Indians in Malaysia

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I have lived in Malaysia for over 20 years. During this time, I have developed a great appreciation for the cultures and customs that exist in Malaysia, which have inspired me to write more about the rich cultures of this nation.

Indian people have been migrating to this region even before the British colonised it, expanding their trading network, spreading their influence, and promoting their beliefs. After the British began their colonisation, they encouraged Indians to migrate to British Malaya, or what is known as present-day Malaysia and Singapore, to work in various sectors such as the police force, government administrative work or as labourers in plantations. During and after World War II (1936 – 1945), the Indian population in Malaysia started to decrease, as many Indians went to serve in the Indian National Army, and many British institutions began to leave British Malaya.

Today, we can see Indian influence in various aspects of Malaysia’s culture, such as in the Malay language, Malay cuisine, and Malay folklore. This article covers the history of Indians in Malaysia, their unique festivals, notable Indian personalities in Malaysia, and Indian influence on Malaysian cultures.

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Indian Migration to Malaysia

The ruins of a Hindu temple in Kedah

The ruins of a Hindu temple in Kedah

Pre-British Colonial Rule

Prior to the arrival of the British Colonies, Indians had travelled to the Malay Peninsula (what is known now as West Malaysia) to trade, spread their religion, and expand their territory and influence. Indian influence can be seen in the ancient kingdoms such as Old Kedah, which was predominantly Hindu before becoming a Muslim sultanate. Kedah was often referred to as Kadaram at that time, and the state maintained long, fruitful relationships with several powerful Tamil kingdoms, such as the Pallava Dynasty (4th – 9th century CE) and the Chola Dynasty (9th – 13th century CE).

A map of the Chola Empire. Kedah, also known as Kadaram in India, was one of the Chola Empire’s subordinates

A map of the Chola Empire. Kedah, also known as Kadaram in India, was one of the Chola Empire’s subordinates.

Emperor Rajendra Chola I

Emperor Rajendra Chola I

A ship from the Chola Empire that can carry up to 200 people

A ship from the Chola Empire that can carry up to 200 people

In 1025, Emperor Rajendra Chola I (r. 1014 – 1044 CE) led his troops to attack the Srivijaya Kingdom and other locations around present day Malaysia and Indonesia to weaken the region. As a result of this invasion, Tamil traders gained more access to nations in South East Asia, including Malaysia. The Chola Empire had large ships that travel to the present-day Ganges, Malaysia, and Sumatera, which helped facilitate the mobilisation of Indian traders and missionaries to these regions. Today, evidence of interactions between the people of Old Kedah and India can still be seen. In present day Tanjore, now a part of South India but formerly a territory of the Chola Empire, there is a village called Kadaram Kodan. In that village, there is an orange species, kadarangkay or kadaram-pulp that was originally brought from Malaysia.

Jalan Kadaram in Kedah State

Jalan Kadaram in Kedah State, another evidence of interaction between India and the Old Kedah

 

During British Colonial Rule

Indian plantation workers in British Malaya, by Charles Kleingrothe, a German photographer

Indian plantation workers in British Malaya, by Charles Kleingrothe, a German photographer

In the 18th century, the British took control of the Malay Peninsula, and referred to the present-day Malaysia and Singapore as British Malaya. The British encouraged the migration of Indian labourers to British Malaya due to their general understanding of the English language, and they were employed as labourers, policemen, traders, government administrative officials, and soldiers. The Indians who migrated to British Malaya during this period were mostly men who left their families back in India. Therefore, the Indian population often fluctuated as the men came to British Malaya to work, and then left to visit their families or return home.

The SS Rajula, a British vessel that transported many Indians to British Malaya

The SS Rajula, a British vessel that transported many Indians to British Malaya

At the start of the 20th century, there were approximately 120,000 Indians living in British Malaya. That number increased by more than 433% in the span of 30 years, with around 640,000 Indians residing in the region by 1931. During World War II, the Indian population growth rate decreased considerably, as many of them had to serve in the army. From 1931 to 1957, the Indian population in Malaysia grew by only 28% to approximately 820,000 people.

Artist’s illustration of an Indian coffee shop in Negeri Sembilan in British Malaya

Artist’s illustration of an Indian coffee shop in Negeri Sembilan in British Malaya

After the unsuccessful attempt to set up the Malayan Union between 1946 and 1948, the British Administrators established the Federation of Malaya in 1948, which acknowledged the symbolic status of the Malay rulers. On 31 August 1957, the Federation of Malaya declared its independence from the British Empire, which marked the end of the British colonial rule. After the Federation of Malaya declared its independence, and the British administration and institutions left the country, the Indian population in the region decreased even further.

On 16 September 1963, the Federation of Malaysia, henceforth simply known as Malaysia, was established. Its members included the former members of the Federation of Malaya and three new members: Singapore, North Borneo, and Sarawak. Singapore exited the Federation two years later.

 

Post-British Colonial Rule

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Today, there is still an influx of Indian migration to Malaysia. They consist of white-collar professionals, blue-collar workers who work in Indian restaurants, and foreign spouses who are married to Malaysian Indians.

 

Population Statistics

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The estimated total Malaysian population as per July 2016 is 30,949,962 people. Amongst this, Indian ethnic groups accounted for 6.7% of the whole population, or approximately two million people. 90% of Malaysian Indians are of the Tamil ethnic group. The remaining 10% consists of Telugu, Malayalee, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Sindhi ethnic groups. The Indian community in Malaysia speak several dialects depending on their ethnicities, such as Tamil, Telugu, Malay, Hindi, and Punjabi.

 

Religions

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Pre-colonial and colonial Indian settlers in Malaysia were predominantly Buddhist or Hindu. However, today due to the assimilation with other ethnicities, some Indians have embraced other beliefs, such as Islam and Christianity.

 

Indian Influence in Local Malaysian Culture

A performance of Hikayat Seri Rama

A performance of Hikayat Seri Rama

Local Folklores

Several of the local Malay folklores are heavily influenced by Indian mythologies, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. The oldest of these tales were originally written in Indian languages such as Sanskrit and Pallava, such as:

  • Hikayat Seri Rama – an adaptation of the Indian mythology of Ramayana, with slight modifications in the characters’ circumstances and personalities.
  • Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa also known as The Kedah Annals – a piece of Tamil literature that tells a story of a Tamil Prince and his relationship with the state of Kedah. The tale also describes how the traders from the Chola Empire came and their transactions in Kedah.
  • Hikayat Panca Tanderan – adapted from Panchatantra, a collection of animal fables from India.
  • Hikayat Bayan Budiman – adapted from Sukasaptati, an Indian literary work where a parrot tells a story to her mistress to prevent her from going the wrong way.
An illustration of Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa on a Malaysian stamp

An illustration of Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa on a Malaysian stamp

 

Language

Indian influence is also apparent in the Malay language, as some Malay words are derived from languages such as Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil.

Several Malaysian words which we originated from Indian vocabularies:

Malay Words English Translation Original Words Original Language
Agama Religion Agama Sanskrit
Aksara Alphabet letter Aksara Sanskrit
Anugerah Grace, blessings Anugraha Sanskrit
Asmara Passion Smara Sanskrit
Buat Do Wuat Sanskrit
Bumi Earth Bhūmi Sanskrit
Cendana Sandalwood Candana Sanskrit
Dobi Laundry Dhobī Hindi
Duka Grief Dhuka Sanskrit
Kapal Boat Kappal Tamil
Kedai Stall Kadai Tamil
Kuil Temple/ shrine Koyil Tamil
Kuda Horse Kudda Sanskrit
Maha Great Maha Sanskrit
Mangga Mango Mangkai Tamil
Wanita Women Vanithai Tamil/ Telugu
Mutiara Pearl Muthu Tamil
Kakak Older sibling Akka Tamil

 

Festivals Associated with Malaysian Indians

Thaipusam Festival celebration at Batu Caves

Thaipusam Festival celebration at Batu Caves

Thaipusam – Festival of the God of War

Thaipusam is the festival to honour the god of war, Lord Murugan, also known as the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated during the full moon in the month of Thai on the Tamil calendar (between January and February). On the eve of Thaipusam, the devotees of Lord Murugan perform Kavadi Attam, or the Burden Dance, where the devotees show their gratitude to Lord Murugan through acts of penance. The devotees often carry pots that contain milk as offerings to Lord Murugan, and they may also pierce their body parts. It is not unusual to see Lord Murugan’s followers in a deep trance throughout the festival.

Women carrying Paal Kavadi that contain milk and other holy substances during a Thaipusam procession

Women carrying Paal Kavadi that contain milk and other holy substances during a Thaipusam procession

Thaipusam is celebrated in many Hindu temples in Malaysia, but the biggest events are usually held in the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves.

 

Deepavali – Festival of Lights

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Deepavali or Diwali is the Festival of Lights that is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the month of Kartika on the Hindu calendar (between October and November). This festival is to honour the Goddess Laksmi, who is believed to be the deity that bestows wealth, fortune, and prosperity. Before the festival, Lakshmi’s devotees clean their homes to prepare for her arrival. Many shops and stalls, such as those in Little India, Brickfields, sell Indian ornaments for home decoration. In addition, visitors can find many beautiful Indian traditional clothes and jewellery. On the eve of Deepavali, the devotees pray to the Goddess either at home or in the temples. Then, they gather with their relatives for a feast, and light oil-filled clay lamps, which is a symbol of good triumphing over evil.

Deepavali celebration in Malaysia

Deepavali celebration in Malaysia

 

Vishu

The female members of a Malayalee family prepare vishu kanni or offering to Lord Vishnu. The offerings include gold coins, vegetables, flowers and fruits.

The female members of a Malayalee family prepare vishu kanni or offering to Lord Vishnu. The offerings include gold coins, vegetables, flowers and fruits.

Vishu is the new year of Malayalee ethnic group. It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Medam on the Malayalee calendar (around the second week of April). For the Malayalee, Vishu is the most auspicious occasion to pray and make offerings to Hindu holy deities. During this happy occasion, it is common for Malayalee elders to give kaineetam or money offerings to the younger generation.

Malayalee elders often give kaineetam or money offering to the younger generation

Malayalee elders often give kaineetam or money offering to the younger generation

 

Onam

The Festival of Onam, a celebration of gratitude

The Festival of Onam, a celebration of gratitude

Onam is a Malayalee harvest festival that is celebrated in the month of Chingam on the Malayalam calendar (between August and September). Onam is a harvest festival that celebrates the end of the rice planting season, and the return of King Mahabali, the benevolent demon king, from the underworld.

The celebration of Onam at the Klang Malayalee Association

The celebration of Onam at the Klang Malayalee Association

 

Ugadi

Ugadi celebration organised by Telugu Association of Malaysia

Ugadi celebration organised by Telugu Association of Malaysia

Ugadi is the New Year celebration for Telugu ethnic group. It is celebrated in the month of Chaitra on the Panchanga Indian calendar (between March and April). Before the eve of Ugadi, the Telugu clean their homes, purchase new clothes, and decorate their homes with mango leaves and colourful rangoli, floor patterns made from coloured rice, flour, sand, and petals. On the eve of Ugadi, the eldest person in the household leads the family in a prayer ceremony to the Hindu deities, asking for blessings, good health, wealth, and happiness in the coming year.

 

Notable places associated with Indians in Malaysia

The following are two known places that represent Indian culture in Malaysia.

Little India, Brickfields entrance

Little India, Brickfields entrance

Little India, Brickfields

Little India is located within walking distance from the KL Sentral Station in Brickfields. The Malaysian government transformed a residential area in Brickfields into a hub for the Indian community and businesses, and thus the place was known as Little India. In October 2010, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Tun Abdul Razak officially inaugurated Little India in Brickfields.

Little India, Brickfields

Little India, Brickfields

Today, Little India in Brickfields spans from Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambathan. There are many vendors that sell Indian food, ornaments, accessories, jewelleries, garments, and ingredients. Little India is a lively area, with many vendors open till late at night. However, finding a parking can be challenging, so visitors can choose to take the train, get off at KL Sentral Station and walk to Little India.

 

Visiting Little India, Brickfields

Transportation
There are many transportation options to go to Little India, Brickfields:

  • Monorail – Visitors can take the KL Monorail and get off at the Tun Sambanthan station
  • Light Rapid Transit (LRT) – Visitors can board an LRT on the Kelana Jaya Line and get off at the KL Sentral station.
  • Train – Visitors can take the KTM Komuter Line or Express Rail Link (ERL) and get off at the KL Sentral station.
  • Bus – Visitors can choose to take any RapidKL buses that go through Brickfields. Visit the RapidKL site for more information at http://www.myrapid.com.my/

Accommodation
Should you prefer to stay around Little India in Brickfields, the following are available accommodations in the area (please do further research to find the most suitable accommodations for your needs):

  1. OYO Rooms Brickfields Little India
    Address:
    My Signature Hotel Little India
    130 Jalan Thamby Abdullah
    Kuala-Lumpur, KL Sentral, 50470
    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60104011393
  2. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel
    Address:
    No. 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5,
    Kuala Lumpur Sentral
    50470 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3-2723 1188

 

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Batu Caves, also known as the Rock Caves in English, is a Hindu temple in Selangor located 13 kilometres away from downtown Kuala Lumpur. The temple was built to honour Lord Murugan, the god of war. Batu Caves attracts millions of devotees and tourists every year, as it is the main site for the Thaipusam Festival. Visitors can receive blessings from the Hindu priests in the temple.

The name of the cave was inspired from the Sungai Batu, a river that passes through a limestone hill and three major caves around the location. There are three other major caves in the area: Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave, Cave Villa, Ramayana Cave.

Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple
Address:
Batu Caves
68000 Selangor
Malaysia
Phone: +603 6189 6284
Fax: +603 6187 2404
Email: batu_caves@yahoo.com

 

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave

Temple Cave is the largest cave in the area and especially dedicated to Lord Murugan. On the outside of the cave, visitors can see the world’s tallest image of Lord Murugan, a 42-metre tall, majestic, golden statue. To reach the Temple Cave, visitors must climb 272 steps from the foothill. There is no fee charged to enter Temple Cave, but if they want to, visitors can make voluntary donations.

Cave Villa

Cave Villa

Cave Villa

Cave Villa is located at the foot of Batu Caves and it contains in an art gallery and a museum that display images and statues of various Hindu deities. To enter Cave Villa, international visitors should pay RM15 per person, while Malaysian residents can pay RM7 per person.

Art Gallery at Cave Villa.

Art Gallery at Cave Villa.

The pool outside Cave Villa in Batu Caves.

The pool outside Cave Villa in Batu Caves.

Ramayana Cave

Ramayana Cave

Ramayana Cave

Ramayana Cave is located to the left of the limestone hill. On the way to Ramayana Cave, visitors will see a 15-metre tall green statue of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god from the Ramayana mythology. The statue was possibly built on that location because of the many monkeys residing in Batu Caves.

In addition to the statue of Hanuman, visitors will get to see a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The wall inside the Ramayana Cave is filled with the drawings that depict the story of Ramayana. To enter Ramayana Cave, visitors must pay RM5 per person.

Hanuman statue in front of Ramayana Cave

Hanuman statue in front of Ramayana Cave

Visiting Batu Caves

Batu Caves is located around 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. During the Thaipusam festival, a special bus service will be available from KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves to transport devotees and visitors. Visitors can also choose to use taxi services. Another option is to use the KTM Komuter line (Batu Caves – Seremban route) or, if visitors are travelling from Kuala Lumpur City, they can choose to take the KTM Komuter line from KL Sentral to Batu Caves, which cost RM2 each way.

 

Indian Cuisine in Malaysia

Banana Leaf Rice

Banana leaf rice

Indian influence can also be seen in Malaysia’s cuisine. Since 90% of Indians in Malaysia are of Tamil ethnicity, some Malaysian cuisines have been influenced by South Indian cuisine, and have created what is now called Mamak cuisine.

Generally, Malaysian Indian dishes contain curry leaves, spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and fresh coconuts. Some examples of Malaysian Indian cuisine include accar, appam, avail, banana leaf rice, briyani rice, roti canai, chapatti, and many more.

Briyani Rice

Briyani rice

Roti Canai

Roti canai

If you prefer to have authentic Indian food, there are several Indian restaurants in Malaysia that you can try:

  • Spice of India
    Address:
    Level 4 Suria KLCC, Suria KLCC
    Jalan Ampang
    50088 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3-2164 9221
    Hours: 11:30AM–10PM
  • Chappati.com
    Address:
    9B-2, Jalan Kemajuan
    Seksyen 13,
    Petaling Jaya
    46200 Selangor
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-7931 3106
    Hours:11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10:30PM
  • Namaste Indian Restaurant
    Address:
    4, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman
    Taman Tun Dr Ismail
    60000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-7724 1195
    Hours: 10AM–10PM
  • Sagar Restaurant Sdn. Bhd.
    Address:
    4, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar
    59000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-2284 2532
    Hours: 12–3PM, 6–10:30PM

 

Prominent Personalities of Indian heritage

Throughout their long history, Indians have played major roles and contribute to the betterment of Malaysia. The followings are selected well-known personalities of Indian heritage.

 

Historical Personalities

An artist’s illustration of Tun Fatimah on a Malaysian stamp

An artist’s illustration of Tun Fatimah on a Malaysian stamp

Tun Fatimah

Tun Fatimah was the only surviving daughter of Tun Mutahir of Malacca. She was married to a man named Tun Ali before becoming the third wife of Sultan Mahmud Shah, after he killed all her family members. She had miscarried many times during the first several years of her marriage to Sultan Mahmud Shah due to her grief. The Sultan then promised her that should she bear a male heir, her son would be the heir presumptive to the throne. After that, Tun Fatimah managed to give birth to two sons and two daughters.

Malay actress Maria Menado playing the role of Tun Fatimah.

Malay actress Maria Menado playing the role of Tun Fatimah.

Tun Fatimah was a popular and charismatic queen consort. During her tenure, she made sure to punish everyone who was involved in murdering her family members, except for her husband. After Malacca was invaded by Portugal, two of her sons moved on and established their own sultanates. Her first son, Raja Raden Ali established the Perak Sultanate and her second son, Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II established the Johor Sultanate.

 

Tun Ali of Malacca (in office: 1445-1456)

Sri Nara Diraja Tun Ali was the fourth Prime Minister of the Malaccan Sultanate who was of Tamil ethnicity. He was such a powerful personality in within the Malaccan Sultanate that after the death of his master, Raja Sri Parameswara Dewa Shah, also known as Sultan Abu Syahid Shah (r. 1444 – 1446), he enthroned his nephew, Raja Kassim as the new sultan of Malacca and bestowed him the title of Sultan Muzaffar Shah (r. 1445 – 1459).

 

Tun Mutahir of Malacca (in office: 1500-1510)

Tun Mutahir was the seventh Prime Minister of the Malaccan Sultanate. He was of Tamil descent and a Muslim leader. During his tenure, he installed many Muslim officials, who happened to be his relatives, in key government positions. This practice of nepotism provoked opposition from Raja Mudaliar, the then leader of the Port of Malacca, who accused Tun Mutahir of plotting to take the throne. Upon hearing this news, the ruler of the time, Sultan Mahmud Shah ordered that all family members of Tun Mutahir be killed, except for one person, Tun Fatimah, whom the sultan opted to marry.

 

Businessmen

 

Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez

Tan Sri Anthony Francis Fernandez, known better as Tony Fernandez, was born on 30 April 1964 in Kuala Lumpur to an Indian family. He famously saved AirAsia, a former government affiliated airline, from the verge of bankruptcy, and turned it into one of the most lucrative low-cost airlines in the world. In addition to AirAsia, he is the founder and shareholder of the Tune Hotels chain of budget hotels, as well as the Caterham F1 Formula One team.

 

Ananda Krishnan

Ananda Krishnan

Ananda Krishnan

Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan was born on 1 April 1938 to a Tamil family descended from Sri Lanka. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree from Harvard University, he went on to own many companies in various industries such as Astro and Johnston Press PLC media services, the MEASAT and SES satellites, oil and gas companies Bumi Armada and Pexco, and telecommunications companies such as Maxis, Aircel, Axis, Sri Lanka Telecom. The 2016 Forbes Magazine named him the 158th richest person in the world, and the 2nd richest person in Malaysia.

 

Arts and Entertainment

 

V. Nagaraj

V. Nagaraj is a notable movie producer and director in Malaysia, born on 20 November 1962 to a Tamil family. He has been working in the Malaysian entertainment industry for over 30 years and directed many Malay movies such as, Gila-Gila Remaja, Mati Hidup Semula, Sepi Itu Indah, Keluarga 99, and many more. V. Nagaraj won the Best Promising Director award for his movie, Ghazal Untuk Rabiah, and he also won the Best Director award in the Malaysian Indian Film Festival in Chennai.

 

Activists and social workers

 

Ambiga Sreenevasan

Ambiga Sreenevasan

Ambiga Sreenevasan

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan is a Malaysian lawyer and a human rights activist, born in 1956 to an Indian family. Dato’ Ambiga is the member of Women’s Aid Organisation Executive Committee, and the Director of the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre. She was previously the 24th Malaysian Bar Council President from 2007 to 2009.

 

Politicians

 

Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad (1925)

Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad

Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981 – 2003), and currently serves as Chairman of Malaysian United Indigenous Party. Born on 10 July 1925 to a family of Indian descent in Kedah, his father was a school principal who inspired Mahathir to work hard in school.

Tun Dato’ Mahathir is one of the most prominent figures in Malaysian politics, and has held many key positions, such as member of Dewan Rakyat (1964 – 1969), member of Dewan Negara (1972 – 1974), 21st Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement, Minister of Education (1974 – 1977), Minister of Trade and Industry (1978 – 1981), Minister of Defence (1981 – 1986), Minister of Home Affairs (1986 – 1999), Minister of Finance (2001 – 2003), fourth Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (1976 – 1981), and as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981 – 2003).

 

Devan Nair Chengara Veetil (1923 – 2005)

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C.V. Devan Nair (1923 – 2005)

Commonly known as C.V. Devan Nair, was the third President of Singapore. He was born on 5 August 1923 in Malacca to a family who came from Kerala, India. When he was ten years old, his family migrated to Singapore. In 1954, C.V. Devan Nair entered the People’s Action Party (PAP) founded by Lee Kuan Yew, who later became Singapore’s Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. From there, he became a notable figure in Malaysian and Singapore politics. During his lifetime, he held many important positions, such as the Secretary General of the Democratic Action Party in Malaysia (1965 – 1967), the Secretary General of the Malaysian People’s Action Party in Malaysia (1965), member of the Malaysian Parliament for Bungsar, Selangor (1964 – 1969), member of the Singapore Parliament for Anson (1979 – 1981), and finally, the third President of Singapore from 1981 to 1985.

 

V.T. Sambanthan (1919 – 1979)

V. T. Sambanthan giving a garland of flowers to Tunku Abdul Rahman

V. T. Sambanthan giving a garland of flowers to Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tun Thirunyanasambanthan s/o Veerasamy, also known as T. Sampatang, was born in 1919 in Sungai Siput, Perak. He was the fifth President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) from 1955 to 1973 and one of the leaders who played an important role in the Malaysian independence movement. V.T. Sambanthan was considered as the founding fathers of Malaysia together with Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tan Cheng Lock.

 
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  1. Anne Ong on Apr 4, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    It’s really interesting and great to know about the Indian Migration to Malaysia. We Malaysians have a very beautiful and wonderful multi-cultural race and traditions. I love it when Deepavali and Thaipusam comes 😀 . Indian foods are one of my favourite!😍
    Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for sharing this wonderful history of Indian Migration to Malaysia.👍

  2. wan wai meng on Feb 3, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Indians culture being so rich and powerful affected many neighbouring countries and statements. As early as the 1st century Indian kings and culture had pervaded Bujang Valley, where Kedah is now located.

    The history and culture of Bujang Valley predates Borobudur in Java and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Why Bujang Valley has not emerged as a top tourist destination is a mystery to me given that it has so much archaelogical and historical value.

    Look at more recent times, the Indians had contributed much to Malaysian history and development, I wish the Indians would carry on contributing to the state of Malaysia.

  3. NgJesvin on Jan 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    From labour to citizen. Indian people are same as Chinese people in Malaysia. Both races traveled far from their home and looking for a scoop of rice in 18th century.

    Without Indian and Chinese people, the uniqueness of Malaysian Culture would not have existed. After six decades of independence, the cultures of Malay, Indian and Chinese blend very well in this country. It overrides the boundary of language, skin colour and religion.

    Thank you Rinpoche for covering this subject for us.

    Humbly with hand folded,
    NgJesvin

  4. Julien Roth on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:11 am

    There is only one thing to say, without Indians Malaysia wouldn’t be the same. They have become quite a big part of the country. They have influenced many things such as food, lifestyle and music. And for sure none of these can be reversed. Batu Caves, for me, feels like the most popular Indian tourist destination of the world. That is the kind of impacts they have on Malaysia.

    Being a Malaysian I can safely say that I am not proud about several aspects of my country. Malaysian drivers, corruption, litter, just to name a few. But I have to say, you will probably never find a country with more diversity than Malaysia. We really are united as a nation and I do truly believe the phrase “Satu Malaysia”. For me that is Malaysias strongest attribute.

  5. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article on the Indians in Malaysia. It makes us understand more deeply and appreciate more the unique Indian culture and tradition as practised in Malaysia.Although the Indian ethnic group contributes presently to only 6.7% of the whole population of Malaysia, yet over the years since the first influx of migrants from India, the Indians in Malaysia have left an indelible mark on especially local Malay culture, cuisine and language. Note that several of the local Malay folklores are heavily influenced by rich Indian mythologies, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. We see this in the ‘Hikayats’ particularly the Kedah Annals.Some of the Malay words show the influence of the Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil languages.

    In terms of religion, pre-colonial and colonial Indian settlers in Malaysia were predominantly Buddhist or Hindu. However, today due to the assimilation with other ethnicities, some Indians have embraced other beliefs, such as Islam and Christianity.

    Thaipusam and Deepavali have become widely celebrated in Malaysia as festivals, not necessarily confined to only Malaysian Indians. The Thaipusam festival is a celebration to honour the god of war, Lord Murugan.Devotees show their gratitude to Lord Murugan through acts of penance ,like piercing their cheeks with lances and carrying the kavadi, often in a state of trance. What characterises the worship of the Hindu gods and goddesses is that there is a great display of exceptional reverence and devotion.

  6. Eddie Yee on Jan 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Though Malaysia was said to be a multiracial country, Malaysia’s early racial political leading group, The Barisan National, have stood well to remain steadfastly united to overcome all “Divisive social political challenges”. In the Barisan, irrespective whether you are a Malay, a Chinese or an Indian, all must always renew their steadfast commitments towards the Country’s nation-building goal, with their deepest and truest honesty. Like all true malaysian, the Indian community in Malaysia, could have shown resilence and resourcefulness in helping out Malaysia at such needs, and thereby, the Indians in Malaysia today, can enjoy the fruits of their labour like all true Malaysians do! As in the old record of Malaysia’s inportant history, one very prominent indian leader worthy of mention, and who had helped play an important role in the Malaysian Independence movement, which had made Malaysia what it is today, was non other than Tun V.T.SAMBANTHAN. He was considered as one of the Founding fathers of Malaysia, together with Tunku Abdul Rahman (also our Bapa Malaysia) and Tan Cheng Lock.

  7. Alice Tay on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Malaysia is a very beautiful country with various ethnicities, religions and cultures. Despite the population of Malaysia comprises of Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups, they live together in peace and harmony.

    Through this article, we can know Indian has very much influence in various aspects of Malaysia’s culture, especially in Malay language and cuisine. Besides, Malaysia has more religious freedom than many countries and therefore Malaysian Indians is free to practice their religions and festival celebrations.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

  8. paul yap on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Indian has a very rich cultures, their traditions could be as old as the one found in China. Growing up in Malaysia, most of us are very familiar with Indian festive seasons and food. Thaipusam is their largest celebration in a year, we got the chance to witness the procession of kavadi. We also got the opportunity enjoying delicious food like Roti Canai, Idli, warda, puttu mayam, teh tarik. On Top of that, Buddhism was founded and originated from India itself. Without knowing, our daily life is surrounded by lots of elements originated from India.

  9. Stella Cheang on Jan 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    The Indian people played a significant role in the development and growth of Malaysia as a nation since the days of the Sultanate times. Malaysia is blessed to enjoy great diversity that allows the preservation and enrichment of the Indian culture. Today, we get to enjoy the marvellous Indian food, Indian traditions and the economic benefits passed down by our fellow Indian forth-fathers. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to deepen our understanding on fellow Malaysian!

  10. Echeah on Jan 2, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Diversity is the spice of life. Malaysia certainly is a smorgasbord of many different cultures. As a result, Malaysians are mostly multi-lingual. The food among the different races have kept their distinctions but there are certainly lots of cross-cultural influences.
    Indian culture is so colourful. Even looking at the pictures, it’s a riot of colours.

    Come to think of it, we have India to thank for because Buddhism came from India 2500 yrs ago, and here we are.

    Talking about food and spice, I love Indian cuisine and yum, need to get some tomorrow. Also, I wonder why roti canai is called roti canai. Everywhere else, it is called paratha. Maybe it’s the Malaysianised version of the paratha, and here, it is quite an interesting spectacle watching them make roti canai where the dough is deftly spun and tossed in the air to stretch the dough thin, resulting in a really fluffy bread, best paratha in the world. That’s our unique roti canai. Every foreign visitor that I’ve brought to eat it said they absolutely loved it.

  11. JP on Jan 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Indians have been in Malaysia for many centuries. Although I live here in Malaysia, I didn’t realise that there are various ethnic Indian populations here.

    Indian presence is very prominent in Malaysia. It is part of Malaysia’s multi racial community which makes our country very unique. We all grew up respecting each other’s culture. I’ve always found Indian culture very fascinating, colourful and somewhat mystical. Regardless of the differences, we could still live harmoniously. Our differences were never an issue. They actually made our friendship more interesting as there was always something new to learn.

    I believe it’s important to respect one another regardless of our race, religion and gender. Only then, can we progress and live in peace.

  12. Choong on Dec 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    This is a wonderful celebration of how the people from the Indian sub-continent have left their mark in South East Asia in general and Malaysia in particular. We have much to be thankful for.

  13. Lew on Dec 31, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Indians, like Malays and Chinese, have always been an important part of Malaysia culture. I think one of the biggest influence of Indian in Malaysia is probably the food. We are so used to the Indian food sometimes we even forgot they are Indian food.

    But many Indians descendants in Malaysia is not doing too well in general. Study showed that many Indians grow up having to deal with gangsters. Police investigation also showed that many gangsters are of Indian descendants. It is not discriminational, but we really need to spend more effort in helping them as they are also Malaysians.

    May all the different races in Malaysia live in harmony and may all accept and respect the different cultures and religions.

  14. Fong on Dec 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for an in depth study of the Indians in Malaysia. It was interesting to note the early migration of the Indians into Kedah and the southern parts of Malaya in ancient times.

    It was interesting too, how the Sanskrit words made it into the local language.

    Thank you for a very interesting article.

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  • If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
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    If there were more schools like this, then our kids would grow up with more caring awareness and kind emotions towards our environment and the people around them. They would grow up knowing that chasing materialism is not going to bring any happiness. I hope very much more schools like this would materialise. I hope in my future life I can attend a school like this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
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    My Oser girl and Dharma boy in their cosy little bedroom next to me sleeping away. Cute.
  • It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is incredible how smart Oser girl is. She can steal the treat away from Dharma boy and so casually. Wow. She is so smart. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kechara Forest Retreat Dogs. Dharma boy is tiny and trying to scare off big boy Johnny. Johnny is so patient and just ignores Dharma. They are both cute and both live in Kechara Forest Retreat-Malaysia. Tsem Rinpoche
  • BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
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    BREAKING EYEWITNESS FOOTAGE: Workers violently punched, kicked, cussed out, & left sheep to die on dozens of Scottish farms 💔 Sheep bled after rough shearing & were stitched up without painkillers.–From Peta2
  • Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Super cute seal and so gentle. Must watch this video and realize we are all one. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
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    Legendary Heart sings “Stairway to Heaven” in tribute to Led Zeppelin. Incredible tribute and rendition. Everyone is blown away. TR
  • In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
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    In a low-income neighbourhood, this man is growing his own organic produce, and giving extras away for free to neighbours who can’t afford fresh ingredients from the store. Must watch!
  • Neat little video
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    Neat little video
  • It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
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    It is nice to see sangha release animals into the wild. Gen Kunchok Palden and Chodrak contributed to releasing of frogs back into the wild. This is wonderful. Compassion is the mainstay of all spirituality. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 month ago
    This is a special ‘carpet’ for dogs that you hide their snacks and they have to go digging for it. It is challenging and fun where they use their nose, paws and all to dig and find the snacks in between. This dog play carpet is ordered online. You can see little Zopa baby who is a Kechara resident doggie looking for the snacks in this cute video. She is kept busy and entertained! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
    2 months ago
    Kechara Forest Retreat in Bentong, Malaysia’s dog Pema is super adorable and cute. Everyone loves her. She is wearing a Manjushri blessing pendant.
  • Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
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    Spontaneous trance in Tibet by powerful healing Protector Dorje Shugden of a monk who usually takes trance.
  • 喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
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    喀切玛波向詹杜固仁波切献供养
    喀切玛波护法降神,向詹杜固仁波切献供曼扎及身语意之供养,同时也加持马来西亚克切拉禅修林道场。喀切玛波护法乃古时候的紫玛护法,他是藏地首座佛教寺院桑耶寺的护法神
  • Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
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    Huge Chenresig statue being built. Very beautiful.
  • Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
    3 months ago
    Sacred Kache Marpo in trance of oracle makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche and blesses the temple in Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. Kache Marpo in ancient times was known as Tsiu Marpo the great protector of Samye Monastery which is the first monastery of Tibet.
  • Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
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    Shugden practice in Tibet strong and growing
  • It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
    3 months ago
    It is Tsunmo Nunnery in Tibet. This nunnery all practise Dorje Shugden.
  • Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
    3 months ago
    Light offerings to the outdoor Buddha Tara shrine in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia at night. Beautiful.
  • Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Interesting new interview of Boy George where he mentions about his practicing Buddhism- See the clip I snagged for you above. It’s beautiful to see him chanting. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
    4 months ago
    Dharma boy is always mooching for a free snack! As shown in the video, Dharma gave up real fast and is waiting anxiously for a free snack!
  • Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
    4 months ago
    Oser girl is very determined to get the snacks out! Look at how her cute little hands hold onto the ball.
  • Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
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    Yudroma takes trance at Gyuto
    In Dharamsala there is a famous oracle to the Goddess Yudroma. She is the protector of Gyuto Tantric Monastic College. Many monks consult her for guidance. Here she is attending a puja session at Gyuto Tantric Monastic College where she is pleased with the people helping the monastery and takes trance spontaneously to express this. Tsem Rinpoche
  • The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
    4 months ago
    The Simpsons: Lisa becomes a Buddhist
  • Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
    4 months ago
    Considering getting a tattoo of a Buddha image? Watch this video.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
    4 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s personal shrine. May everyone who view the shrine be blessed and have peace.
  • Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Very powerful and heartwarming short video about love. A must watch and a must share. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    Megnath is such a devotee of Bhagawan Dorje Shugden where he brought this protector to many people. Must watch this short video of him with the school kids. Lovely. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    My super adorable Oser girl Schnauzer reaching for a carrot on a chair. Her face looks like a stuffed animal toy. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
    4 months ago
    This is the shrine next to my working table where I sit daily. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    1 years ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    1 years ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    1 years ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    1 years ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    1 years ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    1 years ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    1 years ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    1 years ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    1 years ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    1 years ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Every single child is gifted and talented in a particular area. Every single one also has particular challenges. But we know that if we are patient and calm and we wear our perspectacles and we keep believing, we will eventually see the specific magic of each child. Well done and thank you to all the talented students and your hard work performance on KSDS Graduation Ceremony 2018.Photo Credit Mr Lim Boon Seang.By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Dr Hank was given support and advice to 2 new trained Emcee, Benjamin and Wen Yue. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Andrea received her certificate happily from Pastor Gim Lee. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Hubert, one of KSDS students who is talented in Wushu and performed in KSDS Graduation 2018. Alice Tay, KSDS
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Graduation 2018 - Wonderful performance by Zi Xuan. Lin Mun KSDS
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