Pak Samad on Malays

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Datuk A. Samad Said is a well-known writer and a member of the DAP. In his speech in Penang he expressed concern about Malays in the context of the coming general election: according to Pak Samad, Malays don’t seem to see truth as “truth” that needs to be defended for its own sake. Factual matters can be conveniently forgotten or ignored if there is some material benefit for them.

I admire Pak Samad for saying something that politicians have known for a long time but have been afraid to say for fear of losing votes. If I had said the same thing, for example, many would have accused me of being “insensitive” to my party and the Opposition as a whole.

I have a slightly different take from Pak Samad on Malay attitudes/values (and again, I am not referring to all Malays, but a sizeable number of them).

It’s not that they are unable to discern or don’t know the “facts” or “truth” about any matter. They do. Just look at the group of “professors” who are defending the Prime Minister against the US Department of Justice disclosure. They certainly know how to read and comprehend the report but still, they defend the Prime Minister even at the cost of looking like fools.

Similarly, our Ministers, senior civil servants, judges, and academics must surely understand what has been happening in the past five years, but they still go in droves to the Prime Minister’s Office to express their support and loyalty.

These Malays are willing to subordinate one set of truths for a better set of truths — “better” for them, at least. Defending their political and religious leaders at all cost is the better truth. That’s why they see this as part of their job, and it has nothing to do with the actual truth nor does it arise out of a sense of duty or honour. They do it for material reward.

Malay feudal leaders always rewarded their loyalists generously. The growth of the class of “hamba raja” (Protectors of the Ruler) well narrated by Munshi Abdullah in the earlier Malay kingdoms has now spread far and wide. The hamba raja are alive and well today, strengthened by the addition of non-Malay parties and recently by the entry of the ulama to their fold.

This practice has been perfected by Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has capitalised on feudal community values as well as religious teachings that, sadly, our so-called “progressive” education system has not been able to change or replace.

Ganging up against critics and defending their leaders or authority is the chosen attitude for which the hamba raja are rewarded well. It’s as simple as that.

What does this mean for GE14? Quite simply, if we have more hamba raja than good decent Malays, then the Barisan Nasional will win again. However, if there are now fewer hamba raja in the Peninsular states then the Opposition will have a good chance. In this sense, the coming general election is more about Malays than all other issues combined.

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  • Joe

    By your definition, the entire Hadi’s PAS is “Hamba Raja”.. You sir have a great talent for attracting attacks of the worst kind.

    Unfortunately, its sadly or tragically true. Hadi’s PAS ARE HAMBA RAJA and so are their supporters which pivotally significant, marginally decisive.

  • Aoshd

    HOW UMNO TRAPPED THE MALAYS

    Lie About The “MALAY” Status Of Migrants

    In 1957, 80% of ‘Malays’ at West Malaysia were or descended from Indonesian and south Thailand migrants (Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu were taken in by the British in 1909 after Chinese tin miners helped make Malaya a successful colony)

    They were living in separate villages speaking their own languages (Javanese, Bugis, Banjar, Minangkabau, Patani Siam, Kelantanese, etc). To secure their unwavering support to become a strong political force, Umno claimed these mother tongue speakers were Malay speakers eligible to be granted citizenship and Special Privileges in line with the Constitution wherein Umno inserted this clause beforehand.

    Lie As Fearless Defender Against The Colonialist

    Umno was formed by (aristocrats) palace officials and royal relatives in 1946. The sultans had just been pensioned off by the British for ‘collaborating’ with the Japanese. To rescue their livelihood, these Umno founders rallied Malay civil servants, teachers, students (incl Mahathir) to force the colonialist to reverse the Malayan Union policy. But this fight for self-survival quickly became widely touted as a fearless struggle for all Malays. Upon merdeka, all sultans were retained as relatives were still employed by the palaces. Two of their descendants are the PM and the defence minister.

    Lie As Champion Of Independence

    Umno leaders were partners of the British administration (either within palaces or the civil service) and merely inherited power after the British gave in to pressure by fighters (both democrat and communist) aiming to set up a republic (part of Indonesia or independent). Umno was favoured by the British who had reinstalled the sacked sultans in 1946 to save their livelihood ; and were unlikely to confiscate British assets compared to the republican minded after Merdeka.

  • Alfred Chuah

    I really don’t know how do groups of people who believe in things that don’t exist, like gods, be able to even grasp the idea of truth or fact.

  • Joe

    Dato, given the latest acts and comments by Najib, the re-appt of CJ, moving ISA Samad to SPAD, asking us to respect women after a lifetime of debauchery that is likely the reason for his wife’s own with jewelry and luxuries, etc you must ask the Malays:

    Is there ANY INSTITUTION in Najib’s UMNO administration, underwritten by Hadi’s PAS, THAT IS NOT A JOKE? Are the Malays waiting until their religion they will die for IS ALSO A JOKE?

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