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Friday August 5, 2011

Study shows Kelantan Malays in peninsula first

ACCORDING to a Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) genetics research, the Kelantan Malays could be the first of its race to have stepped foot in the peninsula, Berita Harian reported.

Their presence was said to have been traced back to 60,000 years.

The research, led by USM health science studies centre deputy dean (research and graduate studies) Assoc Prof Dr Zafarina Zainuddin, was funded with a RM1.4mil grant from the Higher Education Ministry.

The research studied the origins of 10 sub-ethnic groups of Malays in Peninsular Malaysia Jawa Malay (Johor and Selangor), Acehnese Malay (Perak), Minang Malay (Negri Sembilan), Banjar Malay (Selangor and Johor), Bugis Malay (Selangor and Johor), Rawa Malay (Perak), Champa Malay (Perak, Kedah and Kelantan), Patani (Kelantan), Langkasuka Kedah and Kelantan Malay.

“This genetics research is the first of its kind that studied the origins of the Malay race,” said Dr Zafarina.

Of the groups that were studied, only those of the Kelantan Malay presented a unique haplogroup, which is mitochondrial DNA group specific to a particular race and geographic location, she said, adding that their genetic make-up showed links to Jawa Malays.

> Construction to widen roads leading to Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara in Petaling Jaya has left telephone cable poles in the middle, posing a danger to drivers, reported Sinar Harian.

The poles, situated beside the roads before the widening exercise, were not removed after construction more than a month ago.

Residents complained that the position of the poles in the middle of the roads was causing accidents.

A resident, Michael Subramaniam, 45, said one of the poles blocked the entrance to a smaller road.

“In a recent accident, a motorcyclist attempting to avoid hitting the poles hit two other cars instead,” he said.

He claimed that the contractor of the project had been alerted, and the residents were assured that authorities were notified about the poles and other utility infrastructure such as drains and electrical cables.

“The electric cable poles were relocated by Tenaga Nasional Berhad but the telephone poles were not.”

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this > sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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