Malaysian Men Outnumber Women By Over 1 Million For 4 Years In A Row

Malaysia has had a larger male population since 1980.

Cover image via New Straits Times & Lim Huey Teng/Malaysiakini

The male population in Malaysia has exceeded the female population by over one million for over four years now, according to the Department of Statistics (DOSM)

In the Demographic Statistics First Quarter 2020 report released last Tuesday, 12 May, the DOSM stated that the male population is 16.90 million, while the female population is 15.84 million - a drastic 1.06 million in difference.

"The sex ratio remains at 107 males per 100 females," said chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin in a statement on Friday, 15 May.

New Straits Times reported that the male and female population increased by 90,000 and 120,000 respectively in comparison to the same period last year.

The trend of a higher male population dates as far back as 1980

Image via Vintage KL

Malay Mail reported based on DOSM's data in 2016 that Malaysia's gender ratio has been slowly widening over the past five decades - from 101 in 1980, to 103 in 1991, 104 in 2000, 106 in 2010, and to now 107.

The report also noted that Malaysia's male population surpassed their counterpart by one million since at least 2016.

The World Health Organization (WHO) contended that if a country has a larger male population - for example, exceeding the 105 threshold - it means it is a male dominant society that has the tendency to intervene with nature and reduce the number of born girl child by sex-selective abortion and infanticide.

Based on data provided by The World Bank, the global male population in 2018 was 50.415%, or 101.6 males for every 100 females.

The DOSM revealed that the current population in Malaysia is 32.73 million

It is a 0.6% increase in comparison with the first quarter last year.

Mohd Uzir said the population comprises 29.62 million (or 90.5%) Malaysian citizens and 3.12 million (or 9.5%) non-citizens.

Selangor remains the most populous state with 6.57 million people, while Labuan has the smallest population of 99,600 individuals.

You can read the full report here.

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