Mavath R. Chandran

Ethnicity and Race

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Mavath R. Chandran, a veteran executive in the Malaysian palm oil industry and an advisor to the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil, discusses how the British colonial regime contributed to the complex ethnic make-up of modern day Malaysia. He discusses at length the complexity of the ethnic Indian minority, noting that while some groups like his own Malayali community have flourished, the Tamil community has been trapped in poverty.

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