Series 4: Towards Malay Civilization Day
Series 4: Towards Malay Civilization Day

Series 4: Towards Malay Civilization Day

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1. HARI this June 23 will be broadcast to the public the screening of the film Mat Kilau. I hope the Muslim community’s acceptance of this film is good so that the production of films that evoke the spirit of Islamic heroism will grow. Public acceptance is important because it will inject film producers and industry players to shift from ‘ordinary’ film themes to a theme that affects the spirit of the nation’s struggle identity.

2. One angle that I am very grateful for this Mat Kilau film is because it succeeds in highlighting the struggle of the Malay Muslims against the British. Usually we always hear or watch the story of the Malay struggle against the communists or Japan. The time against the communists was the Malays with the British. Even during the Japanese opposition, the Malays were described as wanting British help.

3. Our country once sat in a polemic whether the British were colonial or how? Even some scholars cannot summarize it thoroughly. In a documentary that was screened at the beginning of independence, the return of the British to their homeland was described as ‘the time to study is over’; it is time for the Malays to learn from the British and now it is time for the British as ‘teachers’ to return to their country. Hmmmm.

4. The Sarawak state government once invited the descendants of Charles Brooke as guests of honor in a ceremony. I’m not sure how the great-grandchildren of former fighters who died at the hands of the British felt when they saw all that.

5. Have we forgotten the Naning war series in which Dol Said waged war against the British after the Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1824? The war took place between 1831-1832.

Have we forgotten the Pangkor Agreement of 1874 which was later manipulated by the British to collect ridiculous taxes on the Malays? From there the Sultan became angry and conspired with the Malay dignitaries in Durian Sebatang to kill Birch. Birch’s death was followed by a war between the Perak and the British and led to the death of Datuk Maharaja Lela and his friends hanging from a tree in Taiping.

Let us forget that in Negeri Sembilan there was a revolt by Yamtuan Tunku Antah in Paroi in 1875. In Selangor the revolt of Raja Mahadi was also in 1875.

Mat Kilau’s film reminds us of the rebellion of Datok Bahaman, Tok Gajah, Mat Kilau in Pahang.

Have we forgotten the role of Syed Abdul Rahman Idrus or Tok Ku Paloh in 1889? Have we forgotten the struggle of Hj Abd Rahman Limbong to defend the lands of the Malays who were finally exiled to Mecca in 1928 and died in Mecca in 1929?

Have we forgotten that in Sarawak there was a revolt of Syarif Mashur against the occupation of Brooke in 1841? He was exiled to Betawi in 1861.

Forget that in Sabah there was a revolt by Mat Salleh in 1897 and he was martyred on 31 January 1900.

Have we forgotten that in the early 20th century we witnessed the story of Tok Janggut’s struggle in Kelantan which ended with his death on a gallows and his lifeless body being paraded here and there as a British warning to the Muslim Malays?

If we forget all that, Mat Kilau’s film manages to remind him again.

6. I did not get any remuneration from this writing from film producer Mat Kilau. But this writing is driven by the desire to see the Malay Muslims return to their original identity as true religious fighters. Know yourself, know the enemy. Fulfill the responsibilities and trust that God has imposed as long as life is in the body.

President of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA)
Teacher Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni

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Series 1: Towards Malay Civilization Day

Series 2: Towards Malay Civilization Day

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