Only 10.45 million Malaysians responded; e-Census still open

KUALA LUMPUR: As at Feb 21, 2021, about 10.45 million or 35 per cent of 32.7 million Malaysians have completed the Population and Housing Census 2020 (Census 2020), said Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin.

He said although the online method or e-Census was still open, there were many who had yet to do so.

“The census system this time is different from the previous system which only took about four weeks to complete.

“We request cooperation from the public to participate in the exercise. For those who want to do it without the face-to-face meeting can continue to do so via e-Census,” he said in a question-and-answer session during the department’s Meet the Customer Day programme held virtually today.

The Census 2020 commenced on July 7, 2020 with the implementation of an online exercise via e-Census and computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) method.

Mohd Uzir also said that DOSM has yet to implement the Census 2020 on a large scale via face-to-face meetings due to the constraint of Covid-19 transmission.

“What is being implemented at the moment, our enumerators are being mobilised for a targeted face-to-face exercise according to the suitability and comfort of the local community.

“If people are not comfortable with the e-census system, our enumerators in the field will help them using the CATI system or we can provide questionnaires manually,” he said.

The Census 2020 was implemented in two phases, the first phase was originally scheduled from July 7 to Sept 30 and the second phase from Oct 7 to 24, last year.

However, the implementation period has been rescheduled, namely, the first phase (online) has been extended until Dec 21, last year and the second phase (face-to-face) from Jan 20 to Feb 6, 2021, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. – Bernama