A major new item broke recently with little public comment: The population of a couple of key Malaysian cities is declining while the national population is plateauing. This trend will have a profound impact on development planning.
The Department of Statistics tells us that the total population of Malaysia in 2022 inched up to 32.7 million from 32.6 million in 2021, for an annual population growth of only 0.2%. It pins the blame for the decline in population growth rate on the “the lower number of non-citizens from 2.6 million (2021) to 2.4 million (2022)”.
That masks the key factor behind this falling growth rate: the total fertility rate in Malaysia has plunged from 6.7 births per woman in her lifetime in 1957 to just 1.7 in 2021 – below the population replacement rate of 2.1. Full article on Aliran website