Malaysia is a typical multi-racial and multi-religious country

Malaysia is a typical multi-racial and multi-religious country. It is a prime example of a multi-racial society. One of the outstanding characteristics of its multi-ethnic population today is its highly variegated ethnic mix. The ethnic groups of Malaysia consist mainly of the Malay community, the Chinese community and the Chinese community. (Malaysian Year Book, 1980: 15) Malaysia also has other ethnic groups like the Eurasians and the natives of West Malaysia and East Malaysia. Because of the multi-racial character of the population, it also has a variety of culture, religion, social norms and values. This makes the country a rich field for studying the assimilation of the various ethnic groups.