under Census 2020.
According to Uzir, the highest contributors were from Putrajaya at 99.7%, followed by Johor (62.3%), Perak (58.9%), Kelantan (56.0%), Melaka (55.2%), Perlis (54.2%) and Terengganu (51.1%).
The department expects the exercise to be fully completed by June, he added.