excerpt from the malaysia chronicles:
In a tell-all book, Mahathir states categorically that he is a Malay.
“Some claim that my father was Malayalee and was fluent in both Tamil and Malayalam. Some have even written that he was a Hindu who converted to Islam to marry my mother. Others say they have seen documents clearly stating my ethnicity.
“I admit that some Indian, or more accurately South Asian blood flows in my veins, but from which part of the Indian subcontinent my ancestors came I do not know,” he says in the beginning of Chapter three of the 62 chapter memoirs, which is 843 pages long.
he had admitted his ancestors came from india and yet he did not want to admit he’s indian. yes we heard about that earlier – him claiming he is malay through and through on 4 march when he also said that malays are not immigrants in this country. well, he argues that arabs, indians and indonesians have become malay through assimilation.
a PAS MP had stated, of all people, dr m should remember his own indian ancestry before claiming his ‘malayness’. anyway, he asked dr m if there is such a thing as ‘original ethnic Malay’ and what is his source of information if he says such a group exists,
“The people Malaysians call ‘Malay’, are actually only a tiny sub-component of the much larger Austronesian group. And all Austronesians are the end-product of extensive inter-breeding between the Taiwanese and Dravidic Indians. All this has finally been irrefutably proven by independent DNA testings from world-class faculties”.
famous blogger cum lawyer, haris ibrahim had made several posts about dr m as ‘the indian who migrated from kerala, india’.
well so it looks like dr m won’t be saying “i’m a malay with indian origin” – is he ashamed of his indian origin?