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4.4% Fewer Babies, 10.1% More Dead In Q2 2021, Says DOSM

4.4% Fewer Babies, 10.1% More Dead In Q2 2021, Says DOSM

Malaysia’s population is shrinking, just a bit, thanks to the pandemic.

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According to the latest numbers from the Department of Statistics, as of the second quarter of 2021, there are an estimated 32.66 million Malaysians, an increase of 0.2% during the same quarter last year.

When divided by gender, it is almost an even split with 106 males per 100 females in the country.

Even when we look at the population by age, the two genders mirrored each other.

However, there are more women in the 65+ age group, which shows that in Malaysia women live longer.


The statistics also show that there were 111,573 live births in the second quarter of 2021, a 4.4% decrease from the 1116,688 births recorded in the second quarter of 2020.

There were also more female babies (55,811), versus male babies (55,692), born this quarter. A flip flop of the same quarter last year. 

80.9% of these newborns are bumiputra, while 10.2% are Chinese, 4.1% are Indians, and 4.9% are categorised as others. 


On the other hand, there were 44,307 deaths recorded in the second quarter of 2021. A 10.1% increase compared to the second quarter last year. 

25,216 of those deceased were male and 19,091 were female. 

Based on data by the Ministry of Health, between 1 April and 30 June, there were 3,898 deaths caused by Covid-19. That is 8.8% of the total deaths in that quarter. 

The month of May saw the most number of deaths and births.

If we look at states, Selangor has the biggest population (6.6M), the most births (20,389), the most deaths (6,818), and the most deaths due to Covid-19 (1,236).

While at the other extreme, Labuan has the smallest population (100.1K) and the fewest births (390). However, Putrajaya has the fewest deaths (53) and the fewest deaths due to Covid-19 (4).

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