I came across some articles in MALAYSIAKINI which you might find interesting as they seem to highlight something that we have long taken for granted as The Way of the World, for Malaysia at least! Here it is commonly assumed and understood that by virtue of of conversion to Islam you constitutionally become a Malay.
Umno full of 'non-Malay' leaders
by Jamiliah Kassim | Nov 19, 07 4:34pm
The Indian-Muslim opportunists in Umno
by AM Raj | Nov 21, 07 6:16pm
Some points from these articles.
- Malaysia is the only place in the world where one can change one’s race.
- Many of them, indeed, occupy senior positions in Umno.
- There is another Umno leader whose late father was a state MIC chief!
- They continue to make a mockery of the New Economic Policy by grabbing opportunities meant for the bumiputeras.
Are these people trying so hard to convert to become the "Malay" merely for reasons associated to the Malay special rights or is it simply fashionable these days to be called a Malay and ostracizing your own? Indeed we are a long way from a bANGSA mALAYSIA