The Hidden Vices of the Malays

(I’ve been away for so long but finally I’m able to write a new article for all of you. I’ve been very busy lately and I apologize for the inactivity. I might not be able to write as often as before, but I can only promise that I’ll try my best to keep it up. Thank you, Taf.)

”Lazy” is the first word that comes to mind when Malaysians talk about Malay people. Malay people agree too, including me. If we try to reflect, the most productive people in Malaysia aren’t the Malays but the ones from another region, the Chinese, since their domination in the business industry. Even jobs are given to foreigners, such as those of the Bangladeshis and the Indonesians. The answer to this bewilderment is simple, Malay people are lazy. Or is it?

Today, we’ll be discussing about the Malays now and back then. This discussion is deliberated to show that the Malays are straying from their purpose and that they are wandering in a dark and phony place, not conscious of what they’re doing. Such ignorance and ingratitude are clotted in their hearts and mind. Some results of my observation actually implies to some races around the world as well.

Appreciation is  a very obvious thing that the Malays lack. It’s as if there’s no legacy that has been passed onto them. They need to realize that their lives wouldn’t be easy and peaceful if it wasn’t for the people who struggled for the independence of Malaya. It’s not by learning history we are appreciating the men before us, but by continuing history. Malaya gained its independence from the British in 1957. That’s one of the heights of Malay achievements, but then we stopped. What happened? What’s the next generations’ struggle? Are they in a full stop? Not wanting to achieve more? If the previous generation struggle, then we struggle too.  Ke bukit sama didaki, ke lurah sama dituruni. The hill we climb together, the valley we descend together. The previous generation struggled not only so that we can live in peace but also we can continue their achievements and improve them. If this is false, why should the ancestors struggle?

I remembered watching a movie with the whole class when I was in the fourth year of secondary school. We were watching ‘Leftenan[t] Adnan’ which tells us about Leftenant Adnan, a Malay soldier in the British army, struggling during the Japanese invasion of Malaya, which that time was under British administration. It was a drama, but some of my classmates view it as a comedy. At the climax when the British were losing in Singapore, Leftenant Adnan picked up a rifle and stabbed a few Japanese soldiers with his bayonet and finally was forced to surrender. A classmate was begging that he would die faster, some laughed, and some chatted about something else.

The point here is that: don’t they have any sympathy (I don’t mean pity) for Adnan? The scene could be a dramatization but what’s more significant was his spirit and sacrifications. People view history as a laughing stock. Some ridicule the great deeds of a man. I wonder how good it would be for their own children to laugh at them.

Malay teenagers, from the rich and urban families, are spoiled brats. Their daily routines are just going online and lazing around. Pop culture has poisoned their minds to imitate their actions and words. I hate to talk about this, but I must. The use of profanity by them are constant. They use the ‘f’ word whenever they want to.  What happened to the etiquette cultures of the Malays where they always mind their language, and actions? The teenagers love to dwell on their phones and computers on their free times. Their parents should teach them to be productive, not make them go back to their childhood days where they just play. They are adults and should be aware that life isn’t always about fun. They have a lot of time to be invested for their future.

Malay people have a unique culture of their own but these days almost everything is copied from the West. Clothing, food, accessories, and even mindset! All of them are copied. How poor is that? Remember the prestigious times of the Malay Malacca Sultanate? Why can’t Malay people even try to revive those times where we can have a culture and politics of our own? They say Malaya achieved its independence 59 years ago. I say we, the Malays, are still colonized – by the West’s culture and mindset.

Malay culture is almost gone now. The youths are more interested to other people’s achievement (culture) than their own. The baju melayu and baju kurung  are only worn on weddings and religious functions. Only language is left but rotten by the service of text messages.

The individualistic and /or tribalistic lifestyles of Malay people are found very common among urban families too. This means they don’t care much of the people around them. The word ‘society’ is as if doesn’t exist anymore. Pretty much, they only care about their child’s academic performance and to get jobs that will pay good, but don’t really emphasize on jobs that will help people and that are constructive for everyone.

In school, children are taught to think about their ambitions. This kind of ideology is unacceptable. When they are asked about their ambitions the children will answer their dream profession. Ironic, huh? Maybe you haven’t seen it yet. There’s a difference between an ambition and a dream profession. An ambition is any kind of dream, like being rich, happy, etc. On the other hand, a dream profession is the profession that you desire. Now, teachers are infecting the minds of the young that their lifelong goal is to achieve their dream profession. Isn’t that dumb? Wait, something’s fishy. What the teachers are doing sounded like the goals of the Illuminati! What is going on?

The problem here is that when your dream profession is your ambition, it creates this stinky mentality where you only care about yourself and nobody else because your lifelong goal is to get the job you ever desired. This could be the desire to get rich and very rarely the desire is to leave a mark on civilization. When it comes to ambition, the youngsters should be educated and carved so that their ambitions are to help others and contribute to the country, not to be selfish for money.

The opposite is happening in Malaysia. Malay people find jobs for money and to earn respect. They shouldn’t adapt to civilization, but be the civilization. Make the change they dream of. Yet, they complain about the inefficient administration of the government when they themselves can be the government. Furthermore, they complain about foreign workers  imported into their country. Well, who’s going to clean the toilets and work under the hot sun if the Malay people won’t do it? 90% of McDonald’s employees are Malays. They rather work for foreign economies than their own economy.

Even politics in Malaysia is a pain in the back. It’s so corrupted that the politicians are like monkeys in the parliament. Politics is just a competition for power and designated for run-on-the-wheel hamsters.

The whole reason for this is ignorance. Malay people are just letting life be what it is. Their ego in themselves are too little, which is bad because of just letting go of everything. Laziness to think and very selfish individualistic lifestyles accompanied by blind following of tradition leads them to their own failure. The desire to achieve success is not in their selves. No reputation to fight for except individual reputation. Lack of appreciation and too much influenced by pop culture.

This is not how I want the Malays to be.  Neither does anyone, for their own descendants. Malays, and actually everybody around the globe must remind themselves of their purpose – to build a great civilization for the good of everyone.

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