About Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu
Majlis Raja-raja Melayu concluded their 220th Meeting yesterday. Among other things, the Majlis Raja-Raja expressed their displeasure about the attempt to translate the term TUHAN or GOD, as ALLAH, and renewed their commitments to defend the sanctity of Islam as the Religion of the Federation, while at the same time allow religious freedom to non-Muslims to practise their religions.
The fact that the Raja-Raja Melayu are both POLITICAL and RELIGIOUS heads in their respective states is a clear manifestation that Malaysia is NOT a secular state, as what DAP has been trying to project. Islamic laws have been part and parcel of the courts of Malay Sultans, ever since Islam became THE RELIGION of the Malays in the Tanah Melayu states. So much so, one of the requirements to be a Malay is to be a Muslim.
Even more significant than that, the existence of the INSTITUTION of the Majlis Raja-Raja is the clearest manifestation that Malays were the ORIGINAL PEOPLE AND RULERS of Tanah Melayu states, before it became grouped together during the period of British PROTECTORATE as Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, and later, Malaysia. Hence the term KETUANAN MELAYU.
Despite certain section of Malaysian society feeling UNCOMFORTABLE and even HUMILIATED with the term ‘Ketuanan Melayu’ , the Majlis Raja-Raja is the LIVING HISTORY of Malay Culture and Civilisation which have dominated, and will continue to dominate, this part of the world used to be called the MALAY ARCHIPELAGO.