PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian population has grown by 1.3% to 32.4 million, with Selangor being the most populated state, says the Department of Statistics Malaysia.
The growth was recorded in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year when there were 32 million Malaysians.
Of the 32.4 million people now, 16.7 million are male while the remaining 15.7 million are female.
Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said Selangor recorded the highest population at more than 6.4 million.
“Putrajaya has the lowest population at 88,700,” he said in a statement, commenting on the report on Demographic Statistics for the first quarter of 2018, which was released yesterday.
Dr Mohd Uzir said there were 117,000 live births in the first quarter, making it an average of 39,000 births a month.
“A total of 60,600 baby boys and 56,400 girls were born,” he added.
Selangor also recorded the highest number of live births at 23,500, while Labuan recorded the lowest with 411 births.
Meanwhile, 43,100 deaths were reported from January to March – an increase from the 41,200 deaths recorded last year.
“There was an average of 14,400 deaths per month,” Dr Mohd Uzir said.