The 5th nationwide population and housing census (banci penduduk dan perumahan) since the formation of Malaysia in 1963 will be held from 6 July until 22 August 2010. This census is carried out at the interval of every 10 years, and the last census was in 2000.
During the census period, officers appointmented by the Department of Statistics will visit each and every household to collect information of all family member, including the racial origin, language spoken, religion, number of people in each household, their ages, educational qualifications, occupation, type of school attended by children and other information deemed fit. These information are used for national planning.
All census officers must wear their identity tag which looks like this:
and also must carry the official census bag which looks like this:
This year, instead of answering the census questions through interview with the officers, we can also do it online.
For more information, visit to the official Population and Housing Census of Malaysia 2010 website.