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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  1. Joe
    July 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    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.

  2. Aoshd
    July 7, 2017 at 5:56 pm


    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.

  3. Alfred Chuah
    Alfred Chuah
    July 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

    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.

    1. Saiya Hakim
      Saiya Hakim
      July 24, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      Funny, its because we are smart lah we dint support Pakatan. Support Pakatan so that we lose our special position and allow immigrants who disrespect us to get equal status? not a chance in hell dude.

      One more thing, Chinese also believe in god too, plenty of Christian who does and even indian, caucasian american, and plenty people out there, and even Einsten and Feynman believes in god. These are people are ten times smarter than you.

      So based on your logic, these people should not be able to grasp the logic right douchebag?

      1. Alfred Chuah
        Alfred Chuah
        July 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

        well at the end of the day, don’t come after me for calling you names. You’ve said it yourself – you want a special title. I give it to you: imbecile, entitled, spoiled brat, ingrate, lazy, bigoted and one more, shameless. You want the special title yet you have done nothing to deserve it. Furthermore, you’re bullying those you deem less than you for more support. Be the tuan all you want, but at least have the balls to own it and tell people you’re a privileged son of a bitch who can only dish it but can’t take it.

        And if you bothered to look it up, Albert Einstein’s religious views have been widely studied and often misunderstood. Einstein stated that he believed in the pantheistic God of Baruch Spinoza. He did not believe in a personal God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings, a view which he described as naïve.

        I can grasp logic very well. What I may be lacking is the intellectual mind that can theorize and experiment like those well-known scientists. And if you wanna play the science card, science itself can be proven, debated, disproved and conjectured again and again – which is something religion, at least the kind you practice, cannot.

      2. Saiya Hakim
        Saiya Hakim
        July 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

        In case you are too stupid to understand what Ive written in simple english here, I sum it up for your idiotic brain to comprehend.

        1. You argue that all malay cant comprehend logic because they believe in god.

        2. Then you argue that Einstein believe in God of spinoza, which is actually a BELIEF in GOD.

        What this mean though? it only confirmed and cemented my argument saying that smart people do believe in god, and are you trying to say that Einstein has no grasp of reality or logic? certainly not! the only imbecile, ingrates, ungrateful chibeng around is probably obvious for all to see.

        Nothing more need to be argued on whether god existed or not since it has nothing to with that question at all you ingrates son of imbecile!

  4. Joe
    July 9, 2017 at 4:53 am

    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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