Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Understanding "Ketuanan Melayu" - Part 2

The Industrial Revolution took place in Europe in the early 18th century, these European industrialists invented new machines and methods which brought about higher level of efficiency and productivity, as a result, they needed to find more raw materials for their production and new markets for their products, it was one of the few reasons that prompted the British to cross over the 4 Oceans and 5 Continents to start their global exploitation and colonial rule, Malaya, a land full natural resources,would inevitably become an attraction to the British. Some said the British came to rape and sodomise our land, but let's hear the other side of the story....
When the British came to "our" land, they first sought our Sultans approval and consent to begin their "management" and hence, they were given the legitimate power by the Sultans to "run" our land, they brought with them excellent administrative, judicial and educational system, and "our" land first entered a brand new phase of proper and systematic development, certain quarters like the Indian-Malay Mahathir who wrongly accused our Sultans of giving in to the British, Mahathir was wrong to say so, he didn't understand the sacrifices our Sultans had made for sake of achieving unity, peace and development for "our" land, Mahathir's father was an Indian immigrant, without the British bringing his father in to "our" land, this fella would still be languishing in India selling Kacang Puteh!! this fella has the audacity to question our beloved Sultans?? Mahathir, please don't challenge "Ketuanan Melayu" or else we send you back to your motherland or fatherland!...

The British were just the temporary "General Manager" to manage and oversee the development of "our" land, they developed "our" country and earned from us, they brought the nine Sultans together and had helped unify the whole of Malaya, without them, we could have a totally different geopolitical landscape today, we may have The Kingdom of Selangor, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan etc, in addition to "Ketuan Melayu", we may have "Ketuanan Bugis", "Ketuanan Minangkabau", "Ketuanan Java", etc; and "our" land could be much more backward without their planning and development experience! Without their judicial, educational and administrative system, we would have many "Kangaroo Courts" around "our" land where Penghulu or Ketua Kampong would be the Majistrates and Bomoh would be our teachers and doctors. Thanks to the unselfish, bold and wise decision of our Sultans to allow them to temporarily manage "our" land, otherwise we wouldn't have "Ketuanan Melayu" today and i might need a Passport to travel to Kedah, Selangor or Pahang. We must always remember the sacrifices our Sultans had made for us to have prosperity, peace and unity in "our" land!
The British respected the Sultans and therefore the Sultans of respective States were willing to cooperate with them, they never questioned our Sultans' immunity and special rights and position, but when Malaysia was under the rule of indian-Malay Mahathir, he amended the constitution to empower himself to challenge the special position of our Sultans. He created a new form of "Ketuanan Melayu" to challenge "Ketuanan Melayu"!
The British urgently needed many workers to rapidly develop and expand our economies, they started "import" workers from india and China, this was how Mahathir father and many other foreigners came to our land and how things started to get more complicated racially, politically, economically and culturally.

To be continued, please stay tuned!

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