The Malays take all the negative stereotyping people throw at them.
The Indian Muslims, Arabs, Javanese, Boyanese, Ceylonese will quickly distance themselves when asked whether are they Malays.
But when there are privileges on hand, everyone wants to be a Malay. Case in hand is the presidential election where it is reserved for Malay candidates.
Now all of the above mentioned ethnic groups will consider themselves as Malays or ‘representing’ the Malays if qualified to contest the election. Other than that, these people will proudly proclaim ‘Im not a Malay.’
Source: Khan Osman Sulaiman