Indian Muslims qualified to be bumiputra, say netizens
KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s plans to study a request from the Indian Muslim community to be recognised as bumiputra appears to have drawn some positive reactions from netizens.
One Facebook user, Faizul Amri, agreed Indian Muslims should be granted bumiputra status, pointing out that the community were similar to the Malay community in terms of culture.
“They speak fluent Bahasa Malaysia, they practice the Malay culture and the same religion.”
He noted that the Indian Muslim community fulfilled the requirements to be classified as a Malay under Article 160 of the Federal Constitution.
“Indian Muslims are qualified. They should be granted bumiputra status,” he said in a comment.
Article 160 in the Federal Constitution defines three categories of Malays: Malay-speaking Muslims born in Singapore or Malaya before Merdeka; Malay-speaking Muslims domiciled in Singapore or Malaya before Aug 31, 1957; and the descendants of the first and second categories.
It also defines a Malay person as a person who professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language and conforms to Malay customs.
Another netizen, Suresh Naidu also agreed with Faizul, stating that the definition of a Malay was clearly laid out in the Federal Constitution.
“It makes sense. Malays are defined in the constitution as Muslims practicing the Malay culture and language.”
However, another netizen, Hatta Bin Morshidi said that the privileges that came along with the bumiputra status appeared to be irrelevant.
“I don’t see much privileges of being a bumiputra because, at the end of the day, hard work and perseverance will make you what you are.”
On Tuesday night, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the government would study a request from the Federation of Malaysian Indian Muslim Associations to be recognised as bumiputra.
He said, however, the matter of how it would be implemented required further research in terms of administration and gazettement.