Indian Population in Malaysia 2021
India has the largest diaspora in the world & as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 3.2 Crores or 32 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) residing outside India.
As per the 2018 Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 2,987,950 (29.88 Lakhs) Indians residing in Malaysia.
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 2,760,000 (27.60 Lakhs)
- Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 227,950 (2.28 Lakhs)
Source: 2018 MEA report about overseas Indian population.
Indo Malaysian Population 2021
Indian Malaysians are Malaysian citizens of Indian ancestry & form the third-largest group in Malaysia after the Malays and the Chinese. They are descendants of those who migrated from India to Malaysia during the British colonization of Malaya. Malaysian Indians form the 5th largest community of Overseas Indians in the world. The majority of Malaysian Indians are ethnic Tamil people, with other smaller groups such as the Malayalees, Telugus, Sikhs, and others.
Indians make around 7% of the Malaysian population & approx population of Indians in Malaysia as of 2021 is 22.65 Lakhs. As per the Malaysian Census of 2017, Total Indian Population in Malaysia is 2.24 million. Some of the States where Indians are in large numbers are
- Selangor – 712,000
- Perak – 293,300
- Johor – 230,700
- Penang – 166,000
- Kuala Lumpur – 163,000
- Negeri Sembilan – 154,000
- Kedah – 143,200
- Pahang – 66,300
- Malacca – 51,400
- Sabah – 12,200
Other states have less than 1% of the Indian population.
Religion of Indian population in Malaysia
The Indian community which mostly consists of Tamils follows Hinduism as the main faith. Hinduism and Buddhism were brought to the Malay Peninsula from India around the 2nd century AD. The religion wise Indian population in Malaysia is as follows
- Hindus – 86.2%
- Christians -6%
- Muslims – 4%
- Sikhs – 2 %
- Buddhism – 1.7%