The second largest ethnic group, the Chinese, came to Malaysia as early as the 15th century during the heyday of the Melaka Sultanate. Eventually, inter-marriage with the Malays gave rise to the ethnogenesis of a sub-ethnic group known as the Peranakan Chinese (otherwise also known as the Baba Nyonyas).
The Malaysian Chinese are a hardworking and entrepreneurially-driven group. Today the Chinese community easily control 70 per cent of the Malaysian economy.