Definition of bumiputra in English:

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bumiputra

Pronunciation: /ˌbuːmɪˈpuːtrə/
(also bumiputera)

noun (plural same or bumiputras)

A Malaysian of indigenous Malay origin: [as modifier]: bumiputra ownership
More example sentences
  • In Malaysia, the government, despite its willingness to allow expatriates to fill key positions in foreign firms in Malaysia, still tends to favour firms that hire bumiputras, individuals of Malay origin.
  • Two decades of affirmative-action policies did increase the stake in the economy of ethnic bumiputras (ethnic Malay and other indigenous groups) and led to the emergence of a Malay middle class.
  • Latest estimates number Malays and other bumiputras at 12.7 million, Chinese at 5.5 million and Indians at 1.6 million.

Origin

Malay, literally 'son of the soil'.

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