Am I perceived to be anti-Malay? Do what I write about my race, about my roots and about my “own” people, paint them into a people who do not deserve to have their place in the sun in a nation the constitution acknowledges to have a “special position” among all others?

If I am so perceived, then let me make right what has been wrongly thought of by others…mainly other Malays.

I would like to categorically state here, that from the time that I was able to understand and became aware that I am a Malay, I was truly grateful to be one and have continued to be grateful to be a Malay, until today. There is no other race more decent and graceful than the Malays in Malaysia. NONE! There is no other race that has been more accommodating and more accepting of the “others” who also call Malaysia their home, as the Malays. If you slight a Malay, more often then not, he will not take offense and will forgive your slight of him as being one made unintentionally and without malice. If you are in need of food or shelter, you will be welcomed into a Malay home with open arms and no ill will be thought of your race or your religion. As a Malay, I pride myself of my inherent good manners and ability to understand and be tolerant of others who are different from me. And for many many Malays, being a Malay is a privilege we accept with good grace and that unspoken thought ….that if all of you were Malays… what a great country Malaysia would be for we would all be decent, graceful, well mannered and accepting of each other’s failings and faults, if any.

But alas, we are all not Malays….and worse still, among us Malays…. there are now Malays who have forgotten to be Malays. There are today, Malays who steal, rob, are greedy, arrogant and corrupt. There are Malays today who have brought shame and disgrace to their own race in the manner they conduct themselves in government and in society. There are also Malays who now abuse the place that “others” in Malaysia had once given the Malays – that “special position” that we Malays deserved in this Tanah Air.

But then my friends, is not this true of the others who also call Malaysia their home? Are there not among the Indians, the Chinese and the others who call Malaysia their home…are there not among them thieves, robbers, greedy, selfish and corrupt individuals who also bring shame to their own race? Of course, they are…for just like the Malays, the other races too have their own cross to bear.

And so my friends, I am not anti-Malay nor am I, anti anybody. I chose at times to remind my own race that there are among the Malays, some Malays who have lost their way in the pursuit of making a decent living and a purposeful life. I chose to do so because, surely, the Malays are more accepting of such brickbats if it were to come from one of their own then for it to come from “others”.

And as I say “Saya menindas Bangsa sendiri bukan kerana benci bangsa sendiri…Tertapi kerana saya sayangkan sangat bangsa sendiri”….selamat pagi Malaysia.

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