The Malaysian Culture - PDF
Added on - 21 Apr 2020
Running head:THE MALAYSIAN CULTURE1The Malaysian CultureStudent’s NameInstitutional Affiliation
THE MALAYSIAN CULTURE2The Malaysian CultureThe Malaysian government is ruled by the king, whose kingdom chronicles around Malayhereditary leaders elected after every five years. In fact, the king dictates manor governmentalselections that makes him selects the prime minister form the current coalition government.Apparently, Malaysia is dominated by the dominant Malay culture which is fused up by theEurasian religion, Indian culture as well as the Chinese culture coupled with the indigenoussociety peninsula and North Borneo cultures (James, 2006). By distinction, the Malaysian cultureis dominated by two social groups; the Malay, and the non-Malay. The Malay consists of thecountry's political and the Chinese elites who control the consumer society of the middle-classgroup (Matusky, 2008). Ultimately, the Malaysian culture revolves around dynamic, vibrant andthe wealthy peninsular community which mostly occupies the urban centers. This paper willhighlight and critique the Malaysian culture concerning its food, culture and customs, traditions,heritage, and the peoples' taste in music.According to Miller and Williams (2008), due to foreign powers and control, the greattopography as well as the historical colonization and migrations, Malaysia has distinct Chinese,Indian, and the native Borneo citizen's dishes. The Malaysian cuisine, the dominant food,consists of different culture and traditions that revolve around the multiethnic cultures fused withvarying types of food to make up the uniqueness of the kebudayaan. In fact, the Malaysiancuisine is a sophisticated culture that consists of colored chili peppers, belacan cooking, coconutrecipes, soy sauce, and lemongrass among others. Ultimately, the burasak, rice porridge(Congee), noodles, kaya bread toast as well as bitter guard form unique Malaysian food, whichare grown by the native Peninsular Orang Asli farmers.
THE MALAYSIAN CULTURE3Also, the Malay culture consists of every type of religion that exists. For example,Hinduism Islam, Buddhism, as well as Christianity are well represented by a competentpopulation each. In fact, religion is dominated by the cultural ethnicity whereby Muslim isdominated by Malay, Buddhist Chinese, and Hindus Indians (Craig, 1998). Nevertheless, theMuslims form the largest religious group in Malaysian culture, which the government highlyprioritize while making critical and core leadership decisions. For instance, the laws andregulations tend to set limits and strictness regarding pork-rearing, gambling, alcohol use, andthe use and allocation of government funds to building mosques.Singularly, the Malaysians' most preferred rituals and the holy religious venue is theNational Mosque, which lies in the center of Kuala Lumpur. It was launched in 1965, and itportrays the specialty of the Islamic cultural identity (Marshall Cavendish Corporation., 2008).Every day, the whole country experiences the mosque religious rhythm as a reminder of prayertimes. In fact, the media plays a prominent role in keeping in-pace with the Muslim prayer timesby continually streaming the programs. Moreover, Ramadan is a national event, which ends withthe celebration for all Muslims. On the other hand, Christians embrace the Christmas while theHindus practice the holiday of Thaipusam.Apparently, the Malays treasure spirits and ghost stories, which are profoundly depictedin television programs, school books, and use of metaphysical concepts. The stories help tocomfort the living after the loss of a loved one (James, 2006). In fact, Chinese tombs, cemeteries,and Muslim graves are the unique mystery sites of cultural observance. The Muslim funerals areregarded as communal events where all neighbors come together with requisite prayers andprepare the dead body for burials (Miller & Williams, 2008). The corpses tend to be buried