Day 9

Posted On July 30, 2007

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POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT
Melaka marked the zenith of the Malay Sultanate. After its fall, subsidiary kingdoms and provinces became fragmented, each with it own rulers and chiefs, exerting great influence over political, economic and military matters.
During the British rule, the sultans’ powers were removed. They served as symbols of Malay political sovereignty and received only salaries and allowances.
Under the new administration, the British Residents and the Advisors were the important officials in the Federated States and the Unfederated States respectively. The highest officer was the High Commissioner with a Federal Council (formed in 1909) to advise him on new regulations and policies.
After World War II, new political awareness sparked the formation of several political parties among the Chinese, Indians and Malays. They were the UMNO, MCA and MIC representing the interests of their respective communities.
An alliance was formed in 1954 and proved to be a powerful political force. In 1973, it was replaced with a broader coalition — the Barisan Nasional — composed of 14 parties. When drafting the constitution for an independent Malaya, UMNO and MCA leaders agreed in 1956 to a ‘bargain’ whereby MCA conceded Malay special rights in return for more liberal citizenship terms, as well as a free hand for the Chinese in pursuing their economic and commercial interests.
Tunku Abdul Rahman said in 1969, “The Malays have gained for themselves political power. The Chinese and Indians have won for themselves economic power.”
The present system of government in Malaysia closely models the Westminster’s parliamentary system, a legacy of British colonial rule. Malaysian politics has been relatively stable but not without frustrating forces.

PRAY

1. Praise God for
a. His sovereignty over Malaysia throughout the political history.
b. Political stability that provides a peaceful environment for the people.
c. The role of government in His kingdom.
2. The government to fulfil its purpose by providing a trustworthy source of righteous governance and justice to serve the needs of all people irrespective of race and religion.
3. Respected men and women of integrity with wisdom and understanding to be placed in all areas of legislative, executive, judicial and military.
4. Judicial branch
a. Judges to judge without partiality, without fear of man or power or influences.
b. Access to legal remedy for everyone who is caught in any dispute or conflict.
5. As Malaysians, to appropriate our freedom and exercise our given authority to choose (vote for) men and women of character.
6. Salt & light:
a. Christians to recognise our calling to be good citizens and to work for justice so that His name is glorified at all times.
b. Christian professionals and politicians to exercise their calling by supporting the pillar of justice and to have the mind of Christ in the political arena.

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