Pakistanis in Malaysia

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Pakistanis in Malaysia
Hockey Pics(Pakistan vs Malaysia 2nd Half) (15 of 20).jpg
Pakistani supporters in Malaysia during a hockey match between Pakistan and Malaysia.
Total population

55,851[1]
with more than 100,000 having Pakistani ancestry

Languages
Urdu  · Saraiki  · Punjabi · Pashto · Malay
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
Pakistani diaspora, Jawi Peranakan
Pakistanis in Malaysia

Pakistanis in Malaysia form the largest Pakistani diaspora community in southeast Asia and the tenth-largest in Asia as a whole.[2]

Population[edit]

The actual number of Pakistani people in Malaysia is generally understated, as the figure provided by the Pakistani Ministry of Labour merely assert that those who hold Pakistani citizenship. An absolute number of Pakistanis people and their descendants are likely to exceed 100,000. This is heavily contributed because the early settlers came from pre-partitioned British India (which located in present-day Pakistan) during the colonial days have obtained Malaysian citizenship. Throughout the years, most of Pakistanis Malaysians and their descendants are partially and fully assimilated with the Malay majority due to their common Islamic background, high level of intermarriage and to receive the lavish aid of Malaysian affirmative action policy under Article 153, thus registered themselves as Malays. Nonetheless, they identified their roots as Pakistani despite a considerable number came from pre-partitioned India origin.

Employment[edit]

Figures from Pakistan's Ministry of Labour, Manpower, and Overseas Pakistanis show 10,000 Pakistanis working in Malaysia.[2][3] A few sources have claimed many as 15,000 to 30,000 at various times.[4][5] Under a 2005 agreement between Pakistan and Malaysia, as many as 100,000 Pakistanis may eventually work in Malaysia, especially in the manufacturing, construction, and plantation sectors; the Pakistani workers are intended to replace nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants from Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka who departed the country under an amnesty which ended in March 2005.[6] Lt. General Tahir Mahmud Qazi, Pakistan's High Commissioner to Malaysia, expected that the number of Pakistanis in Malaysia would reach that figure of 100,000 by the end of 2010.[7]

Pakistanis in Malaysia often live in miserable conditions; after an inspection tour, Pakistani senators Fauzia Fakhru Zaman and Rukhsana Zuberi said they had seen many workers who were weak due to lack of proper food and begged to be taken home, while others were receiving only RM400 in monthly salary after having been promised nearly four times that much by recruiters.[8] The senators also blasted the Pakistani High Commission in Malaysia for taking no action on behalf of Pakistani workers there and for overcharging them for land purchases in Pakistan under the OPF Housing Scheme.[9]

Travel[edit]

In addition to the 10,000 Pakistanis working in Malaysia, the country receives as many as 50,000 visitors from Pakistan each year; Pakistan's Airblue plans to launch direct flights to Kuala Lumpur in 2009 and ordered fourteen Airbus A320 planes to service the route.[3]

Notable people[edit]

Should be noted that almost all figures in the list of the notable people Pakistani descent in Malaysia are of mixed descent, particularly with the ethnic Malays. Mixed-marriage is a pattern which is shared with most of Pakistani descent in Malaysia (excluding to the recently arrived expatriates), after settling in the Malaysian soil after generations, assimilation process and the common Islamic background.

  • Afiq Muiz – Actor[10]
  • Adey Syafrien – Malaysian actor[11]
  • Ashmen Iskandar Weiss – Malaysian teen idol.
  • Azman Yahya, Tan Sri – founded Symphony House Berhad and serves as its Group Chief Executive. Tan Sri bin Yahya has been chief executive officer Symphony Life Berhad since 25 August 2005. He has been Non-Independent Executive chairman of the board at Symphony Life Berhad since 15 March 2007. Tan Sri bin Yahya also serves as an Executive Chairman of Bolton Berhad. Tan Sri Bin Yahya served as managing director of Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad.
  • Balkisyh Semundur Khan – Malaysian actress.[12]
  • Bront Palarae – Malaysia actor.
  • Farah Khan – Malaysian fashion designer.[13]
  • Fouziah Gous – Malaysian actress.[14]
  • Irma Hasmie – Malaysian actress [15]
  • Kalsom of Pahang – The current Sultanah of the state of Pahang
  • Miller – Malaysian born, Indonesian actor.[16]
  • Musa Aman – The Chief Minister of Sabah.[17][18][19]
  • Melissa Maureen Rizal – Malaysian actress.[20][21]
  • Neelofa – Malaysian beauty queen and television personality.[22]
  • Salim Ashedoff – Malaysian Corporate Trainer & Consultant, highly in demand on soft skills and motivational program in Malaysia.
  • Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, current minister of Women, Family and Community Development
  • Sufiah Yusof – British with Pakistani (paternal) and Malaysian (maternal) parentage.[23]
  • Tania Khan – A Malaysian contestant in The Amazing Race Asia
  • Tahseen Ullah Khan – Defence Attaché at the Pakistan High Commission in Malaysia (1996–1999).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iftikhar A. Khan, Overseas Pakistanis’ vote: ECP, Nadra for caution. Dawn. (30 March 2013).
  2. ^ a b Year Book, 2004–2005, Islamabad: Ministry of Labour, Manpower, and Overseas Pakistanis, 2005 
  3. ^ a b P., Vijian (11 September 2008), "Pakistan's Airblue To Launch KL Flight in 2009", Bernama (Malaysia), retrieved 19 November 2008 
  4. ^ "Pakistan Still Safe Place For Investing", Bernama (Malaysia), 23 March 2008, retrieved 19 November 2008 
  5. ^ Kamal, Sarah (5 November 2006), "Pakistan, Malaysia sign agreements in Banking, Communication Sectors", Pakistan Times, retrieved 19 November 2008 
  6. ^ "Malaysia to employ 100,000 Pakistanis to overcome labour shortage", Pakistan Times, 20 March 2005, retrieved 19 November 2008 
  7. ^ "100,000 Pakistani labourers expected to work in Malaysia by end 2010", NewsTrack India/Asian News International, 27 August 2009, retrieved 31 May 2010 
  8. ^ "Pakistanis in Malaysia in miserable condition", Daily Times (Pakistan), 16 May 2006, retrieved 19 November 2008 
  9. ^ "Senate body for taking action against HC officials in Malaysia", Pak Tribune (Pakistan), 9 March 2006, retrieved 19 November 2008 
  10. ^ EDtv: Jom kenali Afiq Muiz, pelakon utama Mimpi Cinderella TV3. Edtv-zahidizakariya.blogspot.com (28 April 2013).
  11. ^ Tinggal kerjaya gaji lumayan. Hmetro.com.my.
  12. ^ Idam Watak Heroin Filem
  13. ^ Cover Story: Datuk Farah Khan. Theedgemalaysia.com (7 September 2009).
  14. ^ (Malay)http://www.sinemamalaysia.com.my/main/clippingnews/Bintang_Fouziah_Gous_kian_malap_3035
  15. ^ (Malay) http://hiburan.net/?p=16050
  16. ^ {id} Profil dan Biodata Lengkap Miller
  17. ^ Mixed blooded Malays in the ruling party. Drkokogyi.wordpress.com (24 October 2010).
  18. ^ Sabah has right to deny visitors entry [dead link]
  19. ^ Sabah BN shamed over Wong’s ‘nativity’ issue. Wikisabah.blogspot.com (26 July 2011).
  20. ^ {ms}Malique Too Phat Akan Kahwini Melissa Maureen Rizal Ogos ini?
  21. ^ Malique Too Phat to Marry Melissa Maureen Rizal August 2008
  22. ^ Siren to set silver screen on fire [dead link]
  23. ^ "Sufiah now a social worker". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 

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