By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysians in Sabah have been urged to leverage on technology and update their information online with a nationwide census due to begin tomorrow.
State Statistics Department director Norhayati Jantan said the data collection for the Malaysian Population and Housing Census was important as it would be used as a key source in preparing the state’s development plans and government assistance.
Taking the Covid-19 pandemic as an example, she said the information would be crucial for the government when it came to aid distribution in certain areas.
The once-a-decade survey this time will be carried out in two phases, where the first will be carried out online through the e-Census system or Computer Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) approach from July 7 until Sept 30.
“The department has begun issuing the MyCensus 2020 postcards containing a unique invitation code for each household today.
“The code enables respondents to access the e-Census system at www.mycensus.gov.my where they are asked to fill out the necessary household and housing information,” she said today.
Norhayati and her deputy Khairolnizam Hassan as well as a number of staff from the department were distributing the postcards at The Bay Residences here.
One of the residents who received the postcard was Datin Ang Chui Mee who reckoned that the e-Census system is a more convenient approach for the data collection process.
“Sometimes residents are not home when official enumerators come for the process, so it is better if it can be done online.
“After all, it will be much secure to provide our personal information through the official website rather than having the enumerators come to collect our data when it could be leaked to the public,” she said.
The postcard distribution will be carried out for three weeks starting today, covering a total of 511 identified areas under nine districts across the state.
The target will be elite and working-class residential areas as well as places with high internet coverage.
“It is hoped that Sabahans will be cooperative in providing accurate information through the online self-fill method which indirectly helps curb the spread of Covid-19.”
The director said it would be best if the respondents could complete the online survey within two weeks after receiving the postcards, but the system will remain open until Sept 30.
However, those who did not receive the postcards can furnish their information online by first registering through the department’s official portal.
Once their application is successful, the unique invitation code will be sent to their email that they have provided.
“Those who did not receive the postcards are usually householders living in unnumbered houses under a general address, such as village areas,” Norhayati explained.
She said the non-recipients could either update their information online or expect a knock on their door during the second phase of the census-taking.
The second phase will be from Oct 7-24, in which the traditional face-to-face census taking approach will be implemented.
Those who received the postcard but did not or could not participate in the e-Census will also be visited by enumerators during the period where their data will be collected manually.
Meanwhile, Norhayati disclosed that about 7,000 enumerators are needed for the second phase operation in the state. The wage ranges from RM54 to RM72 per day.
She said, individuals aged 18 and above could apply for the post via the department’s website from July 8.