Malaysian Chinese demographics

The Chinese community is the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia after the Malays. It was reported in 1835 when the British Malay states showed that the Chinese makes up 8 percent of the total population of the states where they are mainly congregated around the Straits Settlements. The Malay community grew rapidly around the 19th and 20th centuries and by 1921, 30% of the population in Malaya were Chinese. This number would continue to grow until they form some 38.4% by 1947. It then continued to grow until recent times where the percentage is reduced with families opting for fewer children due to economical and financial reasons.

Records show that there were about 2.66 million Chinese in 1957, the year of Malaysia’s independence and by 2000, there were almost 5.7 million which is 25% of the total Malaysian population. Among all, the southern state of Johor records the biggest percentage of Chinese among its population while Kuala Lumpur, the capital of the country by itself has almost 50% Chinese. The most significant areas in Kuala Lumpur with a large Chinese community are areas like Cheras, Pudu, Segambut, Kepong, Old Klang Road, Sri Petaling and Bukit Bintang while nearby suburbs like Damansara, Puchong, Serdang and Klang too are known to be Chinese dominant areas.