Malaysian Siamese

Malaysian Siamese
Malaysian Siam
ชาวมาเลเซียเชื้อสายไทย
Total population
60,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Peninsula Malaysia (principally the northern states)
 Perak: 2,000 (2008)[2]
 Perlis: 6,000 (2008)[3]
 Kedah: 30,000 (2007)[4]
 Kelantan: 13,000 (2008)[5]
Languages

Southern Thai, Thai, Tak Bai, Malay,[6] Chinese

Religion

Predominantly is Theravada Buddhism; Muslim minority

Malaysian Siamese is a term commonly referred to Malaysians of Thai ethnicity.[7] Politically, Malaysian Siamese are recognised as Bumiputeras and are given similar status to the Malays, Kadazan-Dusuns, Ibans and Malaccan Portuguese.[8][9][10]

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Religion

Most Malaysian Siamese people are Buddhists of the Theravada sect. Their place of worship is called the Wat. Each Wat has several monks administering it.

Culture

Most Malaysian Siamese people lead a way of life similar to the Malays. This is evident especially among the Kelantanse Siams. One could not differentiate a Malay or a Siamese if they are not heard speaking their own language. The only distinctive mark among them is their religion and language. Otherwise Malaysian Siamese are like Malays as they also speak fluent local Malay dialects.

The Malaysian Siamese often get patronage from the state governments for their community well being. Often, temples are given generous fundings by the governments.[11]

Statistics

  • In 2000, the national statistics cited 50,211 individuals of Thai ethnicity in Malaysia. Among these, 38,353 (or 76.4% of them) holds Malaysian citizenship.[12]

Notable Malaysian Siamese people

References

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