Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Real Malay - by Sir Frank Swettenham

To begin to understand the Malay you must live in his country, speak his language, respect his faith, be interested in his interests, humour his prejudices, sympathise with and help him in trouble, and share his pleasures and possibly his risks. Only thus can you. hope to win his confidence. Only through that confidence can you hope to understand the inner man, and this knowledge can therefore only come to those who have the opportunity and use So far the means of studying Malays in their own country (where alone they are seen in their true character) have fallen to few Europeans,, and a very small proportion of them have shown an inclination get into the, hearts of the people. There are a hundred thousand Malays in Perak and some more in other parts of the Peninsula; and the white man, whose interest in the race is strong enough, may not only win confidence but the devotion that is ready to give life itself in the cause of friendship. The Scripture says: "There is no greater thing than this," and in the end of the nineteenth century that is a form of friendship all too rare.Fortunately this. is a thing you cannot buy, but to gain it is worth some effort.

His disposition is generally kindly, his manners are polite and easy. Never cringing, he is reserved with strangers and suspicious, though he does not show it. He is courageous and trustworthy in the discharge of an undertaking; but he is extravagant, fond of borrowing money. and very slow in repaying it. He is a good talker, speaks in parables, quotes proverbs and wise saws, has a strong sense of humour, and is very fond of a good joke. He takes an interest in the affairs of his neighbours and is consequently a gossip. He is a Muhammadan and a fatalist but he is also very superstitious. He never drinks intoxicants, he is rarely an opium-smoker. But he is fond of gambling,, cock-fighting,' and kindred sports. He is by nature a sportsman; catches and tames elephants; is a skilful fisherman, and thoroughly at home in a boat.

Above all things, he is conservative to a degree, is proud and fond of country and his people, venerates his ancient customs and traditions, fears his Rajas, and has a proper respect for constituted authority - while he looks askance on all innovations, and will resist their sudden introduction. But if he has time to examine them carefully, and they are not thrust upon him, he is willing to be convinced of their advantage. At the same time he is a good imitative learner, and, when he has energy and ambition enough for the task, makes a good mechanic.

A Malay is intolerant of insult or slight; it is something that to him should be wiped out in blood. He will brood over a real or fancied stain on his honour until he is possessed by the desire for revenge. If he cannot wreak it on the offender, he will strike out at the first human being that comes in his way. It is this state of blind fury, this vision of blood, that produces the amok. The Malay has often be called treacherous. I question whether he deserves the reproach more then other men. He is courteous and expects courtesy in return, and he understands only one method of avenging personal insults.

The spirit of the clan is also strong in him. He acknowledges the necessity of carrying out, even blindly, the orders of his hereditary, chief, while he will protect his own relatives at all costs and make their quarrel his own.

Who is Sir Frank Swettenham ?

One of the architects of British Malaya, Frank Swettenham arrived in the Malay Peninsula in 1871 and, in subsequent years, became appointed the British Resident in Selangor and Perak, Resident General of the Federated Malay States and, finally, Governor of the Staraits Settlement and High Commissioner of the Malay States in 1901. This was in no small part due to his keeninterest in the country and its people - he was known as one who lived with them, spoke their language and respected their faith, in spite of his own English prejudices.

Lagu 'Warisan' akan mengingatkan kita supaya
jangan mudah lupa dan lalai dalam perjuangan.

Friday, May 23, 2008


On International Issues
  • "Exploit us, but exploit us fairly." - Speech to business leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, Oct. 20, 2003.
  • "We (Muslims) are actually very strong. 1.3 billion people cannot be simply wiped out. The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them." - Oct. 16, 2003, in speech to a summit of 57 Islamic countries.
  • "We must not antagonise everyone. We must win their hearts and minds. We must win them to our side, not by begging for help from them, but by the honorable way that we struggle to help ourselves. We must not strengthen the enemy by pushing everyone into their camps through irresponsible and unIslamic acts." - from the same speech.
  • "The Sept. 11 attack on America, which supported Israel, has made an excuse for the Anglo-Saxon Europeans to return to their old violent ways. Their strategy to fight terrorism is through attacking Muslim countries and Muslims, whether they are guilty or not." - June 19, 2003, speech.
  • "If the innocent people who died in the attack on Afghanistan, and those who have been dying from lack of food and medical care in Iraq, are considered collaterals, are not the 3,000 who died in New York and the 200 in Bali also just collaterals, whose deaths are necessary for the operations to succeed?" - Feb. 24, 2003, speech to the Non-Aligned Movement of developing nations.
  • "There were times when I was elated with what I thought was my success. But mostly I feel disappointed, because I achieved too little result from my principal task, the task of making my race a race that is respected, a race that is honorable, a race that is highly regarded." - June 21, 2002, speech, three days before announcing plans to retire.
  • "It is good governance by good people that we need. And feudal kings, even dictators, have provided and can provide good governance." - April 26, 2002, speech.
  • "Armed attacks or other forms of attack against civilians must be regarded as acts of terror and the perpetrators regarded as terrorists. ... And anyone supporting them must be considered as terrorists." - April 1, 2002, speech urging Muslim leaders to include Palestinian suicide bombings in definition of terrorism.
  • "We may suspect that they, the Jews, have an agenda, but we do not want to accuse. And incidentally, we are Muslims, and the Jews are not happy to see the Muslims progress." - Oct. 10, 1997, speech during Asian financial crisis.
  • "We are told that we must open up, that trade and commerce must be totally free. Free for whom? For rogue speculators. For anarchists wanting to destroy weak countries in their crusade for open societies, to force us to submit to the dictatorship of international manipulators." - July 1997 speech.
  • "I believe that the country should have a strong government but not too strong. A two-thirds majority like I enjoyed when I was prime minister is sufficient but a 90% majority is too strong." - December 2005, on his successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Parliamentary majority of 92%.

    About Malays
  • We have tried to tell them if you depend on subsidies, you are going to be very weak. But they don’t seem to understand. We tell them if you use crutches, you will not be able to stand up. Throw away the crutches, stand up straight because you still have the capacity.
  • I have talked about this thing and as a doctor I know very well the meaning of crutches but somehow or rather they want the easy way out. If I get an AP and I sell it and make some money, it’s all right, they say.
  • The great debacle was the computer labs. We tried to help as many people as possible because we were accused of giving things to only a selected few. But every one of them sold their contracts. Sold and sold and sold until finally the last man could not sell and had to do the work. He then found he would make terrible losses and so he tried to cut corners, used bad materials and the labs collapsed.
  • They know it, they see it right before their eyes but they learn nothing. Next time they will do it again.
  • Why is this only happening to Malay graduates and not Chinese graduates? The reason is probably the Chinese graduates choose the right subjects so they are employable. We find that the Malay graduates, especially those from the Malay stream, can’t speak English at all. No matter how much value you put on a certificate, the fact remains that an employer wants somebody with whom he can communicate. The employer is not Malay, he is a foreigner. And if he’s not going to be able to communicate with you, he will not take you.
  • There is also attitude. There are some who start off by demanding good pay. Obviously, if you ask how much even before he has decided to take you, he won’t think you have the right attitude for the job. So there are many reasons why the Malay graduates are not being employed.
  • I remember we got companies to hire unemployed Malay graduates and pay them RM400 each. But when they got the job, they refused to do anything because it was not their line and they didn’t want to learn. They were just marking time, waiting for the kind of job they were interested in. Obviously, these people do not have the right attitude towards work.
  • Mostly I feel disappointed, disappointed because I achieved too little result from my principal task -- the task of making my race a successful race, a race that is respected, a race that is honorable, a race that is highly regarded. I beg your pardon because I have failed,

Thursday, May 22, 2008


Sesungguhnya tidak ada yang lebih menyayatkan
dari melihat bangsaku dijajah
tidak ada yang lebih menyedihkan
dari membiarkan bangsaku dihina

Air mata tiada ertinya
sejarah silam tiada maknanya
sekiranya bangsa tercinta terpinggir
dipersenda dan dilupakan

Bukan kecil langkah wira bangsa
para pejuang kemerdekaan
bagi menegakkan kemuliaan
dan darjat bangsa
selangkah beerti mara
mengharung sejuta dugaan

Biarkan bertatih
asalkan langkah itu yakin dan cermat
bagi memastikan negara
merdeka dan bangsa terpelihara
air mata sengsara
mengiringi setiap langkah bapa-bapa kita

Tugas kita bukan kecil
kerana mengisi kemerdekaan
rupanya lebih sukar dari bermandi
keringat dan darah menuntutnya

Lagi pula apalah ertinya kemerdekaan
kalau bangsaku asyik mengia dan menidakkan,
mengangguk dan membenarkan,
kerana sekalipun bangganya negara
kerana makmur dan mewahnya,
bangsaku masih melata
dan meminta-minta di negaranya sendiri

Bukan kecil tugas kita
meneruskan perjuangan kemerdekaan kita
kerana rupanya selain memerdekakan,
mengisi kemerdekaan itu jauh lebih sengsara

Bangsaku bukan kecil hati dan jiwanya
bukankah sejak zaman berzaman mereka menjadi pelaut,
pengembara malah penakluk terkemuka?
Bukankah mereka sudah mengembangkan sayap,
menjadi pedagang dan peniaga

Selain menjadi ulama dan ilmuan terbilang?
Bukankah bangsaku pernah mengharung samudera
menjajah dunia yang tak dikenal
Bukankah mereka pernah menjadi wira serantau
yang tidak mengenal erti takut dan kematian?
Di manakah silapnya
hingga bangsaku berasa begitu kecil dan rendah diri?
Apakah angkara penjajah?
Lalu bangsaku mulai melupakan
kegemilangan silam dan sejarah gemilang membina empayar

Tugas kita belum selesai rupanya
bagi memartabat dan memuliakan bangsa
kerana hanya bangsa yang berjaya
akan sentiasa dihormati

Rupanya masih jauh dan berliku jalan kita
bukan sekadar memerdeka dan mengisinya
tetapi mengangkat darjat dan kemuliaan
buat selama-lamanya

Hari ini, jalan ini pasti semakin berliku
kerana masa depan belum tentu
menjanjikan syurga
bagi mereka yang lemah dan mudah kecewa

Perjuangan kita belum selesai
kerana hanya yang cekal dan tabah
dapat membina mercu tanda
bangsanya yang berjaya

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Mei 1996

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Peristiwa 19 Mei 2008 mencetuskan kegawatan pemikiran di kalangan ahli UMNO dan orang melayu secara keseluruhannya. Ramai orang mula buntu dan hilang arah dengan tindakan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad meninggalkan UMNO. Apakah langkah beliau harus diikuti oleh ahli-ahli lain atau tindakan beliau hanyalah seperti melepaskan batuk ditangga.

Aaaahhhhh ! ! ! Mana dia keberanian orang melayu? Mana dia semangat orang melayu ? Kata-kata' Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia' bagai nak luput di telan zaman.

Takkan orang melayu tak sedar dan tak faham lagi . Sampaikan Tun sendiri telah tinggalkan UMNO untuk menyedarkan orang melayu bahawasanya selagi ada kepimpinan yg lemah nescaya UMNO dan MALAYSIA takkan ada kejayaan. Sepatutnya saat Tun menyatakan hasratnya meninggalkan UMNO , semua ahli UMNO yang faham dengan perjuangan TUN sebelum ini patut bangun dan sama-sama menyokong dan memberikan beliau semangat. Di usia beliau ini pun beliau masih punyai keberanian yang patut dicontohi. Apa lah anak - anak muda sekarang ini semuanya tak berani untuk meluahkan isi hati mereka. Yang hak tetap hak, yang benar tetap benar. Berkata benarlah walaupun ia pahit.

Sudahlah kita ini asyik bercakap sahaja . Jom kita tekad untuk tunjukkan Malaysia bahawa kita ini adalah anak-anak melayu yang berani. Semangat kita harus tinggi agar dihormati bangsa lain. Tindakan kita harus tepat dan berkesan . Kalau kita bersatu dalam apa jua tindakan kita pasti peroleh kemenangan.Perjuangan yang ikhlas tentu berakhir di puncak kejayaan.