AS Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said at the launch on Tuesday of the Malaysian Population and Housing Census 2020 (Census 2020), the data gathering exercise will give an accurate picture of Malaysia’s demographics that will help planners devise and implement plans that will shape the lives and livelihoods of future generations.
The importance of collecting accurate data about education, health, recreational facilities, road networks and housing cannot be overemphasised.
We actually realise the importance of such data collection and analysis daily when we open our mobile phones first thing in the morning, as most of us do, to browse for data and then use the information to organise and plan our lives.
The data collected from the federal census serves a similar purpose, albeit on a national scale.
That is why giving accurate and truthful information is vital. Accurate data from the census is important for the government to draw up the annual budget and formulate policies on education, housing, health and infrastructure development.
Participating in the census is therefore in everyone’s best interest. And everyone must give it as much thought and commitment as they give to their vote during elections.
While the data collected is meant primarily for the government, it is also important that some relevant statistics be made available to the community.
This would allow community organisations to better tailor their social service programmes and community projects. Similarly, businesses can use the numbers to decide where to locate factories, shopping malls, offices, etc, all of which leads to new jobs and services.
Census 2020 will be carried out in two phases. The first phase is the e-census system that lasts until Sept 30. The second, involving face-to-face interviews, will run from Oct 7 till Oct 24.
And so, fill up your e-census form now to answer the 108 questions.
And when the census people come knocking in October, give them your full cooperation and the required information because you know that what you give, you will get back in bountiful and numerous ways.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE , Chairman, Alliance For a Safe Community
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