The Malaysia Population is comprised of three main races: Malays, Chinese and Indians. The projected and forecasted Malaysian population as of 2009 is about 28.3 million. Malaysia is not a very populated country if compared with the larger neighbouring countries like Thailand and Indonesia, though it is ranked at 43rd most populated country in the world.

The Malays would politically label themselves as Bumiputera which literary means Prince of the Earth. They are the majority race at 65% of the population. By being a Bumiputera, they can get some preferential status and aid from the Government. Such affirmative action was suppose to alleviate their poorer economic situation but through the years, has only brought about an elite group to the business fore while still left many struggling to improve themselves economically.

The Chinese are comprised of various ethnic with spoken dialects of Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka, Hainanese, Teochew with the unifying common spoken language of Mandarin. The Chinese are the second majority at about 26% of the population and they are one of the main driving forces behind the Malaysia Economy.

The Indians includes the spoken language of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Punjabi. And they comprise about 8% of the population.



In East Malaysia, the majority ethinc race are the Ibans. The Kadazan and Dusun follows next as the next majority and finally the Bajaus.

There is also a group of minority of mixed descent from Europeans which are sometimes referred generally as Eurasians. Mixed marriages are common in Malaysia with many Chinese and Indian and to some extend Malay race as well. I guess love transcends the race boundary and overcomes all.

An interesting group of race known as the Baba Nyonya hark from the days from historical Malacca where Portuguese inter-married with the locals. A mix of local and Portuguese culture evolved from such mix marriages and some very interesting Nyonya food variety that come out from this culture.

With such a wide a varied races living in Malaysia, the people could live together harmoniously despite the differences in culture. Neighbourliness and friendliness is very much a part of the Malaysian culture. As a citizen living in Malaysia, it common for us to have friends from various races living together, working together, even going for holidays together. Respect for each other’s religion and culture and having good tolerance with one another. However such good relationship is at risk with the current race based political climate which is threatening this bond amongst the races. There are perceived injustice which hopefully the government would do something about it rather than give lip service and bury it in the carpet.

Although some uproar may happen from politician making some off the cuff remarks that shouldn’t have been mentioned, usually such controversies are mere words and rarely translate into street demonstrations. Other than that, Malaysia is actually very stable politically with hardly any major public demonstrations or lesser still any public riots.

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