Malays are caught in a race to embarrass each other, says Sultan Nazrin

Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. (Bernama pic)

MELAKA: Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah says the Malays appear caught in a race to embarrass each other, and are obsessed with the blame game which only reflects poorly on themselves.

He said the nation’s political culture had created a new obsession of a racist nature, and promoted a form of thinking that prioritised loyalty to a group over accepting the importance of the truth, and influencing minds to give more importance to the group than to the survival of Muslims in general.

He added that the Malays appeared increasingly weak as they had lost the spirit of “ukhuwah” or brotherhood. He said they were weak in character and were sinking in the race for materialistic gain and becoming increasingly intoxicated with the competition for power.

“Islam has built a Malay race that is disciplined, trustworthy, honest, noble and sincere. It united the Malays by building a strong brotherhood, so much so that the Malays were united and emerged as a strong race. But today, the Malays seem to be getting weaker,” he said.

He was speaking at the appointment of members of the Melaka Islamic Council and the Melaka Council of Shariah Court Judges and Registrars at Bandar Hilir here today.

Also present were the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka Mohd Khalil Yaakob and Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari.