EMERGING MALAYS: MOVING FROM POVERTY TO STRONG IDENTITY AND HIGH ECONOMIC POWER

Muhammad Nik Maheran Nik(1), Baba Suria(2), Che Omar Ibrahim(3),
(1) Global Entrepreneurship Research and Innovation Centre (GERIC), Malaysia
(2) Global Entrepreneurship Research and Innovation Centre (GERIC), Malaysia
(3) Global Entrepreneurship Research and Innovation Centre (GERIC), Malaysia

Abstract


The purpose of the study is to determine factors that influence the development of future Malays in relation to their economic status, personal identity and leadership position. The study was conducted amongst 505 Malaysian Malays to understand their views about the important elements of emerging Malay. Malay self-attributes, education system and contribution of other parties play different but unique roles in the formation of the emerging Malays. This paper is written with two main objectives: 1) to determine the factors that contribute to emerging Malays with strong identity, economic power and leadership attributes 2) to examine whether the factors of personal attributes, education system, and the role of the community, economic and government support (subsidy) have a significant effect towards the future development of Malays. The authors found that Malaysian Malays are optimistic about the emerging Malaysian culture and are adapting well to the cultural elements of other ethnic groups despite some differences in opinions about what constituted the Malaysian culture.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.33369/ajps.v5i1.9256

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