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Malaysia now has a population of 28.3 million at the end of 2010 compared with 23.3 million in 2010 according to the Malaysian Population and Housing Census 2010. The average annual population growth rate was 2% from 2000 to 2010, declining from 2.6% from 1991 to 2000.
Of 28.3 million people in the country, Malaysian citizens accounted for 91.8 percent and non-citizens 8.2 percent. Male’s population is more than female. The male population is 14.6 million while female is 13.8 million.
Bumiputera accounted for 67.4% of Malaysian citizens followed by Chinese (24.6%), Indians (7.3%), others (0.7%). In the peninsular, the Malays accounted for 63.1% of the population while in Sarawak, the Ibans (30.3%) and in Sabah, the Kadazan/Dusun (24.5 %).
Selangor registered the highest population with 5.46 million followed by Johor (3.35 million) and Sabah (3.21 million) while Putrajaya had the smallest with 72,413 people followed by Labuan (86,908). Kuala Lumpur was the most densely populated area with 6,891 people per sq km followed by Penang (1,490) and (1,478).
Source: TheStar, Saturday, July 30, 2011