Constitutionally, Mamak are not Malays: Shekh Fadzir brothers without Kadir: Indians or Malays?Malay is so emb...

Constitutionally, Mamak are not Malays: Shekh Fadzir brothers without Kadir: Indians or Malays?Malay is so emb...

by ROSLI DAHLAN and Mohammad AFIF DAUD The confusion between the constitutional definition and the understanding of the word Malay is because it is used in many contexts. MOST people understand the term Malay as referring to an ethnic group and therefore look askance at the Federal Constitution as having a racial basis. We are suggesting that it does not. The first part of the definition of Malay in Article 160 of the Constitution reads: “Malay” means a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay custom ... This oft-quoted meaning tends to suggest that: (1) anyone could by religious conversion and adoption of custom and language belong; (2) anyone born a Malay is compelled by law to be a Muslim. There is a second half to the definition that has to be fulfilled before a person can be considered a Malay within the meani...

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