Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Number of the day: 923,300 people in Sabah are non-Malaysians

I don't know about you but for me this is very disturbing.

About 923,300 out of 3.12 million of the population is about 30%. Or almost one third of the people walking among us are non-Malaysian. They can be expatriates, valid passport holders, registered workers, or at the worst illegal immigrants. Refer to a comprehensive geographical population distribution in my previous article.

According to the latest census in 2012, Sabah , with 3.12 million people, is the third most populous state in Malaysia, after Selangor and Johor.

It is interesting how Sabah quickly overtook Sarawak, the biggest state in Malaysia, in terms of population growth between 1970 and 2010. The following table is a summary of an article published in the Daily Express, July 13, 2012:

    1970   2010        Increase

The following is the statistics of Sabah population gathered from the Daily Express, DE, publication, July 13, 2012, page 10. I have quoted my source; in case that you disagree, the Department of Statistics is the place to go.

                 1991              2000              2010
    plus Muslim Bumiputera48,36569,014               NA
    Other Bumiputeras246,735                NA448,800
    Other Races180,433133,766148,700

          NA - figures not available

Compared to National Population Growth

The annual national population growth is about 2% (The Star Online, July 12, 2012), while Sabah registered a growth rate of about 2.1% in 2010. However, between 1980 and 1991 (DE) Sabah registered a 'population explosion' of 6.54%.

1991 - 2000 : 2.97%
1980 - 1991 : 6.54%

No state in Malaysia ever registered population growth of such magnitude!

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