Monday, 21 January 2008

Perak Prince Has Hit the Nail on the Head

Analysis (The Star)
5 April 2007

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Coming from Penang, I feel a little weird around royalty. We are just not used to them, you see. In fact, there is a family legend on my Mom’s side that illustrates this.


My great granddad was from Penang and he moved to Kedah to take up a teaching post. While working in his garden, a group of men came up on horseback. The ensuing conversation went something like this:


“Hello,” said my ancestor.


“Don’t you know who I am?” asked the lead horseman imperiously.


“Nope.”


“I am your Sultan!”


“Oops.”


Or something like that.


I must confess that great-grandpa’s temporary cluelessness has been passed down to me. So at functions with royalty, I stand when others stand, sit when they sit and generally try to be inconspicuous. I don’t pay much attention to their speeches either because the “beta’s” and “titah’s” confuse me.


Raja Nazrin of Perak’s speech two days ago at a Bar Council do was a bit different though. For one thing, he wasn’t using royal language. For another, he was speaking about a pressing issue in the country, in a manner that was, for a royal address, detailed and pointed.


The topic was about nation building and the first point he made was that at the core of the nation-building process was the need to have a citizenry that actually felt that they were a part of that nation.


I am glad the prince said this because it can’t be stressed enough that this is a major problem in Malaysia as more and more people are feeling disillusioned with the way they perceive themselves to be treated. There is a loss of a sense of belonging and an isolation of spirit that comes from being seen as the other.


It is one thing to have policies that favour one group over all others; it is another thing to make the other groups feel totally left out and uncared for.


When affirmative action becomes oppressive and when respect for one group is not matched with equal respect for another, what we will have is an atmosphere of cynicism and anger. This is not conducive to the well-being of the nation, be it economically, politically or socially.


His Highness (see, I’m learning the proper terms as I write) went on to say that in order to continue to grow as a united country, we must reject extremism and bigotry with dialogue and civil action. Tolerance and forward thinking ought to be the order of the day and inclusive participation as opposed to enforced solutions, the method of overcoming problems.


Underlying all this is a need for the total respect and protection of the Federal Constitution.


This call to look unto the Constitution as the guiding light this nation needs to adhere to is not new or revolutionary, but coming from Raja Nazrin, it takes on a certain resonance.


To the royalists out there, it is a call for the adherence to the law from a ruler. To me, it is an indication that things have reached a point where the direction this country is taking is a matter of concern of such importance that it affects not only the man on the street but also a man who could not be further away from it.


If now is not the time to make sure our country reaches for the ideals of fairness and justice, so that together we can grow as a nation, then I have no idea when is.

3 comments:

Harrison bin Hansome said...

Dear elanor,

I do share the atypical outstanding
speeches, ideologies, and foremost, the courage to speak from Prince Charming as I was following some of the transcripts from the impending Majesty. The father, Sultan Azlan Shah is the most respected of all the royal blood of all States for his beleive in Democracy.
-->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Azlan_Muhibbudin_Shah_ibni_Almarhum_Sultan_Yusuff_Izzudin_Shah_Ghafarullahu-lahu

You probably are aware of his speechees I shifted from a link, whether he was foisted against his will or he merely share the "enthusiasm" of the BN led govenment pretaining to the BERSIH and HINDRAF rallies:-

(Smidgen of extract below)

Very much informed and persuaded by the government’s illiberal stand on citizens’ right to public assembly such as the recent Hindraf and Bersih rallies, the major newspapers, in particular The Star, the New Straits Times and theSun, predictably went to town yesterday with the speech given by the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah, at the opening of the 160th Perak Malay Customs and Islamic Religious Council conference. Raja Nazrin reportedly called on Malaysians, among other things, to “respect the law and enforcement agencies and be civilised and courteous in their approaches and actions” as well as to reject the “foreign culture of violence”

-->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Azlan_Muhibbudin_Shah_ibni_Almarhum_Sultan_Yusuff_Izzudin_Shah_Ghafarullahu-lahu

Now, everyone has thier limits, even the KING, I mean Prince.

*Your new blog is a better approach
in a diversity of issues esp. political rather than your innuendoes esp. in addressing political matters in your other blog. My question is, are you the author of this new blog?

I guess you are truly faithful to me as being the only one here. 8)

aycinthia said...

Dear Harrison,
To answer your question on whether Elanor is the author of this new blog, perhaps you may want to re-read the first post, ie. the Introduction. I quote part of the 2nd last paragraph:
"So I decided to start this blog as a means to archive all of Azmi's Brave New World articles (as well as his other public writings) that I could find."

Harrison bin Hansome said...

aycinthia,

Thanks for the elucidation.

Guess last night I was a bit sleepy in correlating wrong links.
The right one is, entailing the extract below:-
->http://www.aliran.com/content/view/368/22/

(Smidgen of extract below)

Very much informed and persuaded by the government’s illiberal stand on citizens’ right to public assembly such as the recent Hindraf and Bersih rallies, the major newspapers, in particular The Star, the New Straits Times and theSun, predictably went to town yesterday with the speech given by the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah, at the opening of the 160th Perak Malay Customs and Islamic Religious Council conference. Raja Nazrin reportedly called on Malaysians, among other things, to “respect the law and enforcement agencies and be civilised and courteous in their approaches and actions” as well as to reject the “foreign culture of violence”

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The Prince spouted "reject foreign culture of violence" in reference to the "BERSIH" and "HINDRAF" rallies.

FOREIGN CULTURE OF VIOLENCE? FOR GOD"S sake, according to the univernal declaration of Human Rights, freedom of emancipation is guaranteed to every citizens in the world.

Though I have reservations about the legal recourse of undertook by the "HINDRAF" but what happened that very days of the BERSIH and HINDRAF RALLIES were peaceful marches from an accorded designation to another to submit memos and appeals to the Malaysian
King and the other, Her Majesty, Queen elizabeth on certain issues.

Has the Prince in any way yielded to any sorts of eminence grise that a Royal must not be involve in politics or should Raja Nazrin be seen in his silence, vis-a-vis his
inspirational numerous speeches that encourages the seperation of powers that sees the divisions of functions of Government into the legislative, executive and the judiciary as absolute crucial for arriving at a balance between the conferment of authority to government on one hand, and preventing the abuse of power on the other be merited that he tacitly support the rallies?

Let us see what Elanor Tan besides
her economics specialty would overlook any commenteries or deficient in the knowledge that besieged the country's marred judiciary(Malaysian)...(Smiley's not workin'.)