Monday, June 09, 2008

First the kris and now the songkok, and whats next!

As a Malay I will walk a mile for it!



I have a whole collection of kris and I am proud to have!


*News update*

Still I believe DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has no right to remind or dictate what his respective DAP state committees to wear or not to wear a songkok at any legislative assembliy opening or function. It is a non-issue really for they have to do it. Since it is our tradition, norms and mores to do so in this country, for all members of state executive committee to wear songkok for such function!
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It is an open secret that the de facto leader of the opposition party PKR, Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, has ordered or gave a carte blanche to members of his non-Malay coalition parties to snipe at anything a Malay institutions e.g. the sultans, the kris, the NEP and anything that symbolises Malay.
He once said kris as a symbol is just a stupid Malay symbol and aberration, whatever that he meant by the statement. In fact he said so many things when he thought he was in power then.
He once told Samy Vellu "Why lah Samy you people need so many temple" yes you can ask Samy to verify that. statement
Now the non-Malay component party members are also following suit such as with subtlety telling Umno "no kris wielding even in your own house" and now they are not going to wear that traditional songkok at the opening of a legislative assemblies. Read here...
Malays have been very accommodating for the last two or three centuries, give or take, to make non-Malays welcomed and to feel at home in Malaya, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, Federation of Malaya, and now Malaysia, knowing the fact that Chinese and Indian cultures are a lot older than the Malays. But the question is if they want to be more Chinese or Indian they have to go back to their country of origin.
The facts are keris and songkok, may not be much of a culture characteristic, are symbols or part and parcel of that not so old Malay culture. Okay we may opted not to kiss an unsheathed keris, but songkok has always been a symbol of the Malay Federation and now called Malaysia. Wearing it is to respect an existing symbol not to become a Malay.
My take is if they refused to wear songkok just do not allowed them to enter the August house so to speak.
Why our Malay symbols are being ridiculed and not being taken seriously, because we have evil-reincarnate BABI who is playing a very dangerous parochial personal politics and a very weak Prime Minister who is still in a state of denial. Reject these two or run a risk of all Melayus that will be asked or be forced to go back to kampungs.

No cheers today!


P.S.
I saw a special on the National Geography on the Malaysian king's coronation and its preparation and even an interview with Sultan Mizan, that came with it. The king was proud to say he broke the tradition by just kissing the kris from the sheath rather than doing it traditionally when a new king is installed - kissing the unsheathe kris. I don't know what to say, but I believe a tradition is a tradition that must not be changed.


Also no cheers today!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow holy cow,

nowadays, BABI can really fly!

-no cheers since the fuel rise.

Angelia said...

To me, there's nothing wrong with the keris or wearing a songkok etc, esp for official symbols.

But the only prob is when folks threaten to bathe it in blood (whether it be parang etc), then a bit of a problem lah.

wearing songkok no big deal mah. Acceptance works both ways, don't you think?

Wearing songkok or baju kurung or baju melayu or cheongsam or sari doesnt reduce me as a Malaysian or convert to me to any one religion. To me, it's all part and parcel of our Malaysian identity. It's not tied to a religion. Am I right?

I think we are all getting oversensitive to certain things and not more sensitive to others. Where is our rakyat's money going? Where are the incentives for going green or alternative power/fuel sources? Tak Ada pun. Where are all our green spaces going? To me, sorting THAT all out is WAY more important than whether you wear a songkok or not.

I guess maybe Im being idealistic. LOL

daniel said...

A songkok is just a darn headgear. Why the DAP make such a big fuss over it also i tak paham. Unity wrecker lah this people. We normal people ok only wear each others' national dresses. Not complaining, and definitely nothing wrong with it!

Anonymous said...

We have been following these three DAP stooges for the past one year way before they became MPs and we know who they met in S'pore and what they eat and who they basically fu#k and they are just amateurs getting their instruction from their PAP master from across the Tebrau Straits to be more Chinese in their outlook AND WE think they can move to S'pore if they want, and if they want to play hardball we can also play!

Keppel Harbour Two!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Angelia and Daniel, now DAP is a member of Pakatan Rakyat and therefore they should respect the different races' culture and don't do things that will hurt the feelings of the Malays. Afterall PR is made up of many Malays who can work with DAP. I think there is nothing wrong in wearing a songkok. In fact they will look more HANDSOME.

Rocky's Bru said...

Richard Branson recently came here and wore the tengkolok. Some friends of mine took offense to this as the tengkolok or tanjak is the headgear for Raja-Raja.

Perhaps the DAP top guns would prefer the tengkolok/tanjak to the songkok?

Makes no difference to me. Won't make anyone a raja to me just because you wear a tanjak, unless your name is Raja or Rajah..

ok, ok. Blame it on the 63 per cent diesel price hike. you guys with petrol-powered cars are so lucky ..

yesterday once more said...

This DAP must learn that a hat is just a headcovering. It may be worn for protection against the elements, for religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, they denote rank and regiment.

There are hats for men and hats for women, as well as hats worn by both sexes. Purveyors of men's hats are called hatters and purveyors of women's hats are called milliners.

Hats that are more well known and popular or more historical significant than the Songkok are;

Akubra Australian hat with similarities to fedoras and cowboy hats

Baseball cap A type of soft cap with a long, stiffened and curved peak

Bearskin The tall, fur, full dress uniform hat of the Brigade of Guards designed to protect the footguards against sword-cuts, commonly seen at Buckingham Palace

Beaver hat Hats made of felted beaver fur

Beret Soft round cap, usually of wool felt, with a flat crown, worn by both men and women and traditionally associated with France. Also used in the military.

Bicorne Military hat with upturned corners

Boater Flat-brimmed and flat-topped straw hat, formally worn by seamen, and now mostly at summer regattas or garden parties, often with a ribbon in club or college colours

Boonie hat A soft cotton hat wide-brim hat commonly used by militaries.

Bowler / Derby A hard felt hat with a rounded crown created in 1850 by Lock's of St James's, the hatters to Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, for his servants. Sometimes known as a derby hat

Bucket hat A soft cotton hat with a wide, downwards sloping brim

Busby A small fur military hat

Dunce Cap A hat that was used as a punishment-humiliation hat in school during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is shaped like a cone

Casquette A small-peaked cap often worn by cyclists

Cocked hat a naval hat worn by Captains or Admirals in Europe and North America

Cloche hat Popular bell-shaped ladies hat of the 1920s

Cowboy Rugged, utilitarian hats made of felt or straw featuring wide brims (four inches or more) to protect against rain and sun. Common styles include a safari style brim (with the brim turned down in the front and back) or a brim sharply curved up on either side.

Deerstalker Warm close-fitting tweed cap designed for hunting in the wet and windy Scottish climate, with brims in front and behind, and ear flaps which can be tied together either over the crown or under the chin; anachronistically associated with Sherlock Holmes.

Fascinator A small hat commonly made with feathers, flowers and/or beads. It attaches to the hair by a comb, headband or clip.

Fedora A soft felt hat with a lengthwise crease

Fez Red felt hat in the shape of a truncated cone

Flat cap A soft, round men's cap with a small brim in front

Gatsby A soft brimmed hat popular in New York after the turn of the century made from eight quarter panels. Also known as a newsboy cap

Hard hat A helmet predominantly used in workplace environments, such as construction sites, to protect the head from injury by falling objects, debris and bad weather.

Homburg German designed hat

Kepi A French military hat with a flat, circular top and visor.

Kippah or Yarmulke A small close-fitting skullcap worn by religious Jews

Mortarboard Flat, square hat with a tassel worn at school graduation ceremonies

Porkpie Circular, flat topped hat

Panama Straw hat made in Ecuador

Salakot A traditional wide-brimmed hat in the Philippines

Santa Hat A floppy pointed red hat trimmed in white fur traditionally associated with Christmas

Shtreimel A fur hat worn by married Haredi Jewish men

Slouch Generic term covering wide-brimmed felt-crowned hats like those worn by the military and ranchers

Snood A close-fitting net that gathers up the back of a woman's hair

Sombrero A Mexican hat with an unusually wide brim and conical crown

Top hat A tall, flat-crowned, cylindrical hat worn by men in the 19th and early 20th centuries, now worn only with morning dress or evening dress. Also known as a stovepipe hat.

Trilby A soft felt men's hat with a narrow brim and a deeply indented crown

Tricorne A soft hat with a broad brim, pinned up on either side of the head and at the back, producing a triangular shape

Tudor bonnet A soft round black academic cap, with a tassel hanging from a cord attached to the centre of the top of the hat

Tuque A knitted hat worn in winter usually made from wool or acrylic. Also known as a ski cap or a beanie.

Turban A headdress consisting of a long scarf wound around the head.

Ushanka Russian fur hat with fold down ear flaps

So the DAP must learn that Sonkok is nothing, ranked very low.

Pasquale said...

yesterday once more...your attempt to denigrate the Malays is not all so subtle I noticed it..... "Sonkok (Malay) is nothing, ranked very low"...You could have just explained why a songkok as you had explained other head gears! But then you are a Singaporean I do not expect much! Cheers!

tak suka cina tonto said...

Seperti kata-kata Karpal Singh `over my dead body' bila PAS mahu menubuhkan negara Islam. Siapa yang ambil peduli kalau DAP tidak mahu memakai Songkok.

who give a shit.......

Kepada Karpal Singh : `over my dead body' kalau kamu benggali mempunyai cita-cita memerintah negara ini!

Bung Karno said...

Kiasu Singaporean filling up cheaper Malaysian petrol are more degrading.

Hawkeye Jack said...

Is there any truth to this star report as i have made some enquiries from some DAP fellas and they informed that they have not heard of such ruling.

Anyway the songkok or kris has never been any problem as far as i am concerned and i know a chinese friend who even collects the kris.

I would wear the songkok or the baju melayu and in fact we used to wear sarongs as kids in the chinese village.

And like angelia said it is what you did with it and i think some parties are trying to politicised this whole kris and now songkok thing.

Earlier i think the Selangor Dap members did debate about it during the swearing in ceremony and they have decided for it and thats a beautiful thing and i think they all look great during the swearing in ceremony.

I hope this racial politiking could stop and certain quarters have recently been flaming these issues and thats not healthy.

monsterball said...

hi pasquale! Nice post.
Are you walking the talks?

yesterday once more said...

I must teach this DAP a lesson, wearing Songkok isn't degrading neither is denigrate. If it is degrading or denigrate than a lot of things are consider degrading than like using TouHu to cook so many Melayu food like TouHu gorang, Longtong etc etc. TouHu was founded by one of the Han prince some where in the 200BC., Also P Ramlee would not come under a Cina company, if it is degrading would he? Surely all this are not degrading whether using TouHu or gromming P Ramlee by Cina. Actually this help to build up the best of P Ramlee, Lotong became nicer with TouHu added etc etc. So DAP should understand all this point and wearing the Sonkong can make the Sultan happy and also all the other happy too and this is the best part of it. We bring out the best of everything, this is the Malaysia we needed. Do not talk on denigrate or degrading. Like the Keris it is sharp on both side.

jamal_trex said...

Its a bird... its a plane.. no it B.A.B.I! hURRAHHHHHHhhh!

Pasquale said...

monsterball no I am not fucking the clock you old DAP coot!

klafterdark said...

Pushing it to a new limit, aren't they?

On one side, we have a group of ungrateful lots whose head got so big (until no songkok can fit) just because they got elected with the help of protest votes.

On the other side, we have the most accomodating race in the world who should've just scream "JUST WEAR THE GODDAMN SONGKOK OR F@@K OFF!!" but no, they tried to reason instead. AGAIN?

Push it further, and sooner or later something will break.

Malaysia-tuan rumah said...

Democratic Man! If u are purely democratic, don't make noise in Malaysia.

Go to Japan & say don't play Samurai or UK and make statement King is Feudal, sure you'll die.

Malay never make public/condemn statment about other culture like naga (eat moon)is kolot or sari is sexy. We respect/appreciate others as a part of Malaysian.

This group try to promote their way of life (hate, kiasu,mabuk) and simultaneously want to wipe out evidence of Malay culture in Nusantara.

Even, we are small & one step back but, at least Malay culture influence 2o0 Mil world pupulation-(more than Japanese).

yesterday once more said...

I agree with klafterdark the the most accomodating race in the world is too accomodating. Who else would work so hard and contribute so much in tax so that someone else sons can have a free ride to space for a holiday and came home as a hero? make you vomit literary.

Pak Sako said...

Mana buktinya pasal DAP tak nak pakai songkok ni?

Janganlah buat cerita tanpa bukti.

Anonymous said...

The talk in the market is hot on the the fact the this arrogant man has received RM5 million payment!!!

So much for doing all the jeopardy, and here he is a millionaire by the lies in his book. And of course with the help of pervert Zaid Ibrahim and the flip-flop.

Anyway, does anyone have any information to say that this RM5 million is for the 5 of them? Otherwise, truth remains the government and every dumbo have been fooled by the sorry-ass.

Phantomiss

Belalai Gajah said...

Wei Pasquale,

Jangan nak drama over over sangat lah.

Gi baca blog Kak Nuraina pasal isu ni. http://nursamad.blogspot.com/2008/06/ok-for-johor-dap-wakil-rakyat-to-wear.html

Laporan Star tak betul dan orang orang macam kau lekas nak berapi api menyahut orang Cina DAP racist la itu la ini la...

Relax la wei ko ni, silap silap tekanan darah tinggi plak