Malaysia(2010) - Malay(50%), Chinese(22%), Sabah/Sarawak Natives(12%), Indians(7%), Others(1%), Non-Malaysians (8%) - Departments of Statistics Malaysia
50% of the Malaysian population are Malays, according to Department of Statistics Malaysia. It is interesting that it has now become rather difficult to find the percentage of Malays in Malaysia, for unlike before when ethnic breakdowns were provided - nowadays, we do not get Malay statistics - only the collective 'Bumiputra' statistics, and the question to ask is WHY?
Is it an attempt to validate the amount of 'growing power', that seemed to be enjoyed by UMNO in BN? Is it an attempt to validate the relevance of UMNO - a Malay ethnic based party?
The principal Malay ethnic-based political party is UMNO(United Malays National Organisation), whereby our Prime Minister Najib Razak recently claimed that it had about '3 million members' which will be about 10% of Malaysia's population, and 20% of the total Malay population in Malaysia. Whether UMNO really still has '3 million members' is questionable? Of course, the other question is how many of these 3 million members are really still active or still consider themselves UMNO members - how many still support Najib Tun Razak? How many have long left the party - but their names are still on the register? How many knows that they are still party members?
Malaysian Malays, just like Malaysian Chinese and Indians, are really from so many different ethnic groups.
Malays -Bugis, Batak, Minangkabau, Minang, Jawa, Melayu Kelantan,...> Malays of Arab, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Filipina, etc. descent. [There has also been a lot of mixing through marriage - hence many a Malay, when tracing descendency will see that they are part Arab, part Chinese, part Bugis, etc...this and that.]
Chinese - Hainanese, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka, TeoChew, etc
Indian - Tamil, Malayalee, Telugu, Gujerati, Punjabi, etc..
* Many of the different ethnic groups have their own language and cultural differences...
Some say that there are over 150 different ethnic groups in Malaysia > and it means a lot of sense that we be best identified as Malaysians...
But alas, these ethnicities, even amongst Malays still matter - and it matters when it comes to marriage, and even who I will do business with... [Within the different ethnicities, there can still be sub-ethnicities or even class differences..]
In 1957 - the population of Peninsular Malaysia - Malay(49%), Chinese(38%), Indian(11%), Others(2%) [Source: Demographic Trends in Peninsular Malaysia, 1947-75 by Charles Hirschman]
Population to hit 30 million this week, Statistics Department says
* A previous version of this article stated that the male to female ratio was six-to-one, when it is in fact 106:100. However, the ratio used in the story is the male to female figure at birth, which is 107:100. That, and several other figures in the story have since been corrected to reflect the actual statistics.