SHAH ALAM — May 29, 2019: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has expressed sadness over the problem of Malay disunity which he sees has reached a worrying level.
He described the split as bad, especially when there are so many groups claiming to fight for the interests of the Malays, but this worsened when the groups often criticised each other, which was like smudging charcoal on one’s own face.
The disintegration is exacerbated by some Malay leaders who hurl ridicule and sarcasm against their own race openly without shame.
“Open arguments and bickering among the Malays are happening everywhere, including on social and mainstream media. The disputes involve all aspects, to the extent that small things become the cause of conflict and subsequently result in a significant split.
“The slander hurled by one party against another and feelings of jealousy, betrayal and hatred displayed seem to be a kind of culture among the Malays,” said the ruler a breaking-of-fast with the people and the presentation of Aidilfitri contributions here today.
Present were the Raja Muda Tengku Amir Shah, Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari and other state dignitaries.
Sultan Sharafuddin described the situation as disappointing because the Malays are adherents of Islam which prioritises the inculcation of noble values in Muslims.
But he said the noble values advocated by Islam and which should be within every Malay are not practised, as if they have forgotten about the boundaries placed by the religion to prevent disunity and dispute.
Sultan Sharafuddin also reminded the Malays that they would jeopardise everything in terms of religious, economic, political and educational rights should they continue to live in disunity as there will be others who would benefit from it.
“Do we want to see Malays one day being marginalised and become slaves in our own homeland? Do we want to see the Malays colonised in terms of religion, economy, political power, education, thinking and various other aspects of life?
“If we are not careful and continue to fight and split, either among the Malays or fellow Malay leaders, then I believe, all the things that I mentioned will become a reality in the near future,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.
Sultan Sharafuddin also asked the Malays to be united and set aside the wrangling, adding that Malay leaders regardless of party politics should stop the political culture of rhetoric and must no longer label their own race with harsh criticisms.
“Leaders, especially Malay leaders, have to play a role to help the Malays without insulting and calling them names, causing the Malays to lose confidence and remain weak.
“Malay leaders should not only think of their short-term interests and merely seek popularity in a particular group, thus setting aside the fundamentals of preserving the interests of the Malays as a whole,” he said.
Citing as an example the fall of the Melaka empire due to jealousy, betrayal, greed, disunity and power struggle, Sultan Sharafuddin reminded the Malays to always learn from past mistakes. — Bernama