Ethnic tolerance among students of Public Higher Learning Institutions in Malaysia

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This study seeks to examine ethnic tolerance among the students of Public Higher Learning Institutes (IPTA) in Malaysia. It involved 6,580 respondents selected by ten Institutes. The study data was obtained through the questionnaires analysed using the SPSS software. The descriptive statistics like the frequency, Percentage, mean and cross-tabulation had been adopted to explain about the respondents' background and the perceptions of the students on ethnic tolerance in Malaysia. The findings demonstrate that the tolerance level among the students has been very good. All the five dimensions built have demonstrated that the answers supplied by the respondents were very satisfactory. They were found to have admitted and acknowledged the diversity of languages, cultures and religions that they were comfortable with the differences, that they have been able to accept and share the differences and are proud with these diversities. There are several statements that have been found to strengthen the relationships and integrations of the ethnic groups on campus. The Muslims, especially the Malay and the Bumiputera were rather sensitive with some religious considerations especially in terms of food, clothing, symbols and mixed marriage. The students from the group of Other Bumiputera, Chinese and Indian were also pressured by the privileges of the Malay and Bumiputera and the government policies. Next, some suggestions and conclusions are offered, as yielded from the findings obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-401
Number of pages14
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Tolerance

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