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Jelonek Adam W.
The Cultural Background of Pluralism in Malaysia
International Studies : Interdisciplinary Political and Cultural Journal, 2009/2010, vol. 11/12, s. 67-80, bibliogr. 19 poz.
Pluralizm kulturowy, Sytuacja społeczno-ekonomiczna, Grupy etniczne, , Rdzenni mieszkańcy
Cultural pluralism, Social and economic conditions, Ethnics group, , Indigenous peoples
The problem of pluralism in Malaysia has attracted keen interest among scholars and commentators from this country as well as from outside the region. The continuing importance of the problem can be gleaned from the current ethnic mix in the Malaysian population, which in 1998, numbered 22.2 million. Of the total population, the majority is made up of people regarded as being the original or indigenous peoples of the country, known in Malay as bumiputera (lit., "sons/daughters of the soil"). They comprise 57.8 percent of the total; of this percentage, Malays comprise 49.0 percent and non-Malay bumiputera the remaining 8.8 percent. The bumiputera are followed by Chinese at 24.9 percent, Indians 7.0 percent, and "Others" 3.1 percent (Malaysia 1999, 96-97). Resident aliens, made up mostly of Indonesian migrant workers, comprise a significant 7.2 percent of the total population. (fragment of text)
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