Live births in Malaysia drop 3% in 3Q22

KUALA LUMPUR – The number of live births in Malaysia for the third quarter of 2022 (3Q22) decreased by 3% to 109,397 from 112,776 births recorded in the 3Q21, according to the latest demographic statistics released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DoSM).

In a statement today, DoSM said male babies outnumbered female babies with 56,572 births compared to female babies (52,825 births).

“Selangor recorded the highest live births with 22,260 births (20.3%) while Labuan recorded the lowest with only 376 births (0.3%),” it said.

Meanwhile, the statement also said that a total of 50,276 deaths was recorded in 3Q22, which is a decrease of 31.7% compared to 3Q21 (73,606 deaths), with the number of deaths recorded for males 28,533 while females 21,743 deaths. 

Selangor recorded the highest number of deaths with 7,744 deaths (15.4%), while Putrajaya was the lowest with 58 deaths (0.1%).

“Deaths due to Covid-19 decreased in 3Q22 to 597 from 21,104 in 3Q21. This contributed 1.2% from the total number of deaths in 3Q22,” it said.

The statement said Malaysia’s population in 3Q22 was estimated at 32.9 million, an increase of 0.9% from 32.6 million in 3Q21. 

“The three states with the highest population are Selangor (21.6%), followed by Johor (12.3%) and Sabah (10.4%).

“Males population increased from 17.1 million to 17.3 million compared to 3Q21 while females increased from 15.5 million to 15.6 million in the same period. The sex ratio was 111 males per 100 females,” it added. – Bernama