Prof Ungku Aziz wrote a very informative book entitled Jejak2 di Pantai Zaman. I have a copy in my possession since 1977. It is a book, I return to reading when I wanted to write on the Malays.Not only we can read Za'aba, we can also read Ungku Aziz.
Why are the Malays like this today? What do we mean ‘like this today’? In terms of income earnings, they are earning the least; in terms of unemployment, Malay youths constitute the largest group. In terms of welfare aid recipients, Malays formed the biggest group. Malay students are most in need of financial assistance to study further. In terms of housing, they represent the biggest group in wanting houses. In terms of controlling the economy, they owned less than 20% of the economy.
The coming of the British beginning from the 18th century, was the light at the end of dark Malay tunnel said Za'aba. They have been pummeled into submission, docility and servility by tyrannical rulers.
Be that as it may, these are commendable achievements that took place when people were given more freedom. As soon as the government thinks it knows best and start functioning on behalf of people and in the name of the people, the achievements slowed down.
He is poor in terms of the prerequisites and conditions precedents that could make him overcome all those lacking and deficiencies. The Malay is still poor in terms of psychological make up. He is still trapped in a mental straitjacket. as a result, the Malay is easily influenced by material and spiritual extortion. UMNO people can go around instilling fear among Malays that if they do not support UMNO, they will lose all material comforts. PAS people can go around warning people if they do not support PAS, they are less Islamic and will be rejected by God.
These preconditions cannot be legislated onto the Malay psyche, they cannot also be grafted by a central command like what UMNO people and PAS people are doing at the moment.
You can imagine what the UMNO people and its agents will do to him today. Zaaba pointed out that the Malays found themselves in a sorry lot as a result of centuries being ruled by tyrannical Malay rulers.
Some of them used religion to attack opponents. They will say that some religious issues cannot be analysed using human logic alone. Is that a suggestion that these people use extra-logic in their analyses of religious issues such as drawing inspiration while in a trance or receiving godlike revelations? Will it solve matters by saying, human logic cannot overcome Al Quran and as-sunnah? What do we do then?
We must reject people who think they are morally superior and more righteous than others. We know people who project themselves as pious and righteous are actually the exact opposites of their projected images.
The listing of FGV, once fully owned by Felda, was done by the Najib government. Those who are still holding FGV shares are incurring losses. the value of the shares has fallen by 60%. The 95,000 felda settlers, who bought FGV shares at RM4.55 unit, were not asked to do that by the opposition parties. Najib and Isa Samad promised them the moon and the heavens. The DAP or any other political parties did not create the NFC fiasco.
He will do anything to stay on as PM and be in power. He is willing to sacrifice the chance to win over state governments as long as he keeps federal government. In Kelantan, he is willing to work together with PAS which in return will help Najib stir up Islamic chauvinism. The UMNO leaders in Kelantan can forfeit the chance to take over Kelantan because Najib wants PAS to help him remain in power.
Leadership and the quality of a country's leader is important. A blessed and prosperous country can be ruined by a bad leader and bad leadership. The unrighteous leader is one who continues his corrupt ways, continue to lie, continue to ransack the treasury and the country's economy.