Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Mat Kilau, Sitting Bull and Maori King Tawaiho were great people but......!
Mat Kilau, Chief Sitting Bull and Maori King Tawaiho were all great leaders! They fought the invaders without fear. Mat Kilau used the kris and spear, Sitting Bull used bow and arrow, King Tawaiho probably used his tongue and scary tattoo on his face to scare the invaders!
Well therein lies the problem! The invaders, namely the palefaces, were using gun powder and in no time hundred of thousands of Mat Kilau, Sitting Bull King Tawaiho were mowed down like a proverbial bowling pins, and in no time the vanquished became slaves and defeated people.
I have read how Malays revered their past warriors like Mat Kilau and their mind cannot move beyond the fact that, if it is true at all, while he might have lived until 122 years after revealing his true identity, he had done nothing else in between except telling stories of his exploits against the British!
I just want to point out that as a Malay, I am not going to allow my chequered past to prevent me from advancing through in life. I will not use Mat Kilau as my term of reference or a moot point in my life when competing with the rest of the world!
I want my people to master science and technology so we can have strong enough modern knowledge to withstand modern onslaught. I admire countries like Iran that has withstood modern onslaught with its scientific knowledge, I think Malays (I am sorry I did not use the term Malaysian for I am not sure it is appropriate anymore since multi-racialism in this country seem to have disjointed) should be more scientifically resilient and leave Mat Kilau story as just another one of our Aesop Fables, something we can learn from.
I just hope cucumatkilau who got detained is knowledgeable enough to fight for his race through science and technology instead of harping on the past.
Do you remember when a burly and fierce Berber who threateningly twirling his big scimitar at Indiana Jones?! Well Jones took out his small revolver and shot dead the poor bastard. The moral of the story is, I just do not want my Malay race to be a bastard, amidst the abundant of modern technology! But yes Mat Kilau can make a good story, that is all!
STOP PRESS: Pas is just another nationalistic Malay party which uses the religion, stories of past Malay warriors, to fight against the concept of a multi-racial party in this country, Pas wants to have a total Malay dominated party to rule the country now, and I do not think that is possible. In the meantime the Malays are easily duped. Pas should be prevented at all cost to rule anyone.
Posted by Pasquale at 10:51 AM