Dina Zaman says although bread and butter issues are of concern, fears over race and religion still linger among the Malay community.
The fastest-growing ethnic group in America, the Asian community includes both longtime residents as well as newcomers from East Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Pacific Islands.
Kadazan-Dusun, Murut and other groups are not specifically named in the Interpretation Ordinance but an assistant minister says the matter is important but not of immediate priority.
It's not merely a question of ethnicity, there are other concerns such as a possible conflict of interest, poor command of the national language and lack of understanding about the shariah.
Below are critical policies and rationales for change, so Malaysia can be steered away from ethnic and religious extremism.
The veteran social critic says redrawing the electoral map along ethnic lines was also done under Dr Mahathir.
Chief executive of IDEAS cautions politicians to think twice about fanning ethnic insecurity for short-term political gains as it will destroy the harmony enjoyed by the state.
MIC's youth wing says authorities should also consider allowing non-Malays to hold high-ranking positions in the wake of a letter urging the King to appoint a Malay as Customs D-G.