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  • n. Plural form of bumiputra.


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  • A more radical proposal suggests the scrapping of all the race-based privileges that Malays (and other indigenous people known as bumiputras, or "sons of the soil") currently enjoy.

    Murder In Malaysia

  • Under the proposed changes to Malaysia's affirmative action policies, the country will seek to raise the income levels of all disadvantaged groups, rather than focusing solely on ethnic Malays, known as bumiputras, the dominant ethnic group in this Southeast Asian country.

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  • If indeed the bumiputras are the poorest they will automatically be helped the most.


  • The policy, introduced in the 1970s to close the wealth gap between the minority Chinese community and majority Muslim Malays and indigenous groups, known as "bumiputras", is criticised as outdated and uncompetitive.

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  • UMNO Bukit Bendera division chief Ahmad Ismail's "Chinese are penumpang" was the last straw, furnishing another completely unacceptable example of first-generation or second-generation locally-born "bumiputras" questioning the loyalty and patriotism of sixth or seven-generation locally-born "non-bumiputras"!

    Planet Malaysia

  • 'bumiputras' since they form a minority group of about 8\% and release all outlawed HINDRAF ISA detainees, MIC would be able to win over the Indian votes and fulfill its aim as the

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • "bumiputras" ( "sons of the soil"), who should be given preferential treatment over those who migrated to the country later-i. e., the Chinese and Indians, now resident for well over 100 years.


  • However, the special rights given to the bumiputras have to be revised.

    If I were the Prime Minister, I would...

  • While the original NEP called for Malays to get 30% of the country's wealth -- whatever that means -- subsequent economic plans inserted vague language calling for more "wealth creation" for bumiputras.

    Pro-Malay Malaise

  • Business leaders tell me they have a hard time sourcing good local talent, across a range of industries -- largely because they're required to have 30% bumiputras on their staff.

    Pro-Malay Malaise


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