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  • n. A citizen of Malaysia having indigenous Malay ancestry


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From Sanskrit भूमि (bhūmi) + पुत्र (putra); via Malay son of the soil


  • Though the Malays and other indigenous peoples, together known as bumiputra in Malay, make up about 60% of the population, they have traditionally been poorer than the Chinese and Indian immigrants, who have long dominated the nation's business and trade.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The Malay and indigenous groups, collectively known as bumiputra, or sons of the soil, are regarded as economically disadvantaged and have benefited from a range of policies intended to increase their prosperity relative to the ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, who account for about 34 per cent of the population.

    Planet Malaysia

  • The increasingly militant campaign is showing close parallels with Malaysia's "bumiputra" policies, often criticised as

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • It is being compared with Malaysia ` s controversial "bumiputra" laws that reserve whole sections of national life for the majority

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Malaysia has long be depending much of the Indonesians in making up their "bumiputra" of today.

    Search for "anxiety"

  • A key pillar of the document is affirmative action for all Malaysians, who prefer it to the current policy of helping only the 'bumiputra'or native Malays and indigenous people.

    IPS Inter Press Service

  • At that time there no such as bumiputra and so on, but we live happily ever after TILL … … the son of a gun mamak kutty started seperating the Malays.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • Other, non-Islamic countries are nasty too, of course — a hell of a lot nastier than Malaysia which, with its Islam Hadhari (Islam today), has made a decent fist of ensuring that women receive equal rights and ‘sub-standard’ (i.e. not bumiputra, not ethnic Malay) citizens have a considerable amount of freedom under the law to practise their religions.

    We should not absolve Islam of the crimes committed in its name

  • In this light, Prime Minister Najib's act this weekend was really one shot fired in a two-front struggle: against the old-line elements of his own party, who cling to the increasingly outdated notions of Malay supremacy as enshrined in the bumiputra system of economic preferences on the one hand; and against the genuinely extremist collection of shari'a proponents and Jew-baiters arrayed against him in the political sphere.

    Joshua Treviño: A Step Forward in Malaysia

  • Earlier, in his speech, Najib said the book city would be set up at a strategic location in Kuala Lumpur, specifically for bumiputra publishers.

    A City for Books?


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