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Some 3.9 million Sabahans involved in 2020 National Population and Housing Census

28th September, 2018

By JASON JACK EBIT

KOTA KINABALU: The implementation of the 2020 National Population and Housing Census would help the government to devise and plan any development programmes for the benefit of the people.

Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said that around 3.9 million citizens of Sabah will be involved during that period which covers 800,000 houses throughout Sabah.

“It is through statistics that we can obtain better data which is crucial to improving the lives of our citizen, to develop basic amenities such as education, facilities, and roads.

“Therefore, Population and Housing Census must be implemented every 10 years as it is the main source of gathering information on how to provide better basic amenities for the people,” he said.

He said this in his speech which was delivered by DOSM Population and Demographic Statistics Senior Director Datin Rozita Talha during the Statistics Literacy with the Community Seminar 2018 at INTAN Campus, Sepanggar on Thursday.

Also present in the event was DOSM Sabah Director Norhayati Jantan.

The 2020 National Population and Housing Census would be the sixth census since it was first implemented back in 1970, and subsequently 1980, 1991, 2000, and 2010 by the Department of Statistics.

He added that the implementation of 2020 National Population and Housing Census refers to the recommendation of United Nations which says that every nation should conduct at least one population and housing census from the period of 2015 until 2024.

DOSM will fully utilise the use of technology especially in data gathering through Online Self-Listing (OSL), e-Census, Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) and Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI).

“We will fully utilise the use of Smartphone by developing an application that is user-friendly so that all people can access it quickly, give response without burdening them.

“Therefore all people are welcomed to complete the questionnaire of the 2020 e-census once it opens to the public,” he added.

He explained that more information about Mycensus 2020 can be accessed through www.mycensus.gov.my portal. MyCensus 2020 will undergo a big transformation implemented through various modern ways and technologies which is in line with Malaysia vision to be a developed nation by the year of 2020.

The seminar also features several talks from DOSM, National Security Council Sabah and the State Immigration Department.

   
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