Malaysia’s population hits 32m in 2Q19, rise in age group over 65


MALAYSIA’S population is estimated to have risen to 32.58 million in the second quarter of 2019 (2Q19), compared to 32.38 million in the same period last year.

Commenting on the Demographic Statistics report for the period, chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin (picture) said the figure comprised 29.38 million (90.2%) citizens and 3.2 million (9.8%) non-citizens.

“Residents who are non-citizens recorded a decline of 0.1 million people (in that period),” he said in a statement yesterday.

Mohd Uzir said in 2Q19, the male population surpassed the female population with the gender ratio remaining at 107 men per 100 women.

He said the male population increased to 16.83 million compared to 16.72 million in the same period last year, while the female population increased from 15.66 million to 15.75 million.

Mohd Uzir said Selangor recorded the highest population in 2Q19 with 6.53 million, while Labuan had the lowest population of 99,300.

According to him, the 0-14 age group dropped to 7.6 million from 7.71 million in the same period last year.

Those aged 65 and above also increased from 2.09 million to 2.19 million for the same period, he said.

Mohd Uzir said the trend is in line with developed countries that are heading towards an ageing population.

During the same period, he said 123,102 live births were recorded, while the death toll was 42,027. — Bernama