Malaysia’s population grows 0.4 pct in 2020

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KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Xinhua) — Malaysia’s population in 2020 is estimated to grow 0.4 percent to 32.7 million as compared to 32.5 million in 2019.

Malaysian Statistics Department, in releasing the 2020 version of Current Population Estimates, said the decline of population growth rate is attributed to the decrease in the number of non-citizens from 3.1 million last year to 3 million.

“This is in line with the closure of our national borders and the return of foreigners to their respective countries during the Movement Control Order following the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide,” said the department.

The growth rate of citizens remained stable at 1.1 percent with the population increasing to 29.7 million from 29.4 million in 2019.

Meanwhile, the male population outnumbered the female with 16.8 million and 15.9 million respectively.

The percentage of the population aged 0 to 14 years decreased to 23.3 percent compared with 23.5 percent in 2019. The overall percentage of 15 to 64 years also decreased from 69.8 percent in 2019 to 69.7 percent in 2020.

“This is due to the reduction in the non-citizen population, which mostly comprises foreign workers,” said the department.

The percentage of the population aged 65 years and over increased from 6.7 percent to 7 percent over the same period. Enditem

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