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In 2020, Male: 16.2 mil ; Female: 17.5 mil
In 2020, Malaysia Population to reach 33.8 mil

Vital Statistics, Malaysia, 2020

Release Date : Thursday 19, November 2020 1200

LIVE BIRTHS

Live births in 2019 was the lowest in a decade

The number of live births was 487,957 in 2019, a decrease of 2.8 per cent as compared to 501,945 in 2018. The Crude Birth Rate (CBR) declined from 15.5 (2018) to 15.0 (2019) births per thousand population.

CBR of female dropped significantly

Out of 487,957 newborn in 2019, 252,490 (51.7%) were males. The CBR for both sexes declined but CBR of female dropped significantly from 15.5 per thousand population in 2018 to 14.9 births in 2019.

Pulau Pinang continued to record the lowest CBR

CBR for all states dropped in 2019 as compared to 2018, except for W.P. Kuala Lumpur which increased from 13.5 births per thousand population in 2018 to 15.2 births in 2019. Pulau Pinang continued to record the lowest rate at 11.4 births per thousand population. On the contrary, W.P. Putrajaya registered the highest rate of 22.3 births per thousand population.

 

Exhibit 1: Crude Birth Rate by state, Malaysia, 2018 and 2019

 

 

 

Kuala Terengganu district recorded the highest CBR

The district of Kuala Terengganu recorded the highest CBR in 2019 with 26.6 births per thousand population. This was followed by Marang, Terengganu (24.7) and Pitas, Sabah (23.1). Meanwhile, the lowest CBR were record in Kinabatangan, Sabah at 3.5 births per thousand population, followed by Bagan Datuk, Perak (6.0) and Putatan, Sabah (6.8).

 

FERTILITY

Total Fertility Rate (TFR) continue to decline over three decades

Over the last three decades in Malaysia, fertility measured by TFR declined dramatically from 4.9 children per woman of childbearing age in 1970 to 1.8 in 2019.

Since 2013, the national TFR was well below the replacement level of 2.1 which indicates that the average number of babies born per woman throughout her reproductive life has been insufficient to replace herself and her partner.

 

DEATHS

The number of deaths increased

The number of deaths in 2019 was 173,746, increased 1.0 per cent to as compared to 172,031 deaths in 2018. The Crude Death Rate (CDR) remained at 5.3 deaths per thousand population in 2019.

Perlis recorded the highest CDR whilst W.P. Putrajaya the lowest

Seven states recorded a decrease in CDR for 2019 as compared to 2018. Meanwhile, eight states recorded an increase and one state remained unchanged.

Perlis recorded the highest CDR of 7.8 deaths per thousand population whilst W.P. Putrajaya recorded the lowest rate of 2.0 in 2019.

 

Exhibit 2: Crude Death Rate by state, Malaysia, 2018 and 2019

 

Kanowit, Sarawak recorded the highest CDR in 2019

Kanowit, Sarawak recorded the highest CDR in 2019 with 8.9 deaths per thousand population, followed by Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan (8.6) and Kuala Penyu, Sabah (8.4). Meanwhile, the Kinabatangan district in Sabah recorded the lowest CDR with 0.9 deaths per thousand population, followed by Lahad Datu, Sabah (2.2) and Belaga, Sarawak (2.3).

 

 

STILLBIRTHS

W.P. Labuan recorded the lowest SBR

The number of stillbirths and Stillbirth Rate (SBR) in 2019 declined as compared to 2018 i.e. from 2,755 to 2,626 and from 5.5 to 5.4 per thousand births respectively. Perlis recorded the highest SBR of 7.1 per thousand births while W.P. Labuan recorded the lowest rate of 2.4 in 2019.

 

         

 

      

               

 

Released By:

DATO' SRI DR. MOHD UZIR MAHIDIN
CHIEF STATISTICIAN MALAYSIA
DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS, MALAYSIA
 DrUzir_Mahidin    Dr_Uzir

19 November 2020

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Department of Statistics, Malaysia
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