Lately , I read the stories about the native American Indian . I was dismayed to know what had happen to these native American Indians . I came across and learned about them vaguely in the Western cowboy movies . They were always the bad guys and dubbed them savagers .The settlers backed by the Yankee army , they were the good guys . The native Indians were fighting hard against the mighty and grand Yankee army . Thousands of the native Indians were killed and massacred . In the end , in series of battles they fought , the native American Indians lost the war .
Why did the native Indians fought so hard knowing that the Yankee army was so powerful , well armed and many ? Yet the native Indian combated with their bows and arrows . With limited guns and bullets which they stole from the Yankee , were insufficient . They were brave people and fought brilliantly to their last drop of blood because they were defending their rights over their land and territories . They were the fiercest of fighters. More importantly , they were defending their culture , tradition , belief , economic ways of living and the sovereignty of their tribes and territories.
Red Cloud , the capable warrior fought the battle to gain rights over the river valley . Crazy Horse another brave warrior led a surprise attacked on General George Cook army and preventing the army to join force with General Custer Army . As the result , General Custer lost the battle of Bighorn . There were many native Indian warriors like ,
Initially the native American Indians were friendly people . They showed the foreigners with great hospitality . The problem came when the foreigners became settlers and they came to annex and stay . They wanted to claim the land as their own . They destroyed the sites which the native considered sacred . They were forced to leave their home . The long conflict began .
I was taken aback by the history of fate fell upon the native American Indians . I wonder what would happen to the Deutero Malays if they are faced with that situation .
I believe our forefathers knew that the Malays should not be like the native Indians of
I am also taken aback by some who try to infringe our constitution and beginning their aspersions by questioning it . As I understand it , ketuanan Melayu is not stipulated in the Constitution . It is wrongly interpreted and a wrongly perceived . It is not that Malay is the ' Tuan ' and rest of the non Malays are servants . As I understand it , the article 153 refers to special privileges of the Malay and rights of other must be respected for preserving peace and harmony.What is wrong with that ?.
Now I do understand and I thank to our forefathers who acknowledged the history of the native American Indians . Engaging that , the Malay importance prevails in the articles 153 signature the Malay position in hopping that the Malay would not be dumped in the reservation . Furthermore , it would guide the Malay to stay relevant in the controversial world of Capitalism in a multi ethnic society of
Looking back at the previous past and before the coming of the invaders , the Malay land (Tanah Melayu ) existed . It had the sovereign Sultanate of Malay kingdoms whose Governments representing their territories . It came in the order of hierarchy governing with stipulated laws , principles and protocols .
It develops the social ,economic ,cultural orders with strong and institutionalized fundamental values of Islam . Above all , the Malays norms practicing in the customary laws strengthen the ‘rights ‘ that the Malays and the Bumiputra are the master ( tuan ) of their Tanah Melayu . Make no mistake , it is not translated as ' master and servant ' relationship .
We were invaded by the Dutch , the Portuguese than the East Indian Company , later British colonial masters for more than 300 hundred years . At the same time , the exodus of non historical origins organized by the Colonial rulers arrived to stay for serving and feeding the Colonial industrial revolution in the West . They were welcome .
We must not be apologetic in propagating the expression of Ketuanan Melayu nor it is taken as the sign of Malay weaknesses . It also should not take the expression as to apprehend others . We must prescribe the notion and the sprit of ‘ Ketuanan Melayu ‘ for us to move forward in the order for change and achieving for the best of all Malaysian . The spirit of Ketuanan Melayu has served as one of the major principles of Malaysian democracy in a multi cultural ecosystem . It is in the evolution of our Nation track record and without denial has brought peace harmony and prosperity to our beloved Nation .
As someone remarks , 'Ketuanan Melayu ' was an expression used by our forefathers to remind and unite the ethnic Malays with the highest justification of covenant and to highly respect others in equality . Together with other ethnics we will strive for unity , peace , harmony and prosperity . Insyallah ,
Herni Azura Ghafar