Malaysia Demographics Population Religion Percentage by City Immigrants

Last Modified: February 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Malaysia Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2019

The demographics of Malaysia are represented by the multiple ethnic groups that exist in this country. Malaysia's Malaysia Demographics Population Religion Percentage 2017population, according to the 2010 census, is 28,334,000 including non-citizens, which makes it the 41st most populated country in the world. Of these, 5.72 million live in East Malaysia and 22.5 million live in Peninsular Malaysia. The population distribution is uneven, with some 79% of its citizens concentrated in Peninsular Malaysia, which has an area of 131,598 square kilometres (50,810.27 sq mi) constituting under 40% of the total area of Malaysia.

The Malaysian population is growing at a rate of 1.94% per annum as of 2017. According to latest projection of the 2010 census, among the three largest Malaysian groups Malays and Bumiputera fertility rates are at 2.4 children per woman, Chinese 1.4 children per woman, and Indians 1.8 children per woman. Malay fertility rates are 40% higher than Malaysian Indians and 56% higher than Malaysian Chinese. Population projections in 2017 show that the Malays and Bumiputeras comprised a total of 68.8%, Chinese 23.2%, and the Indians 7.0% of the total population. The Chinese population has shrunk from the figures of 1957 when it was about 40% of Malaya, although in absolute numbers they have multiplied around threefold by 2017 in Malaysia (2.4 million in 1957 to 6.6 million in 2017, the later figure include East Malaysia), but dwarfed by the fivefold increase of Malays (from around 3.1 million in 1957 to 15.5 million in 2017).

Malaysia demographics Population by Religion

Religion in Malaysia

  Islam (61.3%)

  Buddhism (19.8%)

  Christianity (9.2%)

  Hinduism (6.3%)

  Confucianism, Taoism and other traditional Chinese religions (1.3%)

  Atheism (0.7%)

  Other or no information (1.4%)


 Malaysia demographics Population by Immigrants

Immigration to Malaysia is the process by which people migrate to Malaysia to reside in the country. The majority of these individuals become Malaysian citizens. After 1957, domestic immigration law and policy went through major changes, most notably with the Immigration Act 1959/63. Malaysian immigration policies are still evolving.

In Malaysia there are four categories of immigrants: family class (closely related persons of Malaysian residents living in Malaysia), economic immigrants (skilled workers and business people), other (people accepted as immigrants for humanitarian or compassionate reasons) and refugees (people who are escaping persecution, torture or cruel and unusual punishment).

Currently, Malaysia is known as a country with a broad immigration policy which is reflected in Malaysia's ethnic diversity. According to the 2010 census by Department of Statistics Malaysia, Malaysia has more than 50 ethnic groups with at least 30% of current Malaysians are first- or second-generation immigrant, and 20 percent of Malaysian residents in the 2000s were not born in Malaysian soil.

Rank

Country of birth

Population of naturalised Malaysian citizen

1

 China

69,904

2

 Indonesia

38,204

3

 India

19,301

 

Total

688,766


 Malaysia demographics Population by Race
.

Rank

Ethnic Group

Share of Population of Malaysia

1

Malay (or Muslim Malay)

50.10%

2

Chinese Malaysians

22.60%

3

Non-Malay Bumiputera and Other Indigenous Groups

11.80%

4

Indian Malaysians

6.70%

5

Other Groups

8.80%

 Malaysia Population by City
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Population of Cities in Malaysia

Name

Population 

Kota Bharu

1,459,994

Kuala Lumpur

1,453,975

Klang

879,867

Kampung Baru Subang

833,571

Johor Bahru

802,489

Subang Jaya

708,296

Ipoh

673,318

Kuching

570,407

Petaling Jaya

520,698

Shah Alam

481,654

 

 

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