DOSM - Department of Statistics Malaysia

11/29/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/28/2018 22:03

Social Statistics Bulletin Malaysia 2018


Social Statistics Bulletin, Malaysia, 2018 highlights selected social statistics which are basic indicators to measure the quality of life and well-being of the population at the national and state levels. The main areas covered are population, housing, health, education, employment, welfare services, public safety and communication & recreation. Selected social statistics in health, education, welfare services and communication & recreation presented as follows:


Medical personnel to population ratio

The medical personnel to population ratio in 2017 has improved as against 2016. Doctor to population ratio improved to 554 persons as compared to 2016 which was 632 persons. Dentist to population ratio was 3,724 persons in 2017 against 4,402 persons in 2016. Meanwhile, nurse to population ratio was 301 persons (2016: 308 persons).

Communicable diseases

The incidence rate of communicable disease for Dengue fever, Hand, foot and mouth disease, Tuberculosis and Food poisoning in 2017 decreased as compared to 2016. Dengue fever remained as the highest communicable disease in 2017 which accounted for 83,443 followed by Hand, foot and mouth disease (29,359), Tuberculosis (26,168) and Food poisoning (13,686).


Pupil teacher ratio

In 2017, the pupil teacher ratio in government and government-aided for pre-school rose to 22.7 as against 22.3 (2016). On the other hand, the pupil teacher ratio for primary school remained at 11.6 while secondary schools recorded a decline from 11.3 to 11.0 during the same period.


Registration of Persons With Disabilities (PWD)

The registered Person with Disabilities (PWD) at the Department of Social Welfare, Malaysia in 2017 were 453,258 persons. PWD in physical category recorded the highest number which was 35.2 per cent, followed by Learning disability category (34.8%) and Visually impaired category (8.9%). Speech category recorded the lowest registration of 0.5 per cent.


Broadband penetration rate

The national broadband penetration rate for Malaysia increased to 117.3 per 100 inhabitants in 2017 as compared to 99.8 per 100 inhabitants (2016). Five states recorded penetration rates exceeded the national level in 2017 namely W.P. Kuala Lumpur (225.2), Johor (148.1), Selangor (133.8), Pulau Pinang (130.2) and Negeri Sembilan (128.7). Meanwhile, Sabah recorded the lowest broadband penetration rate of 64.5 per 100 inhabitants.

The detailed information regarding this publication can be accessed through the eStatistik application in the website of Department of Statistics, Malaysia,

Released By:

DrUzir_Mahidin Dr_Uzir

29 November 2018

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