KUALA LUMPUR: High-impact and large-scale development projects involving every Malaysian will be counted during the 2020 Population and Housing Census of Malaysia (Census 2020), beginning July 7.

According to a statement from the Economic Affairs Ministry’s Corporate Communications Unit, the census would cover nine million residences and involve about 33.8 million population.

The census, themed ‘Your Data Our Future’, will adopt the ‘de jure’ approach and the findings will be used as a key source in preparing national development plans.

Preparations for the Census 2020 have also been carried out by the Statistic Department and the ministry since 2018, especially with regard to mapping and listing of residences.

The statement said in order to ensure that the census is implemented in a comprehensive and orderly manner, an early census would be carried out starting April involving several identified institutions.

The statement said Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has given his consent to the appointment of chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin as the sixth Census Commissioner.

The instrument of appointment was presented by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali on Feb 12.

Census 2020 is the sixth census conducted in the country.

Population census in Malaysia is undertaken once every 10 years and Malaysia is among the 54 countries that will carry out the census this year.

For further information about the Census 2020 visit www.mycensus.gov.my. − Bernama