Indians in Malaysia

Indian existence in Malaysia dates back to centuries ago, they came to Malaysia for trade and commercial purposes and made it their home. Now almost 2 million Indians live in Malaysia which is about 7%of the total population. Malaysian Indians are the fourth largest ethnic group in the country,

An info on the Indian population in various states of Malaysia is shown below:

School Name Indian population
2010 2015
Johor 217,058 7.1% 230,700 7.0%
Kedah 136,482 7.3% 143,200 7.2%
Kelantan 3,849 0.3% 4,800 0.3%
Malacca 49,037 6.2% 51,400 6.2%
Negeri Sembilan 146,214 15.2% 154,000 14.9%
Pahang 63,065 4.4% 66,300 4.3%
Perak 281,688 12.3% 293,300 12.2%
Penang 153,472 10.4% 166,000 10.6%
Perlis 2,745 1.2% 3,100 1.3%
Sabah 7,453 0.3% 12,200 0.5%
Sarawak 7,411 0.3% 7,900 0.3%
Selangor 679,130 13.5% 712,000 13.2%
Terengganu 2,397 0.2% 3,000 0.3%
Kuala Lumpu 156,316 10.3% 163,000 10.1%
Labuan 641 0.9% 800 0.9%
Putrajaya 869 1.5% 900 1.0%

Facts about Indians in Malaysia

  • Indians form about 7% of the total population of Malaysia.
  • There are about 1.5 million Indians living in Malaysia.
  • The main group of Indian immigrants in Malaysia and Singapore are Tamils.
  • Ethnic Indians occupy the bottom of Malaysia's economic and political hierarchy.
  • Most Chinese and Indian Malaysians are descendants of 19th and early 20th century immigrants who came as traders, laborers and miners during British colonial rule.
 
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