Persekutuan Tanah Melayu is often conveniently termed as MALAYA. Politically and historically it is not correct.
What is a name, you may ask? A lot, is my answer.
Why Chennai and not Madras, Why Mumbai and not Bombay, why Guangzhou and not Canton? Why?
Why Jalan Alor and not Jalan Kejora? Why Sabah and Sarawak and not East Malaysia?
Got my drift? A new name makes you forget about history.
The use of the term Malaya in my opinion has resulted in the the convenient lapse of memory of the ‘social contract” and has been capitalised to dilute the rights of the sovereign states that made up Persekutuan Tanah Melayu. Malaya was no more then a Federation. Malaya to me was a convenient name to represent the short lived British Colony, The Malayan Union, that entity vehemently opposed by the Malays.
Malays are to be blamed too for their overzealousness to promote Malaysianism to the extent that they have been willing to forgo and forget their part of the bargain and to carelessly forget history.
An extract of the population mix pre Merdeka can easily mislead. ( extract from Wikipedia) It showed the number of Malays to be at about the same as the total of the other races. It is convenient to forget that these are not citizenship census.
The truth was that the Chinese and Indians were not citizens of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu then, i.e in the years presented, that the Malays represented more then 90% of the citizens of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu.
|Source: Annual Report on the Federation of Malaya: 1951 in C.C. Chin and Karl Hack, Dialogues with Chin Peng pp. 380, 81.|