On 5th and 6th August 2017, 500 delegates gathered at Putrajaya Marriot Hotel for a weekend convention at the federal capital. It was by invitation only.
The event was entitled “Memperkukuh Pasak Negara: Ke Arah Wasiat Lebih Tersurat”. In English, “Strengthening National Pillar: Towards A More Tangible Will.”
To the casual observers, the burst of energy could have been a display of Malay nationalistic and Islamic fervour.
But this event is the first of it’s kind in 60 years of independence. Expressing a devoted affection for the Malay Sultanate which was and is the protector of the rakyat (citizens) in the original Tanah Melayu.
I was literally overwhelmed by the grandiose title and the use of rare words. How many proficiently bi-lingual attendees were there really in the audience?
I would never had unlocked the real message and hidden meanings without reading in-between-the-lines. “Menyurat wasiat yang tersirat.” I even had to connect it to actual events for it to make sense.
The ripple of the reverberations will be felt in a nation facing questions on the relevance of the constitutional monarchy. This is especially so in the perceptions of the younger generation in modern Malaysia.
The event started auspiciously when the Federal Territory Mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri read the opening doa (Islamic prayers).
He prayed that Allah would bless the attendees with the right thoughts in order to derive relevant resolutions from the event.
Graciouly officiated by the Deputy King, also the Ruler of Perak Darul Ridzuan, DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.
His Majesty delivered the royal decree as the audience carefully digested every word meaningfully spoken. The speech in Bahasa was a treasure trove of insights of what is really happening in Malaysia.
Active in the discussion panel were the cream of Malay intellectuals, legal experts and thought leaders in their respective fields.
Topics of discussion included the resurgent role of the royal institution and the seven aspirations of the Malay Rulers’ will (7 wasiat Raja-Raja Melayu).
Topics also included were the state of the Ummah (body of believers) and the reemphasis on the separation of powers.
My favourite newspaper columists were also present being Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi and political scientist Dr. Chandra Muzaffar.
Spotted were Perak Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir and Socio-Cultural Adviser to the Government Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim.
Also present to share his ideas was Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Tuanku Muhriz who was the founding president of the Institute for democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).
Kudos to the organisers led by Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr. Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid – who is chairman of the National Dakwah Council.
Equally zealous was Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman; who is chairman of the panel of consultants for ummah unity, of the National Dakwah Council.
Sincere appreciation and pic credit to Bernama, Muhammad Amin Zakaria, Majlis Dakwah Negara, TV1, Mufti WP, NSTP, Rahman Habib and others for the event visuals.
More postings to come.