Malayophobia is the fear, hatred of, or prejudice against Malays, a large ethnic group native to Southeast Asia. Malayophobia is mostly observed in Indonesia and Malaysia, where non-Malays would pick people of other races over the Malays, blame the Malays for anything wrong, as well as insulting and humiliating the Malays (e.g., saying that the Malays are lazy and are not capable of doing work).
In some cases, Malayophobia is associated with Islamophobia, as most Malays are Muslims, especially in Malaysia where the Malays are defined as a person who professes the religion of Islam, among other things.
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In Malaysia, Malays are commonly called out by non-Malays as lazy groups of people. It is often especially with non-Malay companies where Malays would find it hard to find a job, and would often be given heavy tasks by their employers.
Malays are given a special position under the provisions provided by the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. Article 153(1) of the Federal Constitution states that it is the responsibility of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia to safeguard the special position of the Malays, as well as the legitimate interests of other communities. This was agreed under a social contract made during the formation of the country, where the Chinese and Indians agreed that the Malays shall have a special position in which they cannot challenge in order for them to gain citizenship, but the Malays are not able to challenge the citizenship of the other races nor disturb them. This, however, did not stop them from hating on the Malays.
Among the many major cases of Malayophobia in Malaysia includes the 13 May Incident in 1969, where non-Malay rioters from the opposition political party, Democratic Action Party (DAP) marched across the capital city of Kuala Lumpur with large brooms, while calling the Malays to flee the land. The brooms were used as a symbol of sweeping the Malays out of the country. This was observed once more during the Bersih 4 protests in 2015, where the same thing was done by supporters of the opposition party.
In 2018 when a riot broke out at a Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, a few government officials were reported blaming the Malays and Muslims for the cause of the riot, including by an Executive Committee Member of the state of Selangor.