Footnote taken from The Trouble With Malaysia, a Brian Yap essay from the book New Malaysian Essays 1
The "Bangsa Malaysia" term was introduced by Mahathir in 1991 as a goal to build a united Malaysian nation.
It was only 15 years later that Johor Umno chief, Abdul Ghani Othman, decided that it wasn't acceptable.
"After 49 years of independance, we should ne more mature and try not to produce nebulous concepts whose origins are not clear," said Ghani.
"Even if the term Bangsa Malaysia is used, it must only be applied in the context of all the peoples of Malaysia with the Malays as the pivotal race"
poster by mob1900
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