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Genetically Chinese

Hong Kong actor, LiZhìtíng李治廷 (inset) who played Bruce Lee in the 2010 movie, Bruce Lee, my brother also goes with another unusual name, Aarif Lee. He was actually born Aarif Rahman and it is not surprisng since his father is part Malay, part Arab and part Cantonese. Aarif speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English and German. In Malaysia, he would not be considered a Malay at all since Malaysia's Federal Constitution has it that a Malay is a person who among other things, professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language and conforms to Malay custom. A medical geneticist from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Professor Zilfalil Alwi said at the second Borneo History Seminar that the modern Malays in Malaysia just have 20 per cent Malay DNA. They have a little Proto-Malay, Semang and Indian DNA but the bulk, about 52 per cent of their DNA are actually Chinese in origin. Like Aarif Lee, you'd probably think of them as Chinese genetically.