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Malay? What? Define? October 10, 2006

Posted by airforceone in Bumiputra, Malay, Malaysia, Melayu, Son Of The Earth.

Who are the Malay? The World may not know who we are, but they will definitely know KLCC Twin Tower , the world ex tallest building and maybe Mahathir Mohamed , the out spoken Malay leader whom stood up against The West. He also imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, his second man; Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Gee what else can I say about Malays, which is synonymous with Malaysia. Let see.

Wikipedia says something like this;

Malays (Dutch, Maleiërs, ultimately from Malay: Melayu) are a diverse group of Austronesian peoples inhabiting the Malay archipelago and Malay peninsula in Southeast Asia. The word “Malay” was adopted into English via the Dutch word “Malayo”, itself from Portuguese “Malaio”, which originates from the Malay word “Melayu”. According to one popular theory, the word Melayu means “migrating” or “fleeing”, which might refer to the high mobility of these people across the region.Generically, the name “Malay” is used to describe all the numerous related groups inhabiting the Malay Archipelago, and which are not of older aboriginal stock. These include the Aceh, Minangkabaus, Bataks and Mandailings who live in Sumatra ; Java and Sunda in Java ; Banjars, Ibans, Kadazans and Melanaus in Borneo ; Bugis and Torajas in Sulawesi ; the various dominant ethnic groups in the Philippines such as the Tagalogs, Ilocanos and Ifugao of Luzon island, the Bisaya of the central Philippines, the Maguindanao, Tausug and Bajau of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago ; and the people of East Timor (again, excluding those of older Papuan stock).

Bumiputra or Bumiputera (from Sanskrit Bhumiputra; translated literally, it means “sons of the Earth”; Malay, translated literally, it means “princes of the Earth”), is an official definition widely used in Malaysia, embracing ethnic Malays as well as other indigenous ethnic groups such as the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia and the tribal peoples in Sabah and Sarawak. Economic policies designed to favour Bumiputras (including affirmative action in public education) were implemented in the 1970s in order to defuse inter-ethnic tensions following the May 13 Incident in 1969, but these have not been fully effective in eradicating poverty among rural bumiputras and have further caused a backlash of resentment on the part of non-bumi ethnic groups.

The above defination of Malay is derived from Wikipedia Online.

My focus for this blog is only for Malay Residing In Peninsular Malaysia. 

I agree with the term the son of the earth but  would not agreed on the prince of this earth.



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