He’s not Malay by birth”
He’s Indian born to Malayali (Kerala) father declares
Malaysian website after he got himself tangled in the latest
Sep 7, 2008
Mahathir Kept Hidden His Little Secret - The Indian Muslim
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad started life NOT as a Malay but
a Malayali -the people of Kerala in south INDIA, where
his father came from.
At university in Singapore, Mahathir was listed as an
Perhaps this explains why Mahathir became MORE Malay than
many Malays, all the while pursuing a politics which had
scant time for Malay instincts for consensus and compromise.
(Note: Mahathir was born and named as Mahathir s/o Iskandar
Kutty @Mahathir Mohamed. Mahathir's father, (Iskandar Kutty)
was a school teacher of Indian origin, specifically Malayalee
(people who speak Malayalam), NOT to be confused with Malay,
having migrated from the southern state of Kerala, while
his mother was a Malay. - Malaysian Unplug)
Mahathir is full of paradoxes on racial issues. Many of
his policies have had the effect of reducing the racial
element in government decisions, watering down the agenda
to advance Malay interests. As a result he is well regarded
by many in the Chinese business community.
has been quick to promote himself as the embodiment of "Asian" identity
and values, with diatribes against the west, usually
couched in racial
Yet, despite his trumpeting of Asian identity, Mahathir
appears ashamed to admit his Indian heritage.
In his new book, A New Deal for Asia, he writes about
his father in such a way as to imply that he was a Malay
dedicated to the improvement of his fellow Malays rather
than the hard-working Indian immigrant and government servant
that he was.
No mention of Mahathir's Indian Muslim background ever
appears in the media. The subject is taboo.
Mahathir anegered many non-Malays when he said Malay
leaders and Bukit Bendera Umno division
chief Ahmad Ismail
Should not apologise for saying Chinese Malaysians are "squatters").