Malaysia’s population estimated to rise 0.6 per cent to 32.6 million this year

KUALA LUMPUR (Xinhua) – Malaysia’s population this year is estimated to rise 0.6 per cent year-on-year to 32.6 million, slower than its annual growth rate of 1.1 percent last year, a government agency said yesterday.

The Malaysian Statistics Department said in a statement that the declined population growth rate was due to the decrease in both fertility rates and net international migration.

Malaysia’s population last year grew 1.1 per cent year-on-year to 32.4 million.

According to the statement, of the total population of 32.6 million this year, 29.4 million or 90.2 per cent are citizens while non-citizens accounted for 3.2 million or 9.8 per cent of the total population.