26th June, 2012
Nor Mohamed and Chief Statistician, Dr Abdul Rahman Hasan (right) with copies of the 2011 Economic Census Report.
PUTRAJAYA: In 2010, a total of 662,939 active business entities in the country produced goods and services worth RM707.5 billion, it was reported in the 2011 Economic Census Report released yesterday.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said from the businesses, 89.2 per cent or 591,137 were from the services sector, six per cent or 39,669 from the manufacturing sector, 3.3 per cent or 22,140 from the construction sector, 1.3 per cent or 8,829 from the agriculture sector and 0.06 per cent or 418 from mining and quarry.
In terms of value, the services sector was the biggest contributor with RM371.6 billion or 52.5 per cent, followed by the manufacturing sector with RM170.7 billion or 24.1 per cent and the mining and quarry sector with RM88.7 billion or 12.5 per cent.
Also present at the event was Chief Statistician, Dr Abdul Rahman Hasan.
Nor Mohamed who presented the report said from the total number of business entities, 19.2 per cent or 127,422 businesses were owned by women, with the services sector recording the highest participation from them at 91.5 per cent followed by the manufacturing sector with 6.9 per cent and construction 1.1 per cent.
“If this number does not appear that high as yet, we are certain that it will rise further in the time to come,” he said.
Nor Mohamed said in 2010, the number of workers in the main economic sector was 6,952,364, with 52.9 per cent of them accounted in the services sector, 26 per cent in the manufacturing sector and 14 per cent in the construction sector.
He said the mining and quarry sector recorded the highest amount of average monthly salary at RM7,772, followed by the services sector with RM2,126, manufacturing sector with RM2,040, construction sector with RM1,748 and RM1,059 in the agriculture sector.
Within the services sector meanwhile, the highest average monthly salary was recorded in the information and communications sub sector with RM4,233, followed by RM2,728 in the transportation and logistics sub sector, RM2,593 in education, RM2,141 in the commercial sector and RM2,124 in the health and social work sub sectors.
Nor Mohamed said the report had comprehensive details on the growth, structure and profile of the economy, which will provide input in the drafting of the policies for the Malaysia Plan and Economic Transformation Plan, besides for the preparation of the Input Output Schedule, the review of the Gross Domestic Product and index.
“Apart from the government, the private sector, academicians, and researchers could also carry out research based on the information in the report. The data will be able to also help the business community to look at expansion prospects for their businesses,” he said.
The Economic Census Report is prepared every five years and this is the third report with 2010 as the year of reference where the process of data collection was carried out from April to December last year, involving registered businesses in the country.
The report comprised 11 publications covering agriculture, manufacturing, food and beverage services, transportation and logistics, information and communication, construction and mining and quarrying. The data can be obtained from the Statistics Department’s website at www.statistics.gov.my.