Ethnic Indians are sprayed with water by riot police during a protest in Kuala Lumpur against racial discrimination in 2007, at the time one of the biggest on record. Photo: AP/Vincent Thian

Who arrived first on the Malay Peninsula? That depends on whether you’re Indian or Malay

  • There is much debate about who were the Malay Peninsula’s original inhabitants, made more heated by the ‘sons of the soil’ status Malaysia gave Malays
  • Many Malaysians think of Chinese and Indians as having arrived under colonial British rule, but some Indians claim a history going back 2,500 years
Topic |   Malaysia

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Ethnic Indians are sprayed with water by riot police during a protest in Kuala Lumpur against racial discrimination in 2007, at the time one of the biggest on record. Photo: AP/Vincent Thian
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