The political and economic contributions of the Muslim middle class in Malaysia

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In the context of Malaysia, the Muslim middle class consist of Malays, Chinese and Indians. Each of these three groups contributed hugely towards the development of the country, in the fields of economy, politics and social. Even so, studies on their contribution are still limited and are not highlighted by researchers in Malaysia. Therefore, this study has been carried out to discuss the Muslim middle class in Malaysia, focusing on their contribution to the fields of economy and politics. Their contribution in the economic sector can be seen through their active involvement in various kinds of businesses and industries. The involvement of these three groups especially in the professional field, management and administration has been very helpful to the country in enhancing its rate of employment and reducing the rate of unemployment. Furthermore, these large groups of people have a high purchasing power and are capable of giving a big leap towards consumerism culture in Malaysia. Indirectly, this is greatly contributing towards the development and advancement of the country, through the increasing demand for certain products and services. Their contribution in politics can be observed through their involvement in the main political parties in Malaysia, such as the United Malay National Organization (UMNO), the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), the Congress of Indian Muslims Malaysia (KIMMA), and also other non-government bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-295
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number3 SPECL.ISSUE 2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

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  • Chinese
  • Contribution
  • Economy and politics
  • Indian
  • Malay
  • Malaysia
  • Muslim middle class

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The political and economic contributions of the Muslim middle class in Malaysia. / Mujani, Wan Kamal; Wan Hussain, Wan Mohd Hirwani; Ya'akub, Noor Inayah; Kasri, Allawati; Rozali, Ermy Azziaty.

In: Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 3 SPECL.ISSUE 2, 01.2012, p. 285-295.

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