PENDANG (Kedah) • As election fever rages in Kedah, calls for equal bumiputera rights are growing louder from the Siamese community in Malaysia.
Known as Orang Siam, or "people of Siam" after Thailand's former name, many live in villages near the Malaysian-Thai border and work as rubber or rice farmers. Mostly Buddhists, they celebrate Vesak and traditional Thai festivals, such as Songkran and Loy Kratong.
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