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The culture of Malaysia is a blend of Chinese, Malay, and Indian and several indigenous tribes though, for the most part, the country's inhabitants are described simply as
Malay. This is possibly because the Malays are the predominant ethnic group, and make up about 65% of the country's population.
Chinese infiltrations grew gradually over centuries, as they intermarried with the Malays, and added their own flavor to the culture of the country. In particular, their numbers grew during the tin mining of the 19th century, where they served as laborers. Indians began settling in Malaysia during the 19th century, many of the working as tappers on the areas rubber trees.
Though some of Malaysia's former indigenous tribes have been absorbed into the culture, some others have maintained their cultural "distinction." Among these are the Orang Asli, who, along with the others, make up about 5% of the total population. Persian, Arab, and European culture has also left its stamp on Malaysian culture.
Religiously, the country is made up of Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus, each corresponding with the numbers of the country's ethnic populations. These religions pervade the culture of the country, with Islam most strongly influencing overall. In particular, Islam pervades the country's legal system and therefore its domestic laws favor men. Women, on the average, make 40% of what men make in Malaysia. Not surprisingly, ethnic and religious minorities often fall victim to discrimination and violence.