so there’s someone from my country claiming that he’s “half korean” and “half indian”, but previously, he claimed that he was “half british and half malay”. and its getting on my nerves, because you don’t change your “nationality” based on what is currently “popular” or whatsoever. Claiming you’re “half-korean” and using certain phrases you picked up from watching shows is being a koreaboo. there’s a clear line between appreciating a culture, and appropriating one. 

Hindi natin hawak ang kapalaran, pero bakit hindi nating subukan. Malay natin sa huli ikaw ay akin pa rin. Kaya wag tayong matakot,
—  Ituloy natin.

1keiji-deactivated20160107  asked:

@Diva i think its sort of how islam is seen i guess in malaysia? like elsewhere people who practice islam are constant victims to islamophobia and made the target but in malaysia there are issues abt how islam threatens the minorities ie. the chinese and indians and it feels v. contradictory, being worried abt muslims yet at the same time being 'oppressed' by it. i hope i've explained things a bit clearer, thanks.

Yoooooo, I can totally understand and truthfully I was about to write about the social status and other things which are happening in Malaysia!

Okay, so I would like to summarize the whole thing by saying that Muslim Malays are the Christian white people in Malaysia. They are the privileged ones, they are the “majority”, they are the ones with loan and political benefits and some of them take all that for granted.

People are not aware of it but Malays’ version of Islam is rather… extreme. Just like peculiar parts of Indonesia and not to forget, Brunei Darussalam.

Putting any religion as the main core of a country’s law will always hinder the other race/ethnicity and in this case, it affects the Chinese and Indians big time. Alcohol and pork are frowned upon so people put a different section in a supermarket for it, showing skin by wearing tanktop and shorts is a shameful act because they are not wearing hijabs, and worst of all, this is the cause of racism.

For those who aren’t familiar with Malaysia, whatever most white Americans are doing that’s what most Malays are doing. They often tell Chinese Malaysian and Indian Malaysian to go back to their countries, which is so weird because the Malay race is also an immigrant since they are related to Filipinx, Indonesians and even Pacific Islanders.

Your situation is quite conflicting because generally Islam is still viewed in a negative way globally and it shouldn’t be that way but experiencing what most Malays are doing to you, Indians, Bangladeshis, Nepalese and Indonesians (believe me, as much as they are “us”, I’ve experienced a lot of racism. They often think I’m a lower level compared to them, ugh) makes you question things a lot.

Oh, before I end this, I do not mean harm. It could be because of the locals mindset whereby they feel entitled to do whatever they want because they can get away with it, so this happens in any country. I do not fancy Malays and their extreme Islam law, but I am in no position to express much because I’m an outsider of this country.

If anyone wants to add on anything on this matter or would like to address certain things to me, please let me know.

- Diva

Malays the earliest to practice farming in the Sundaland

Research by archaeologists showed the Malays were the first farmers who cultivated rice and domesticated livestock in the Sunda continent, a massive sunken peninsula that today formed the Java Sea, Malacca and Sunda straits, and the islands between them.

The President of the Archaeological Institute of Malaysia (IAAM) Prof Emeritus Dato’ Dr Nik Hassan Shuhaimi Nik Abdul Rahman said this occurred between 10,000 to 14,000 years ago.

Opening the seminar on “The Origins of The Malays and Their Kingdoms In Southeast Asia”, organised by the Institure of Malay World and Civilization (ATMA) at the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)) on April 15, Prof Nik Hassan said the race known as Malay-Polyenesians founded kingdoms that initially borrowed Indian culture. Read more.

Dr M: Malays are not Migrants like Chinese, Indian

Friday, 04 March 2011

Written by  Mahathir Mohamad

Malays are Malays and it is mischievous to suggest that when asked about their race they would say they are Bugis or Javanese. It is only if they are asked where their ancestors came from that they would say Celebes or Java. Otherwise they are just Malays.

If you ask me I would reply that I am a Malay. I would not say I am a Malay or Malaysian of ethnic Indian origin. My mother tongue and home language is Malay, my culture and tradition is Malay and I am a Muslim. The constitution defines a Malay as a person who habitually speaks Malay, practices Malay custom and tradition and is a Muslim.

Was I rewriting history when I said that Peninsular Malaysia is historically Semenanjung Tanah Melayu? If Mr Gan Ping Sieu (MCA Vice President) cares to read the history of this peninsular, he would know that officially the Malayan Union was replaced by Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. The English name “Federation of Malaya” was not official. I ought to know because I lived through this period.

But when the federation was enlarged to include Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak, the Malays, led by the Tunku agreed to the name “Malaysia” for the enlarged federation. Historically therefore the Malays agreed to the renaming of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. But historically the peninsular was Tanah Melayu, made up of Malay States ruled by their rulers, the Malay Sultans.  All agreements with the British were made by the Malay Sultans of the Malay States of the Peninsular. Malaya or Malaysia never entered into agreements with the British simply because they did not exist as sovereign states.

These are the facts of history. I was speaking about the origins of Malaysia. Can we say the origin of Malaysia was Malaysia. Historically there was no Malaysia.

I talked about this in response to certain people who claim that the Malays are as much immigrants as the Chinese and Indians.

I am Malay, not ‘Mamak’ 

Some Malays are obviously descended from people who came to the Malay Peninsular from the Indonesian islands, India and the Arabian Peninsular.

Having come here they were assimilated after they identified themselves completely with the Malays by adopting the Malay language, their customs and traditions and by being Muslims.

This is a common phenomenon. In America, Australia, Latin America, the later immigrants accepted the languages of their adopted country as their mother tongue as well as the culture.

After doing this they no longer think of themselves as being of their original country. They are Americans, Australians and Argentinians period. We don’t hear them claiming to be German Americans, Portuguese Australians or Italian Argentinians, even though they or their ancestors came from these countries.

Malays are Malays and it is mischievous to suggest that when asked about their race they would say they are Bugis or Javanese. It is only if they are asked where their ancestors came from that they would say Celebes or Java. Otherwise they are just Malays.

If you ask me I would reply that I am a Malay. I would not say I am a Malay or Malaysian of ethnic Indian origin. My mother tongue and home language is Malay, my culture and tradition is Malay and I am a Muslim. The constitution defines a Malay as a person who habitually speaks Malay, practices Malay custom and tradition and is a Muslim.

However, I am told that IC cards in Singapore ignore Malays and state that the person is Bugis or Javanese. The intention is clear; to kill the Malay identity and create the impression that they are foreign immigrants.

It’s the Chinese who are racist 

Malays are caught in a dilemma. When challenged by the opposition on any racial issue, they are unable to respond because if they do then they would be accused of being racist even by members of the Barisan Nasional. When they do not reply then UMNO in particular would lose Malay support for not defending them. This will lead to UMNO being rejected by them. The Chinese have openly declared that they will not support Barisan Nasional.

Without Malay support and deprived of Chinese support UMNO would lose. Barisan Nasional would also lose.

Preventing Malays from defending themselves is not much different from supporting the opposition. When I rebut the anti-Malay racism of the opposition I am only trying to ensure that at least the Malays would support Barisan Nasional. I am no racist. Those who support racist statements by the opposition are the real racists.

For almost 52 years the Alliance and Barisan Nasional coalitions had worked well together. The prosperity that we enjoy during those years is the result of inter-racial cooperation through the Barisan Nasional.

In multiracial Malaysia no one can have everything that they consider they are entitled to - neither the Malays, nor the Chinese nor the Indians nor the different tribal groups in Sabah and Sarawak. The moment anyone demands that he be given everything that he thinks he is entitled to then there can be no inter-racial cooperation. Without inter-racial cooperation this country would go to the dogs.

We have read the fable of the thief who shouted “thief”! The racists are the same. They shout racist at others to distract from their own racism.

- Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003

“Keling” and “Paria” in Malaysia are slurs for Indian Malaysian.

These are tweets from Malays talking about Thaipusam celebration (which is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community) that happened on the 25th of January.

  1. I think that keling is preparing the celebration for Thaipusam. That’s why they disappear.
  2. So many keling in the subway, just because of Thaipusam.
  3. Between friend and boyfriend which one you think is more important? If you say friend, I think it’s best for you to chat with keling paria in Batu Caves. Keling is celebrating Thaipusam there.
  4. Don’t forget to visit your mother although keling is celebrating Thaipusam.
  5. Happy Thaipusam, keling (racist emojis involved, tsk tsk)
  6. Stupid Thaipusam keling is probably having a party at Batu Caves, such a waste to not go back home.

As you can see, racism between different Asians are still happening in Malaysia.

And as I mentioned before, Malays are the majority race/ethnicity in Malaysia therefore them acting this way (read: similar to privileged white majority in Europe/USA/Australia) is obviously terribly racist.

Malaysia is not only for Malays, but also Chinese, Indian and other races/ethnicities. Therefore, there are different celebrations for different races/ethnicities of different religions.

Please be considerate and stop the bad mouthing, you don’t look cool saying things this way, you are just embarassing and racist.

- Diva

“What’s the most special thing you’ve done for each other?”
“I gave my heart to her! So cheesy right?”
“Oh god.. no, but what I like most about him is the fact that he understands my background and where I come from. I’m half-malay, for example, and there’s no way I’d be wearing this outfit. But there are parts of my culture which I like and choose to go by, and others which I don’t. And it’s just refreshing to have someone understand that - why you’re doing what you’re doing, and everything else that goes with it.”

anonymous asked:

Would it be right to compare the oppression of blacks by whites the same as say, Indians by Chinese or Chinese by Malay?

No, only because the oppression of Indians by Chinese or Chinese by Malay would have its totally unique dynamic- it’s in a different context, between two completely different ethnic groups and with a different history behind it. In the context of Southeast Asia, the Chinese-Malay thing for example, doesn’t have a history where one group was held in slavery by another. Not to mention the Chinese exist in a strange position in a lot of Southeast Asian countries- we’re a minority but often disproportionately own businesses and capital. In the 1920s, the Thai King pretty much called us “Jews of the East” which was meant to reflect that dynamic (Of course, we do exist very differently from Jewish people in that we have a hugeass “mother country” whose existence is not ever endangered.). So…complex situation here compared to black people like black Americans vis a vis white Americans. Because Chinese in Asia very often have socio-economic power, but at the same time, as a minority group, do not have majority power and are therefore vulnerable to discrimination by the majority group.

While they can be compared in the sense that they are forms of racism and oppression, we definitely would be distorting the dynamics if we were to transpose the dynamics of US race relations or European colonialism over Africans on it.

So today, it was raining cats and dogs and other assorted felines and canines and what not when I was on my way home.

I stood at the shelter before the traffic light, literally shivering because the goddamn rain was killing me. And so I stood there for 15 minutes like an idiot. Then, just out of a blue, a random Malay woman appeared and offered to cross the road with me by sharing her umbrella. So I did, and I thanked her afterwards.

Later, when I reached the second traffic light, I had to stone again, because it was raining even more heavily and this time I had to cross an entire stretch of road. Just then, the same person appeared and helped me across again. I noticed that she deliberately tilted the umbrella such that I would be hardly wet at all; needless to say, she herself got incredibly drenched.

It’s not a big thing, but I noticed that, throughout the entire 15 minutes that I waited, not one single Chinese spared me a second glance. Hordes of Chinese ‘gentlemen’ passed by me with their humongous unbrellas (the umbrellas could have easily provided shelter for an army), pretending that I was not frozen and not drenched.

Well, friends, so much for all the comments on how 'Malays are gangsters’ and 'all the delinquents are just inconsiderate Malay teens’ and how 'they only know how to waste their life away and nothing else’.

This post isn’t about my trip back home. It isn’t even about the Singaporean Chinese and Malays (okay, not per se); it’s about racism, and about not subscribing to stupid prejudices. I know it’s hardly a big deal, but I would just like to use this (small) example to point out that it is stupid to label certain groups of people with undesireable traits just because it makes you feel better, or more superior. 'That’s the problem with (our) generation; we’re obsessed with labels’. I’ve come across quite a few abominable labels of late:

'All Filipinos are stupid.’ This is the most ridiculous one I’ve come across so far. I myself know Filipino friends with crushing intelligence and great intellectual capacity.

'All scholars are losers.’ Again, ridiculous.

Also a plethora of racist Indian jokes. I’ll probably get arrested by SPF if I post them up here…

…& quite a few others. But I won’t expound on it any further.

Of course, I’m not asserting that 'all Malays are kind hearted and nice and socially responsible’, because that would be as absurd as claiming that they are all evil and irresponsible. But in every group there will be people who are essentially nice, and people who are essentially not. It’s just not your job to go around labelling them.

A side note: just in case people misunderstand: discrimination is kept minimal in Singapore; we rarely, if ever, outrightly gossip about people of other racial groups. But again, there will inevitably (let’s be real; this is a multi-racial society) be racist jokes (you really won’t believe the Indian ones) and disparging remarks about people of another race.

Question: Why No Malay Muslim talents Among your mentioned talents to show, Mr Lee Kuan Yew?

That vocal claim also showed up Lee Kuan Yew and the government’s systematic displacement and side casting of any potential Malay Muslim Talents who are part of the four main racial ethnic groups of Singapore to date.

In the first place, the current government’s pro foreign talent immigration clearly does take in any Malay Muslim Talent from any of the neighbouring countries nor has plans for that – why nothing to show or claim upon?

Instead as Lee Kuan Yew stated, only multi “Talents” from the best in India, china and rest of Caucasian world (either USA, Europe Or Anywhere).

Of course there are the Philippine Talents who are another strong pool but are not equated on the same level as the China/India immigrant talents by LKY’s assessment as a natural bias putting down them as more not on the same standards as his preferred Talents.

LKY’s continuous writings and public rants as Malay Muslims “not integrated” in his famous bigoted story about Malays not sharing last grain of rice with their own than a Chinese neighbour has historically shown up his racially bias undertones towards the Malays. Many Singaporeans have rejected his racist nonsense.

The plan laid out in the 6.9 million White Paper which most Singaporeans have rejected, can only shrink the Malay Muslim population further since Mr Lee Kuan Yew only wants “bright Indians, bright Chinese, bright Caucasians” in his speech.

Mr Lee, you may not know it but the opposite is slowly happening – Singaporeans are gradually losing confidence in the country especially with your government’s population plan to flood Singapore with even more “foreign talents” and selective ethnic talent development.

- Mohamed Kassim


“Tujuh golongan yang akan mendapat naungan Allah pada hari yang tidak ada naungan kecuali naungan-Nya (iaitu pada Hari Akhirat). (Salah satunya ialah) seorang lelaki yang hatinya sentiasa terpaut pada masjid.”


(Bukhari & Muslim)