KUALALUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur may soon become a city comprising of mostly rich Malaysians and expatriates and poor migrant workers.
This is the prediction of the MP for Serdang Ong Kian Ming, based on the latest interstate migration report.
The Migration Report 2016, released on May 26, shows that the state with the highest net migration was Selangor, followed by Penang.
In the period 2015-2016, Selangor experienced a net migration of 19,400 persons while Penang experienced a net migration of 12,000 persons.
Ong said in a statement today that according to the 2016 Migration Report, 61% of those leaving Kuala Lumpur had moved to Selangor in the period from 2015-2016 while 62% of out-migrants from KL had moved to Selangor in the period from 2014-2015.
“If these trends continue, Kuala Lumpur will soon be a city comprising mostly rich Malaysians and expatriates and also poor migrant workers,” he added.
Ong, a DAP strategist, said the willingness of people to move to Selangor and Penang was not a short-term phenomenon.
Quoting data from the 2011 to 2016 migration reports, he said the net migration for Selangor and Penang were 125,400 and 49,800 respectively making Selangor and Penang the top two states in terms of net migration.
He reads this as an indication of the preference of an increasing number of Malaysians for the system of governance in these two states, both of which are under the federal opposition.
“The figures from the migration reports clearly show that Malaysians are voting with their feet by moving in large numbers to Selangor and Penang. This is a clear indication that Malaysians have confidence in the state governments of Selangor and Penang under Pakatan Harapan.”
He said the achievement of Penang was even more remarkable when one considered that it was only the eight most populous state in Malaysia and yet, it was able to attract the second highest number of net migrants in the country.
The 2016 Migration Report states: “For the period of 2015-2016, Pulau Pinang registered the highest positive effectiveness ratio of migration at 58.4%. This means that the people of Pulau Pinang will be increased by 58 persons for every 100 of inter-state migrants that migrate in and out of the state”.
On the other hand, the two states with the largest outflow of population were Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur and Perak, with a net outflow of 163,400 and 40,000 respectively from 2009 to 2016.
Ong noted that the reasons for these migration patterns were not given in the migration report but it was likely that the state of Perak was losing its population because of better job prospects in places like Selangor and Penang.
“For Kuala Lumpur, it is likely that it is losing population because of high housing prices and, possibly, the more attractive policies offered by the Selangor state government,” Ong added.