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!
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!
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!