Effects Of Discrimination In Malaysia

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1.0 Introduction

1.1 Focus of Research

Malaysia is located in South-East Asia. The country shares borders with four other countries namely Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Malaysia is a unique country that consists of a large range in variety of races. The main structure of Malaysia is composed of three different races. A multicultural country like Malaysia has a majority population of Muslims also known as “bumiputera” (“Son of soil”). There are also many other smaller ethnic groups like Iban, Bidayuhs, Kadazans, Sea Dayaks, Land Dayaks, Kadayans, Orang Asli (the Malay term for indigenious people in Malaysia) which consists and many more that are indigenous to Sarawak. (IWGIA, 2015)

According to statistics, there are about 31.7 million people now in Malaysia. The populace for Ethnic Bumiputera holds the highest percentage with 68.9%, then Chinese, Indian and others with 23.4%, 7.0% and 1.0% respectively amidst in Malaysian citizens (Department of Statistics Malaysia, 2016). The minorities would be the Indians and the Chinese as these two groups occupy a larger population than the other ethnic groups but still minor in comparison to the Muslim population in the country.

Discrimination can be seen everywhere in our world today, it might be seen as peaceful compared to the war days where hundreds of thousands had died for the cause. The surface of our society today might be still and quiet but brawls and arguments still erupt from unfair treatment and racial

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