Wednesday 19 July 2017

To be or not to be Bumiputera?

I think this is going to be difficult,

Gov’t to study Indian Muslims’ request to be Bumiputera

As far as I know,

Bumiputera definition that been used is based on Federation Constitution Of Malaysia :
  • Peninsular Malaysia
If one of the parents is Muslim Malay or Orang Asli as stated in Article 160 (2) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus the child is considered as a Bumiputra”.
  • Sabah
If a father is a Muslim Malay or indigenous native of Sabah as stated in Article 160A (6)(a) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus his child is considered as a Bumiputra”.
  • Sarawak
If both of the parent are indigenous native of Sarawak as stated in Article 160A (6)(b) Federal Constitution of Malaysia; thus their child is considered as a Bumiputra”.

Well, that's as according to the Constitution.

However, I know that there are many Indian Muslims who had one way or another became Malays, thus Bumiputera.

I even have a friend whose parents were born in India but brothers whose birth certificate stated that they are Malays.

They even got to study in MRSM and later furthered their study on Mara scholarship because of that.

My friend, however, for some unclear reasons, have a birth certificate which stated that he is an Indian Muslim.

Weird right?

There are other stories like that.

Probably that's why some people tend to question the ethnicity of those with traces of Indian ancestry who claimed themselves to be Malays.

Some even argued that former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not a real Malay because he got Indian blood. But I don't think that's right because his mother was definitely a Malay and was said to be a descendant of the famous 18th century Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Wan Muhammad Saman Wan Ismail who introduced large scale paddy farming in the state. So, Dr Mahathir as per constitution is definitely a Malay and a Bumiputera.

I think it's the same case with his friend-turned-enemy-turned-friend again DS Anwar Ibrahim who some also said to have Indian blood.

Well, actually this Bumiputera thing is just not confined to Indian Muslims.

I also know of one guy whose parents are Chinese who converted to Islam but was admitted to study at UiTM (at that time it was still ITM and exclusively for Bumiputera).

Guess, he also have a birth certificate which stated that he is a Malay.

Personally, I don't have a problem about individuals who attained the Bumiputera status in such a way.

If they or their parents were so keen to be a Bumiputera that they did all kind of things possible for it, I think they should then be allowed to  be Bumiputera.

You see, they were even willing to be officially known as Malays instead of their true ethnic selves, which I think is quite a sacrifice.

Even more so, they genuinely tried very hard to live as Malays.

Not bad, but the ladies should wear baju kurung la instead of saree, okay

So, I don't mind these people getting their Bumiputera status.

What I don't agree to, is for people to say that they want the Bumiputera status but not willing to do anything to deserve it.

If I'm PM DS Najib Razak, I would tell the Indian Muslims who demanded the Bumiputera status that if they really wanted that, then their community need to stop being Indian Muslims and become Malays, or Orang Asli or whatever it takes per the constitution to qualify as Bumiputera.

At least make the effort for it lah.

Don't simply demand something like that, especially just because the general election is coming.

Not nice like that, okay. Sounds like blackmail.

Anyway, I really don't mind anyone else from other ethnic background to be Bumiputera.

But I think they need to be sincere about it and submit to what the constitution dictates over the matter.

Or at least try the best to be so.

For instance, if you are a Chinese and want the Bumiputera status, then stop being a Chinese and try to be a Malay or Orang Asli or whatever it takes to be Bumiputera as per the constitution.

Do something like that, and not just bitch about it, okay.

Well, actually I find that a bit silly though.

Why would a Chinese wants to be a Malay in the first place?

I wouldn't do that.

I would be proud of being a Chinese.

After all, the Chinese in Malaysia as a community are doing better than others in almost every aspect of life and they are being so without such things as Bumiputera status.

So, I don't think they really need it anyway.

For more reading about Bumiputera, please click on this link,



  1. I am a pure Malay (may be traces of other ethnic in my blood).My wife is also a Malay although she has some chinese blood from her mother side.That explains her fair skin.
    I would like to see one day (maybe not during my lifetime), all Malaysians are bumiputeras.
    Dividing people into races may be fine in the old days.But with intermarriages among different races become common the division based on race is no longer relevant.
    If the chinese insist on retaining their cultural identity they can be called Bumiputera Chinese.So do other races like Bumiputera Indians etc.

    Prof Kangkung

    1. What about dividing Malaysians into Bangsa Johor dan bukan-Bangsa Johor?


  2. Bulayu punya pepatah atak sebut ," rupa tatak bolih ubah ,tapi pelangai bolih ubah " ,and Wa manyak setuju lea aa .

    Atak olang itu I/C mau talok Malaysian tapi itu pelangai tatak selupa Malaysian .

    Sikalang atak olang mau itu Bumiputla punya status ,itu pelangai atak macam Bulayu ka ?.

    Lamai lapat itu status Bumiputla ,lepas itu tatak mau ngaku Bulayu , lia kata lia Bugis ,lain olang kata lia Jawa ,atak juga kata lia Banjar ,atak juga Boyan ,Wa pon tak tau lea aa .

    Wa lapat jadi Malaysian sutak manyak bangga maa aa , masa itu Tun punya time ,lagi manyak bangga maa aa .

    Sikalang atak sikit malu lea aa .

  3. Annie. You said: "I would tell the Indian Muslims who demanded the Bumiputera status that if they really wanted that, then their community need to stop being Indian Muslims and become Malays, or Orang Asli or whatever it takes per the constitution to qualify as Bumiputera.

    At least make the effort for it lah."

    Betul. Betul. Tak masalah langsung if they make the effort. That includes extensive use of Bahasa Bumiputera be it Bahasa Melayu or Bahasa Peribumi. The early Arabs who emigrated here semua berBahasa Melayu. So it is okay. Then Satu Malaysia would be truly satu. Just like Indonesia.

  4. Heh heh heh.

    Get few percent housing discount, some reserved entry into the worst unis in Malaysia, or join the most over-bloated civil service in Asia.

    ....and be "led" by corrupt hypocrites who can go to masjid with legs and then steal billions with hands.


    Heh heh heh....

  5. No need use own hands to steal. Use non-bumiputera hands... Jho Low's also can.

    1. KAJIAN mengenai persepsi rasuah dalam kalangan mahasiswa di tiga universiti utama dalam negara membimbangkan, kata Institut Integriti Malaysia (Integriti).

      Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Integriti Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff berkata, sekiranya kajian tersebut dijadikan kayu ukuran, Malaysia perlu mengkaji semula sistem pendidikan di negara ini.

      “35.8% daripada responden menyatakan perbuatan penerimaan hadiah dalam bentuk wang, barangan atau perkhidmatan sebagai balasan atas perkhidmatan yang diberikan adalah bukan satu kesalahan berbentuk rasuah

      “Manakala 28.1% daripada responden beranggapan tidak menjadi kesalahan mengambil harta atau barangan pejabat seperti pemacu pena, toner, kertas dan lain-lain untuk kegunaan peribadi,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

      Kajian yang dijalankan itu memfokuskan tiga universiti utama untuk memahami persepsi serta pemahaman mahasiswa kini mengenai rasuah di Malaysia.

      Universiti yang terlibat ialah Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) dan Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

      Daripada 402 responden, 33.1% adalah dari UKM, 47.5% dari USM dan 15.9% dari UiTM.

      Menurut Anis, kajian itu juga mendapati 37.3% responden beranggapan mengemukakan tuntutan bagi tugas luar walaupun penginapan sudah disediakan penganjur adalah suatu bukan satu kesalahan.


  6. RD @ 19 July 2017 at 18:06

    //What about dividing Malaysians into Bangsa Johor dan bukan-Bangsa Johor?//


    I have a feeling that has already happened given how outspoken the TMJ has been and the support he has been getting.

    I have to admit that even a Selangorean like me has to grudgingly admire the TMJ's outspoken comments.


  7. Annie,

    //Bumiputera definition that been used is based on Federation Constitution Of Malaysia//

    I know you have heard it before but let me just repeat that you have to stop letting facts get in the way of a good story, OK?

    If Indian Muslims want to be bumiputera, OK lah, let them be bumiputera.

    All it needs is an amendment to the necessary laws, fill in the necessary paperwork and bingo, one spanking new bumiputera.

    The Indian Muslims just need to remember that not all bumiputeras are created equal - some are more equal than others.

    I mean look at the TRUE ORIGINAL BUMIPUTERA - the Orang Asli.

    The ones in Semananjung have been cheated and robbed of their lands and rights by the very people they trusted and voted for.

    The vast majority of them live a life of abject poverty, pushed into reservations, surviving on a pittance.

    I have seen with my own eyes an Orang Asli wearing rags and riding a rusty old bicycle near my kampung.

    The Melayu kampung, where that Orang Asli most likely comes from, is full of new motorbikes, cars, nice houses, and oh yes, plenty of Indons - relatives or friends of the Melayus living there.

    But the Orang Asli houses there? Rundown, decrepit, no idea if they even have running water or electricity or toilets (really I dunno).

    And that is how we treat the TRUE ORIGINAL BUMIPUTERA.

    I guess nobody cares about them because many of them refuse to be Muslims or are just nominal Muslims.

    Anyway, they are a fast diminishing group and being faceless and voiceless, they have zero political clout, so they don't really matter, right?

    Orang Asli in Sabah and Sarawak are a bit better off but even they are barely clinging onto their land and their rights.

    Many of them in Sarawak have already lost huge tracts of land to Taib Mahmud and his cronies.

    There was a silly joke in Sarawak that if one does not know who owns a particular piece of land, then you can be sure that it is owned by Taib Mahmud.

    Sabah is probably just as bad but I don't have any in-depth or insider knowledge of Sabah.

    I don't really know why the Indian Muslims want to be bumiputeras.

    Are they not getting enough of whatever they are getting as Muslims?

    Do they think that they have enough political muscle to drive a better bargain for themselves, over and above the TRUE ORIGINAL BUMIPUTERAS?


    Like I said, as long as those Indian Muslims realise that not all bumiputeras are created equal, everything will be fine.

    BTW, can a Chinese Muslim ever be a bumiputera?


  8. There is no better time like NOW to ask anything from Najib...even if Banglas were to ask and be recognized as Malay..Najib would probably give in.

  9. if the Indian Muslims are allowed to be considered as bumiputera, then other races can also demand the same thing. Why an Indian can be a bumiputera while a Chinese cant? Also,Islam has nothing to do with ethnicity. If they become bumiputera, the hindu-practicing Indians should also become bumiputera.

    1. redbuttonforexplosion @ 19 July 2017 at 23:38,

      //Why an Indian can be a bumiputera while a Chinese cant?//

      No, neither an Indian nor a Chinese can ever be a bumiputera.

      Please re-read, carefully, the snippet of the Federal Constitution posted by Annie above.

      An Indian Muslim, though, is quite another matter.

      All Indian Muslims can be/will be, somehow, magically transformed into bumiputeras - probably after GE14, or possibly after GE15, or very likely after GE16, or maybe after GE17 or something like that after GE18.... after GE(n-1) where n approaches infinity...

      And that is a rock-solid promise, OK? I wouldn't lie to you, OK?

      //Also,Islam has nothing to do with ethnicity.//

      Yes, Islam may say that all races are equal but many Muslims in Malaysia do not agree, OK?

      Just ask the very learned Hadi Awang or anybody from PAS or PERKASA or ISMA.

      Who am I to argue with Hadi Awang on this matter?


  10. they are smart people, first get recognized as privileged natives then use that status as the stepping stone to become umnoputras, now this is the class of citizens that enjoys what the bumis can only dream of...

    the Duke of Edinburgh

  11. Nak dekat PRU ni kena la perbanyakkan isu2 yg bolehkan rakyat lupa (sekejap atau terus) pasal Chief Klepto...lagi banyak isu2 taraf sensasi lagi bagus..kebanyakkan org Malaysia (melayu terutamanya) sikapnya banyak bermusim...bagi saya, bumi or non-bumi, tak datangkan apa2 isu..kita bukannya nak hidup 1000 tahun atas muka bumi..cuma MELUAT bila ada pemimpin yang suka create isu2 sensasi..lepas tu, asyik2 'muka dia' je yang keluar even kat Malaysia ni ada berpuluh2 Kementerian...semua dia nak tumpang glemer...ntah2 Despacito pun dia nak ulas...ha.ha.ha...

  12. Unbelievable.... folks here talking about a government sanctioned form of Apartheid as if it was a normal thing - in 2017!!! Wake up people!