Culture of Malaysia

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1.0 INTRODUCTION

Malaysia is a one of the multi cultural country. Cultures have been meeting and mixing in Malaysia since the very beginning of its history. More than fifteen hundred years ago a Malay kingdom in Bujang Valley welcomed traders from China and India. Malaysia's cultural mosaic is marked by many different cultures, but several in particular have had especially lasting influence on the country. Chief among these is the ancient Malay culture, and the cultures of Malaysia's two most prominent trading partners throughout history--the Chinese, and the Indians. These three groups are joined by a dizzying array of indigenous tribes, many of which live in the forests and coastal areas of Borneo. Although each of these cultures has
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In schools or collages, especially boarding schools, the phenomenon known as ragging is an accepted ritual of the orientation process. Where, the senior students will rag the junior or new entry students. This ritual is continues and make the high and low power among the students no matter whether they Malay, Chinese or Indians. The seniors always hold the high power and the juniors is always becomes low power.

In the workplace, employees are discouraged from questioning or critiquing senior-level colleagues. Here the senior-level employees will have the high power to do some decision, without consulting with the junior-level employees. The gap between the senior-level and junior-level makes the employees to hold the higher authority and no authority powers.
Because of three different cultural in Malaysia, power distance in family will be vary by their own culture. For the Malay, the parents allow their children to take decision after a time of age, normally when they started to work. For the Chinese, they will give more freedom to their children’s to make decision. For the Indians, the parents always hope their children’s will listen to them and will follow the parent’s decision. Normally this will fall into studies, job selection and marriage. Parents in Malaysia usually will chose the study field for their children’s rather than ask their children’s interest. For the job decision, most of the parents
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