Population grew 1% last year, slight drop in birth rate

Malaysia’s population stood at 32.2 million in 2018, up 1.1% from the previous year.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Statistics’ report on demographic data for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018 today showed that the country’s population grew 1.1% to 32.6 million, compared to 32.2 million in Q4 2017.

Chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin said 16.8 million were males and 15.8 million were females.

The report also put Selangor as the most populous state with 6.5 million people, while Putrajaya has the lowest population with 91,900 people.

There were 127,400 live births in Q4 2018, a decrease of 2.5% compared to Q4 2017, which had 130,600 live births.

A total of 65,800 were male babies and 61,600 were female babies.

Selangor registered the highest number of live births at 25,600 and Labuan the lowest number at 420 births in Q4 2018.

There were 41,400 deaths in Q4 2018, a decrease of 1.9% compared to Q4 2017, which had 42,200 deaths.

The number of deaths recorded for males was 23,800, while females was 17,600. On average, total deaths in Q4 2018 was 13,800 per month.

Selangor recorded the highest number of people passing away at 6,700, while Putrajaya recorded the lowest at 58, the statement said.