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BPLMY indicates the person's state of birth within Malaysia.

Comparability — General

There are two comparability issues:

The treatment of the Federal Territories differs across samples. Labuan was part of Sabah state in 1970-1980. Kuala Lumpur was part of Selangor state in 1970.

The 1970-1980 samples exclude those who live in Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak); therefore, birthplace data for those states will not be comparable with 1991-2000.

For the country of birth of foreign-born persons, see BPLCOUNTRY.


  • All persons


  • Malaysia: 1970, 1980, 1991, 2000