Indian person gains fame for having a Chinese name

Only in Malaysia?


When this 30-something-year-old man put up a photo of his Malaysian identity card (MyKad), he surprised many of his fellow netizens — and so did some in the international community.

If you haven’t heard, Pang Chee Pin is a Indian Malaysian national with a Chinese name, something that is apparently rather rare to the local people. According to the Malaysian state media, The Star, Pang gained unwanted fame after netizens cry fraud when the name on his identity card did not quite fulfill the expectations of some in the Chinese Malaysian community.

Credit: The Star/Asia News Network

When The Star visited Pang’s home address, they found that Pang was adopted at a young tender age of one by a Chinese family.

“He and I are cousins. But when my uncle died some 25 years ago, my parents took him in and cared for him. He left our home about six years ago. Pang can speak fluent Mandarin Chinese, Hakka and Cantonese dialects and was enrolled in the same elementary school as me,” says Susan.

“The last time we met was about three years ago in Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he was hospitalized due to a kidney problem,” says Susan.

Since then, they have lost contact one each other but knew Pang almost immediately when his identity went viral on the Malaysian internet.


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