• Ethnic differences and predictors of racial and religious discriminations among Malaysian Malays and Chinese

    Author(s):
    Nur Amali Aminnuddin (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Islam, Psychology, Social psychology, Race, Ethnicity, Group identity, Religion
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Intergroup discrimination, Discrimination, Prejudice, Social identity
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/njmt-v578
    Abstract:
    Studies on racial and religious discriminations in Malaysia tend to be avoided. This is due to their sensitive nature, possibly becoming political ammunition, and individuals being accused of seditious intent. Much that is necessary to discuss discrimination in Malaysia remains unclear. It is not known to what extent contact between groups is undesirable especially as neighbors in Malaysia. This study examined ethnic differences and predictors of racial and religious discriminations among 1200 Malaysians (319 Chinese and 881 Malays). Discrimination was conceptualized through having the attitude of not wanting people of a different race or a different religion as neighbors. Ethnic differences in discriminating against others were found to be significant. Malays showed higher means of not wanting neighbors of a different race or religion compared to Chinese. Demographic factors and beliefs reflecting conservatism were not good predictors, explaining only slight variances. However, a person who discriminates based on religion was consistently a predictor of exhibiting racial discrimination, and vice-versa, with approximately double the odds among Malays. The finding highlights a strong interplay between race and religion, suggesting that Chinese and Malays conflate the two together.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    10 months ago
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