Ethnic Groups in Malaysia

Chinese firms in Malaysia face calls for boycott

Flags of the victorious coalition fly in Georgetown. Photo: Reuters

Malay NGOs are demanding boycotts of Chinese businesses following Malaysia's divisive election, to teach them "a lesson" for backing opposition candidates. More than 20 non-governmental organisations and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) called upon the country's Malays, who make up 60 per cent of the population, to boycott Chinese firms, according to a message posted on PPIM's website.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 1:22am 3 comments

Chinese Malaysians turn against government over race policies

Najib Razak, centre, faces an electorate divided along ethnic lines and needs to win an overwhelming share of the Malay vote. Photo: AP

Malaysian businessman Stanley Thai says he's joining thousands of fellow ethnic Chinese citizens in abandoning support for Prime Minister Najib Razak and voting for the opposition for the first time in an election next month.

30 Apr 2013 - 2:41am

Sultan of Sulu loyalists escape Malaysia military assault, group says

Malaysian army commandos board a helicopter for an assault on Filipino intruders in Sabah. Photo: AP

The national police chief also raised doubts about the success of the air and ground attack, saying "mopping up" operations had yet to find any bodies. That suggested at least some of the militants might have slipped away.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:03am

Head south to the sun


To the Christmas holiday maker, the sun-kissed Queensland experience represents Australia at its best. From its stunning beaches on the Gold Coast, to the magnificent national parks and, of course, the world-famous Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland offers a great alternative to the traditional wintry Yule experience.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Detours: Headman

No matter how much you have read about the skulls, seeing them still carries a charge and triggers a jolt. They are shocking.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Rumble in the jungle

Deep in the mountainous interior of Borneo, in one of the few great forests of Sarawak to survive the depredations of loggers, a tribe of hunter-gatherers are making what they fear may be their last stand.

Until a few years ago the Penan were one of the only tribes of true nomads to survive in Asia's unmapped rainforests along the Malaysian-Indonesian border.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Forest dwellers' ways threatened by encroaching development

By her tribe's reckoning, Semah Ah Yin owns all the forest land within a day's walk of her jungle hut. In reality, the 51-year-old Orang Asli - or 'original people' - from the Semai ethnic group has little to her name and has been evicted from her land four times.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Traditional steps in the right direction

Shahrul Idzman, or Lolong as he's affectionately known, goes through his moves with a confidence and conviction that belie his age. At eight, he's the youngest dancer in a troupe from Semporna, a small coastal town in Malaysia's eastern Sabah state.

18 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

The colour of money

CHINESE MIGRANTS have left their cultural imprint throughout the world over the centuries, spreading not only their religious practices and culinary skills but also their artistic tastes.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Younger cafe set eager to rediscover mixed heritage

The blend of Chinese and indigenous cultures from colonial days is thriving

A RETRO TREND is definitely 'in' among Indonesian urban youths these days. It isn't the swinging 1960s or the trashy 1980s style but something older. The taste of Peranakan Chinese - the mix of Chinese and indigenous cultures that thrived during the Dutch colonial era - is making a comeback.

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Muslims offered cash to marry and convert aboriginals to Islam

Muslims are being offered money and other rewards for converting semi-nomadic indigenous people to Islam through marriage.

The Kelantan state government will give M$10,000 ($21,000) cash, M$1,000 per month, free housing and vehicles worth M$55,000 to Muslims who marry Orang Asli, or Original People.

28 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Old-world charmer

If Southeast Asian history, colour and antique shopping are your bag, and you find yourself in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur, you're in luck. Melaka, a 90-minute drive south and once a bewitching jewel that entranced the seafaring European nations, is today a showcase of Malay, Portuguese, Dutch, British and Chinese architecture and culture.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Aboriginals in jungle fight for their rights

After many years of being shifted to make way for development, the jungle-dwelling Orang Asli aboriginal people of peninsular Malaysia are speaking up for their rights through an association.

Majid Suhut, president of the Association of the Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia, said his people were 'humble' and lived without bothering others.

28 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Chinese politician gets top state job

A leading Chinese politician, Yong Teck Lee, was sworn in yesterday as Chief Minister of Sabah, fulfilling in part a promise by the Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to rotate the job among the state's three main ethnic groups.

29 May 1996 - 12:00am

Fears voiced in dam debate

A GOVERNMENT backbencher has taken the rare step of departing from the party line to voice his concerns over a M$15 billion (HK$45.68 billion) dam.

Billy Abit Joo, a representative of the ruling National Front from the area where the Bakun Dam is to be built, expressed his constituents' concerns over the hydro-electric scheme.

13 Dec 1995 - 12:00am