Nevertheless, on behalf of the Government and from the bottom of my heart, I would like to urge all quarters, not to misconstrue the Bumiputera economic empowerment measures. We will implement all these initiatives and strategies without trampling on the interests of other groups or deny their rights.
"...in fact, a convert is defined as Malay, even Mamak and Malbari..have been absorbed as Malays..."
Malays and Muslim Bumiputras made up 59.7 percent. While, non-Muslim Bumiputras were 7.6 percent of the overall populace.
Let us read the speech of the Prime Minister of all Malaysians...." 6.1 million Bumiputras in 1970, or 56 percent of the populace. The Malays comprised nine main ethnic groups, Orang Asli were divided into 18 categories, Sabah Bumiputras had 40 ethnic groups while Sarawak had 60 ethnic groups.