Malaysian Chinese Politics
Despite being the second largest ethnic group in Malaysia, the Malaysian Chinese have the highest household income among all the groups with an average of RM4,437 per household. In Malaysia, the Chinese community is considered as non-bumiputera where they are not the original people of the land. However, those born in Malaysia are considered as citizens of Malaysia and enjoy all the benefits of any Malaysian although there are some differences between the bumiputeras.
In politics, the Chinese are mainly represented by the MCA or Malaysian Chinese Association which is one of the senior members of the ruling party Barisan Nasional. The party is led by Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. Another party, Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia or known just as Gerakan is a multiracial party although is made up primarily of Chinese. On the opposition front, most Chinese support the DAP or Democratic Action Party who are elected in most places around Kuala Lumpur. The rights of the Chinese in Malaysia has been an issue in the political arena for many years now with the most recent one coming from Malay rights NGO Perkasa who claims that the Chinese were ungrateful to the government for not electing the MCA in the last general election.