Demographics of a diverse Malaysia

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To accompany our cover story, here are some figures on Malaysia’s demographic makeup.

Malaysia is made up of many races and cultures, the predominant ones being the Malays, Chinese and Indians on the peninsula. For February, to accompany our cover story, here are the figures on Malaysia’s demographic makeup.

Ethnicity in Malaysia

In 2014, the total population of Malaysia stood at 30.3 million. Peninsular Malaysia is home to 79.3% of the entire population – about four times more populated than East Malaysia. 50.3% of Malaysia’s population are of Malay ethnicity, whereas 21.8% are of Chinese ethnicity and 6.5% are of Indian ethnicity. Other Bumiputera represent 11.8% of the Demographics of a diverse Malaysia population, whereas 8.7% comprise non-Malaysian citizens.


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