Disclaimer: In Real Life is a platform for everyday people to share their experiences and voices. All articles are personal stories and do not necessarily echo In Real Life\u2019s sentiments. I am a chindian girl who grew up in KL. Growing up, I never had any issues with race. My friends who saw me at school without the tudung didn\u2019t assume I was malay, they assumed I was from East Malaysia or (correctly) asked if I was Chindian. Some even thought I was simply a Chinese girl who loved being at the beach too much, because I was so tanned. It was when I started working in the real world that reality hit. I\u2019ve never been stopped by Jakim at the pasar malam like some others, but I had 3 experiences that stood out as typical of the Chindian experience of being out and about during Puasa month:\u00a0 1. I was asked to show my IC to order food during Puasa \u00a0Image made with Canva The first time I was ever stopped from eating by others during Ramadan was when I was 19. It was in Klang, Aeon Bukit Tinggi. I was working at the mall as a sales rep at the time. Usually I bring food that I cooked from home, but that day I woke up late and forgot to bring my packed lunch with me. So I walked around the mall, thinking I could pack food for lunch. I stopped by Mcd and decided to get a burger. Since I needed to be at my station in case there were customers, I needed to hurry back. I walked up to the customer service rep and ordered my food to takeaway. She took one look at me and said: \u201cEh, you can\u2019t buy food here, you\u2019re puasa-ing.\u201d I said, \u201cOh it\u2019s okay, I\u2019m not Malay.\u201d Every time I told someone I wasn\u2019t malay, they usually knew that meant I was chindian or mixed. But then the girl responded with another question. \u201cOh, ok, where\u2019s your IC?\u201d I was taken aback and the thought ran through my mind, \u201cWhy do you need to see my IC? You\u2019re not the police.\u201d I didn\u2019t feel like it was fair for them to ask for my IC, nor did I feel comfortable showing my IC to random strangers, let alone a Mcd\u2019s customer service rep. But I didn\u2019t want to argue with her. Maybe she\u2019s just doing what management told her to do. It was pretty busy and I was already pissed off. So I told them it\u2019s fine, I\u2019ll buy from another place. 2. I was stopped from entering a nightclub during Puasa Image via Thinkshot. The second time this happened, I was going to a club with my friends. We decided to head to this club which I will not name and we went to the end of the line. It was pretty happening and the music from inside was loud enough to vibrate the walls. At the front of the queue before you can go in, the bouncer will usually ask for your IC and check if you\u2019re underage to stop you from entering. But I didn\u2019t know that during puasa month, all clubs won\u2019t allow Malays to enter, so they check for that too. So I queued for a long time. When it was my turn, the same thing happened as with the lady at the Aeon Mall. \u201cMuslims cannot enter during Puasa,\u201d The bouncer said, barring the entrance with his body. I said, \u201cI\u2019m not Malay.\u201d \u201cOk, show your IC.\u201d He replied impassively. So then I began rummaging around in my purse for my IC. But it just so happened that I forgot to bring my IC that day. \u201cAh, I left my IC at home.\u201d I said, looking up at him sheepishly. \u201cMust show IC to enter. Please step aside,\u201d he said, gesturing to the person behind me. So in the end I had to ask my brother to bring my IC to me from home, haha. Usually there are no bouncers at the front of the bar, you can go freely in and out as you like. I was surprised that Muslims had an extra restriction and weren\u2019t allowed to go clubbing during Puasa month. I guess it makes sense for them, but it was an inconvenience for me at the time. 3. I\u2019ve been stopped by police thinking I was Malay Image via Reuters I\u2019ve been stopped by police before, and sometimes it wasn\u2019t even during puasa month. One time I was driving back from the club and there was a roadblock on the way to my house. I saw it and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I thought, \u201cit\u2019s just a routine spotcheck, I have nothing to hide or be afraid of.\u201d I slowed down, checked my seatbelt was on, put my hands on the 10-and-2 \u2018o\u2019 clock position, and looked straight ahead. They shined a torch light at my face, then flagged me down. I pulled into the side lane where they were already questioning a few other drivers. When they stopped me, they started asking me a lot of questions. \u201cDari mana?\u201d (\u201cWhere are you coming from?\u201d) I told them I was coming from KL after leaving work later. \u201cPergi mana?\u201d (\u201cWhere are you headed?\u201d) I told them my house address. \u201cKenapa lewat sangat balik rumah?\u201d (Why are you going home so late?\u201d) I told them I was working late and had missed dinner. \u201cAda minum arak ke? Mabuk ke? (\u201cWere you drinking? Are you drunk?\u201d) It was like they were looking for malays that were drinking or something. I said I\u2019m not malay, then they checked my IC and apologised. \u201cMaaf cik, pandu baik-baik.\u201d (Apologies ma\u2019am, drive safely.\u201d) I was also at a bar once, and the bar got raided. They pulled me out, thinking that I\u2019m Malay. I guess it was because I look tanned. Malays were picked out first to do a pee test. I asked them, \u201cExcuse me officer, why do I need to do the pee test? Because I\u2019m not malay.\u201d But they just asked me to do the pee test anyway. \u201cBuat saja, nanti cakap.\u201d (\u201cDo it first, you can talk later.\u201d) So I showed them my IC, and after they saw it then one of them said, \u201cOh, you\u2019re not Malay.\u201d Then they said I could leave. Being profiled is a scary feeling. I got tattoos on my hands now, just so that I don\u2019t get confused with being Malay. I go to shops and I just hope they see my tattoos. But even so, there are still people that stare at me in the mall when I\u2019m walking and eating, just one day ago, and they would ask me: \u201cTak puasa ke?\u201d It\u2019s a weird and scary feeling to be \u201cassumed Malay\u201d when I\u2019m not. So far, I\u2019ve got off lightly because I had my IC, or I had people who could vouch for my identity. And so far, the police have been respectful whenever they made a mistake. I know they\u2019re just trying to do their jobs. But even so, I always feel a bit anxious when I go out to bars, when I buy non-halal meat, when I do anything that Malays are judged for doing. One day, I may get stopped or harassed by someone who may not believe me when I tell them that I am Chindian. They may say that I am lying, menipu, and that I am going against the religion by not following it. But I\u2019m Chinese mixed Indian. I\u2019m not Malay, so why am I treated like one? Why is it considered okay to assume my ethnicity from the beginning? Isn\u2019t it more courteous to ask first? The culture of jaga tepi kain orang lain (meddling in other people\u2019s affairs) must stop, and be replaced with jaga tepi kain sendiri (minding your own business) instead. For more stories like this, read: I Was One of the 310 Who Got Arrested in the Club for Violating SOP. To get new stories from IRL, follow us on Facebook & Instagram.