I am a local university student who happens to be Malay. When i was in school, my chinese cliques would often ask me if I’m truly Malay. This is because I’ve been consistently on the Deans list and this to them is pretty unheard of.

During a taxi ride conversation once, I was met with absolute surprise when i mentioned about my desire to do a PhD upon graduation. The taxi driver asked me if I’m truly malay and whether my family would support this given that “most Malays like to marry young”.

When I once told my friends that two of my siblings are also doing PhD, I was met with this reply, “wah your family different one ah cos most Malays their education not so good”.

Such is life for a minority in Singapore.

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