Thursday, May 06, 2010
Has Zaid Ibrahim gone overboard with his comments!?
It was reported in a Malay tabloid quoting Zaid Ibrahim saying a call by the Sultan of Selangor not to use mosques as places for politicking was not a royal decree but a personal view of a ruler of the state.
The front page of the paper gave a big headline in Malay that says "Bukan Zaman Feudal", or loosely translated "we are not living in dark ages anymore", and to me he is saying feudalism and rulers are passe and that the rulers have to channel their "decree" through a state highest religious body.
He may be right or he may be wrong but the tone of this recently defeated opposition candidate for Hulu Selangor smacks disrespect for any Malay ruler. As a Malay I am all for the system of the institutional monarchy and when I am in front of my ruler I will always put both of my hands on my forehead, a sign of respect! (Mind you I have been around the world, and have seen many rulers dethroned, but our government of a constitutional monarchy is unique, I don't want it any other way!)
It appears as though the members of the opposition, Zaid included, are set to belittle or ridicule the monarchy system of the country. We do remember when a former mentri besar of Perak who said "saya rela menderhaka terhadap sultan", or loosely translated "I am ever willing to betray the king".
And I do remember a certain leader of the opposition, who is on trial now, who refused to bow in shows of respect to the Sultan of Perak.
Ah! Well! We do know that these few disgruntled nouveau riche, new money people like Zaid Ibrahim and his esteemed leader, BABI, who will forever be trapped in the age-old adage that says: "Money alone cannot guarantee you join the club" my friend! You need good breeding to be in one (a club that is).
So Zaid you go ahead wishing and hoping this country will one day be a republic and then you will wake up one day to find you are being ruled by the chauvinist Chinese-based DAP, and like Penang and Singapore once in power the Malays, and their leaders, were slowly marginalised and shoved aside!
Think about it!
Posted by Pasquale at 6:11 PM