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This year’s ramadhan felt more meaningful for me alhamdulillah and that made Eid all the more special this year. I’m so blessed to celebrate it again with my family. I know I’ve said like 2 times before but Eid Mubarak from my family to you! I pray that we will see ramadhan again next year insyaAllah. 

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