Mammoth Malay renaissance meet next year

SHAH ALAM — December 29, 2014: Another seven Malay-dominated agencies have decided to get together to try and get the race to strengthen their solidarity.


The first step towards achieving this aim is to mobilise the Malays to attend what is hoped to be a massive gathering in March.


However the prime movers behind this movement are quick to state that it is not politically motivated.


The agencies or groups involved are the Malay Consultative Council, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), Unit Peneraju Agenda Bumiputera (Teraju), Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) and Gagasan Badan Ekonomi Melayu (Gabem).


The council’s secretary-general Datuk Hassan Mat said here today that the second ‘Malay Renaissance Gathering’ will also draft a set of new Malay agendas based on the five basic principles of Maqasid Syariah which will then be handed to the federal government.


“People say that the Malays usually ask something from the government but this time we instead want to give something to the government.”


The gathering being planned will be similar in tone to the one held in March 1946 to protest against the British colonial government’s plan to form the Malay Union. 


Hassan explained that the idea to organise the gathering came about when the prime movers realised that there have been too many finger-pointing theatrics within the Malay community.


Voicing his concern and speaking on his observations, former national police chief Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar said it was crucial that the Malays remain united regardless of ideologies.


“Many of the young Malays I see today appear ashamed to identify themselves as Malays.


“They have the tendency to abandon their roots and adopt foreign cultural values,” lamented Hanif.


On the possibility of being met with a political backlash, Hassan said his team is prepared for this eventuality.


Adding to this was UiTM vice-chancellor Tan Sri Professor Sahol Hamid who reinstated the position that the grouping is far from being political and thus has a clear conscience.





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Aziz Hassan

A journalist since July 1976 with both the English and Malaya press and was with two newspaper groups before The Mole. Does corporate report-writing and translation in his free time. Currently also a contributing weekly rugby columnist for the New Straits Times.