Some Demographic Aspects of Chinese Population in Malaysia

Type Journal Article - World Applied Sciences Journal
Title Some Demographic Aspects of Chinese Population in Malaysia
Volume 30
Issue 7
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 923-926
The Chinese population is an important demographic component in Malaysia. Starting with a mass
inmigration of Chinese population from China at the end of the 19 century, Malaysia is now regarded as a
multy-ethnic society. The establishment of British rule in Penang, Melaka and Singapore at the turn of the
twentieth century marks the beginning of mass Chinese settlement in Malaysia. Using secondary data taken
from the Report of Population and Housing Census of Malaysia and various books on Chinese community, it
reveals that today this population makes up more than half of the Malay itself. The Chinese population focused
on specific states that have a higher level of urbanization. This is in line with business activities that form the
backbone of this population since the beginning of their mass inmigration from China. For the states of Perlis,
Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang where padi cultivation is dominant, the Chinese is not significant.

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