20 Facts About Malaysian Chinese


Malaysian Chinese are traditionally dominant in the business sector of the Malaysian economy.

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Many of Khan's Malaysian Chinese followers settled on the island with Malaysian Chinese traders after the campaign, establishing an enclave along the Kinabatangan River.

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The Malaysian Chinese emperor was reluctant to help the deposed Malaccan ruler reclaim his position since the dynasty foreign policy was changing to maintain friendly relations with the Portuguese.

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Some Malaysian Chinese, including those from Fujian, informed the Portuguese of the trade route between Guangdong and Siam.

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Since the local Malaccan Malaysian Chinese were not treated favourably by the Portuguese, they and most overseas Malaysian Chinese refused to cooperate with them.

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In North Borneo, the Malaysian Chinese co-operated with the British and pledged loyalty to King George VI when the Crown Colony of North Borneo was formed after the war.

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Independence was promised, and supported by the Malays; the Malaysian Chinese population feared being treated as second-class citizens in an independent Malaya.

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Malaysian Chinese Association, led by Tan Cheng Lock and part of the Malaysian Alliance Party, refused to join the struggle for equality.

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Many Malaysian Chinese began to view the Malaysian Chinese Association as more concerned with business and economic interests than social factors, although Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman considered the MCA the sole legitimate representative of the federation's Chinese community.

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The Malaysian Chinese government introduced several policy initiatives in security and development, a neighbourhood-watch program and the People's Volunteer Corps.

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Malaysian Chinese remain the business sector's dominant players; equity ownership doubled from 22.

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The local Malaysian Chinese played a key role in facilitating China's capital to invest in Malaysia while in the process both benefited from expanded markets, lower labour costs and the introduction of different kind of technologies and managerial systems which resulted from Malaysia becoming the largest trading partner to China in Association of Southeast Asian Nations region.

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Since the country's foundation in 1963, the Malaysian Chinese Association was the sole legitimate political representation for ethnic Chinese in Malaysia under the multi-racial political coalition of the Alliance Party .

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The first Malaysian Chinese schools had been established in the country in the 19th century during the British colonial administration.

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When Malaysian Chinese merchants sailed their junks across the South China Sea, they visiting ports in Borneo and Malacca which then have a profound influence on the region.

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Chinese Malaysian cuisine developed a strong penchant for spices and chillies where any local Chinese kopi tiam or restaurant will offer pickled green or red chillies sambal for noodles and rice-based meals.

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The Malaysian Chinese Hokkien are divided into two localised dialects; the Penang Hokkien comprising Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak, and Southern Peninsular Hokkien in Johor, Malacca and neighbouring Singapore.

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Unlike the institutional religion of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, ethnic Malaysian Chinese who follow traditional folk religion do not have separate name for their belief and practices which is similar to the country indigenous people such as Iban and the Orang Asli.

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Malaysian Chinese Christians, including both Catholic and Protestants presence, are mainly visible with their active missionary activities especially among ethnic Malaysian Chinese in East Malaysia with a large proportion than other regions.

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The number of Chinese Muslims are very small compared to Chinese Christians since the latter religion is seen as more tolerance and acceptance, mainly due to the general perception that embracing Islam in Malaysia is like to become Malayised in addition to the ethnic rivalry between Malay and Chinese that makes Islam as less desirable to ethnic Chinese Malaysians.

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