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In the early 16th century the population was estimated at 0.4 million people in the areas of these tropical countries. The populations of Malaysia, Singapore and North Borneo in 1900 were estimated at 2.5 million inhabitants. By 1950 they had reached 7.5 million. The latest estimates at the end of 1997 show Malaysia with 21.7 million inhabitants and Brunei with 0.3 million.
Malays are the dominant ethnic group in Malaysia with about 50% of the population, 31% of the population are Chinese, and 8% are Indian. 10% are indigenous ethnic groups, and 1% are others including Europeans, Filipinos and Australians.
In Brunei 69% of the population are Malays, 18% Chinese, 7% Indians, 5% indigenous groups, and 1% others.
- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2000.