West Malaysia is the only country in the world with a weird constitutional definition of a “Malay” – a Malay must be a Muslim.
Just imagine the US Constitution says “an American must a Christian or a Jew”. It simply doesn’t make any common sense.
I think it’s time to amend this weird and erroneous Malayan Constitution.
It’s given Malaysia and Malaysians so much headache and heartache.
On a similar note, the Malayan Constitution should state that marrying a Muslim is not compulsory to convert to be a Muslim – just like how it is in East Malaysia. This has created even more headaches than the earlier issue.
I know many Chinese Malaysians who married a Malay who openly do not follow Islam, eat pork and drink alcohol.
By the way, #OnlyInMalaysia, if you are not a Muslim, you cannot use the 2,500 year old word “Allah”.
Only in Malaysia, many “Malays” such as Ridhuan Tee Abdullah (a Chinese Malaysian who turned against Chinese and DAP claiming they are anti-Islam) still declare “Malay Race Supremacy” or “Ketuanan Melayu” just like how Hilter declared “Aryan Supremacy” and murdered 6 million Jews.
● Ridhuan Tee Abdullah is a Malay but he really is a Chinese.
● Tun Dr Mahathir, the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, is a Malay.
He has Kerala, India ancestry. Many will him a “half-Mamak” (Indian Muslim).
● Najib Razak, the last ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia, is a Malay.
He has Bugis Indonesian ancestry.
● Robert Chaen is a half Pernanakan Chinese Malaysian.
His linage of Hakka Chinese ancestors born in Malaya is much longer than Tun Dr Mahathir.
● Lee Kuan Yew, the late Prime Minister of Singapore, was a Chinese.
He was a fourth generation Hakka immigrant from China. Singapore used to be part of Malaysia from 1963-1965.
Only in Malaysia, it is possible to change to Malay race and receive greater “Bumiputra” benefits if one is willing to change one’s religion to Muslim.
But it is not legally possible to proselytize and convert Muslims to other religions. Is this fair and ethical?
Malays only constitute 50.4% of Malaysian population, yet the Malay politicians and extremist Islamofascist Malays will emphasize that the “Bumiputra” population is 67.4% majority when actually 17% are East Malaysians who are mainly Christians. Chinese make up 24.5% and the Indians around 7%.
Religion should come from the heart and out of a personal choice, a human right – not forced upon by law or religious law like sharia law.
If a religious police must watch, control and punish its followers’ actions and behavior, then it is a religion of force – not a religion of peace. And its followers are not practicing from their heart, mind or spirit.
In the Internet Age when the trend is policing not from willingness, then the religion will lose more and more of its followers.
Article 160 of the Constitution of Malaysia defines various terms used in the Constitution. It has an important impact on Islam in Malaysia and the Malay people due to its definition of a Malay person under clause 2. It took effect after 31 August 1957 (“Merdeka Day” or “Independence Day”) in West Malaysia, and took effect in Singapore and East Malaysia when they merged with Malaya in 1963.
The article no longer applies to Singapore, as it separated from Malaysia in 1965 (Singapore is also a secular state); however, it does affect the legal status of Malay Singaporeans when they enter Malaysia.
The article defines a “Malay” as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay custom and (a) was before Merdeka Day born in the Federation or in Singapore or born of parents one of whom was born in the Federation or in Singapore, or is on that day domiciled in the Federation or in Singapore; or (b) is the issue of such a person; As a result, Malay citizens who convert out of Islam are no longer considered Malay under the law. Hence, the Bumiputra privileges afforded to Malays under Article 153 of the Constitution, the New Economic Policy (NEP), etc. are forfeit for such converts.
Likewise, a non-Malay Malaysian who converts to Islam can lay claim to Bumiputra privileges, provided he meets the other conditions.
Written by Robren
Published: 17th June 2019.
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