Malaysia is a multicultural society, with Malays, Chinese and Indians living side by side. The Malays are the largest community, numbering 60% of the population, following the Muslim religion, speak Bahasa Melayu, and are largely responsible for the country's political destiny. About a quarter of the population is the Chinese which are mostly include Buddhists or Christian. They speak Hokkien, Cantonese, and Hakka and have been historically played an important role in trade and business. The Indians descent comprises about 7% of the population in Malaysia which are mainly Hindu Tamils. They speak Tamil, Malayalam and others and live in the peninsula. The country's official language in Malaysia is Malay, but English is widely spoken. Although people often said that Malaysia is a peaceful country, but communities are still largely separate, and things are not always so calm. During the Japanese occupation, Chinese and Malays were fought by each other and in 1969,Chinese were treated the most harshly and hundreds of Chinese were killed in riots. This violence grew out of Malays dissatisfy about Chinese superiority in doing business. So the government find a solution which was the new Economic Policy which underlines the unity of all people to solve this problem. The land of Malaysia has being influenced by many cultures, but there are only a few have had a lasting impression. These three cultures which are Malay, Chinese and Indians have maintained their individual identity and keeping their cultures in the land of Malaysia. They have learnt to create a merge of all three which lead to be peaceful existence of contemporary multicultural Malaysia. One of the classic examples of the amalgamation of cultures comes in the form of Chinese and Malay. Chinese are the earliest immigrant to the Straits, with adopting the Malaysian culture. They marry with the Malays and produced a new set of generation which called babas or nonyas.
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