MALAYS appear to be caught up in a race to embarrass one another, and their obsession with the blame game reflects poorly on themselves, said Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
He said the current political culture has created an obsession that is racist in nature and promotes a mindset where loyalty to a certain group is prioritised over accepting the truth and ensuring the survival of the ummah in general.
He said Malays are becoming increasingly weak because they have lost the spirit of “ukhuwah” (brotherhood), and are too invested in the race for materialistic gains and power.
“Islam built a Malay race that is disciplined, trustworthy, honest, noble and sincere. Islam united Malays by providing a solid brotherhood… but today, Malays seem to be getting weaker,” he said in his speech at the appointment of members of the Malacca Islamic Council (Maim) and state Council of Shariah Judges and Registrars in Bandar Hilir today.
At the event, Sultan Nazrin presented letters of appointment as Maim members to 15 people, led by Adly as chairman, as well as letters of appointment to 21 state shariah judges and registrars.
Referring to writings by Islamic scholar Ibnu Khaldun, the ruler said the collapse of the Islamic civilisation and government in North Africa and Andalusia was due to political rifts and power struggles.
He said Ibnu Khaldun witnessed how the government would do anything to ensure it remained in power, including “using” Islamic scholars.
“The scholars during the glorious era of Islam were honest and sincere. However, some of them, who succumbed to the temptations of material wealth, positions and titles, changed and allowed themselves to be used for the personal interests of certain leaders.”
He said scholars play an important role in ensuring the government is fair and just, based on the customs established during the era of the Malay sultanate.
Sultan Nazrin said his late father, the ninth Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah, when visiting Malacca from July 12 to 14 in 1990, had said there were “black marks” in the history of the Malay sultanate in the state, which should serve as a lesson to all.
He said his late father had reminded the people to maintain their unity because rifts, misunderstandings and power struggles were among the reasons for the collapse of the sultanate in Malacca.
“Sultan Azlan Shah died on May 28, 2014. His words, spoken more than 28 years ago, continue to serve as a reminder, and should be pondered on so that Muslims do not lose what they have and avoid a situation where, win or lose, nobody gains.”