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Title: The Political and Economic Contributions of the Muslim Middle Class in Malaysia
Authors: Wan Kamal Mujani; Wan Mohd Hirwani Wan Hussain; Noor Inayah Ya’akub; Allawati Kasri ; Ermy Azziaty Rozali
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Aff: Institute of West Asian Studies (IKRAB), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
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Keywords: Contribution; Muslim Middle Class; Malay; Chinese; Indian; Malaysia; Economy and Politics
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Abstract:In the context of Malaysia, the Muslim middle class consist of Malays, Chinese and Indians. Each of these
three groups contributed hugely towards the development of the country, in the fields of economy, politics and
social. Even so, studies on their contribution are still limited and are not highlighted by researchers in Malaysia.
Therefore, this study has been carried out to discuss the Muslim middle class in Malaysia, focusing on their
contribution to the fields of economy and politics. Their contribution in the economic sector can be seen through
their active involvement in various kinds of businesses and industries. The involvement of these three groups
especially in the professional field, management and administration has been very helpful to the country in
enhancing its rate of employment and reducing the rate of unemployment. Furthermore, these large groups of
people have a high purchasing power and are capable of giving a big leap towards consumerism culture in
Malaysia. Indirectly, this is greatly contributing towards the development and advancement of the country,
through the increasing demand for certain products and services. Their contribution in politics can be observed
through their involvement in the main political parties in Malaysia, such as the United Malay National
Organization (UMNO), the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), the
Congress of Indian Muslims Malaysia (KIMMA), and also other non-government bodies