For Malaysia, whilst that (freedom) may be the popular belief of the push for independence, there was/is a bigger concern that fuelled the subconcious state of mind of the Malays. It is the existence of the Malays or the diminishing of such existence that hold strong pursuasive psychological need to preserve.
Dato' Onn Jaafar welded the Malays under a single cohesive banner and succeeded in bringing an end to the Malayan Union. He and other patriotic political comrades managed to unite the Malays for the first time against one foe, to protect the sovereignty of the Malay Rulers. They were fighting to survive as Malays and to exist as Malays.
- The Malayan Union that was born on 1 April 1946 had properties that could have diminished the existence of the Malay Rulers and in turn, diminished the position of the Malays. The proposal was planned to remove the Malay Rulers' sovereignty and transfer it to the British Crown.
- The Malayan Union proposed to merge all Malay states into a unitary state that offered equal citizenship to both Malays and non-Malays.
- The plan of the Malayan Union involved the non-Malay leaders lobbying the British Government in London. Informal negotiations between Tun Tan Cheng Lock, the founder of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA), had taken place during the war.
- The plan of the Malayan Union was perceived as a form of a British punishment for the Malays, who were accused of collaborating with the Japanese after the British surrender in 1942.
- At the time when the push by non-Malays for the Malayan Union was intense, the Malays were still feeling the after effects of the ruthless Communist Three-Star (Bintang Tiga) Chinese guerillas who ruled the nation for 14 days. As much as generalising the Bintang Tiga as Chinese dominant is unfair, it was/is the unescapable perception in the minds of the Malays - just like how Nazi is associated with the Germans.
- Dato' Onn Jaafar welded the Malays under a single cohesive banner and succeeded in bringing an end to the Malayan Union. He and other patriotic political comrades managed to unite the Malays for the first time against one foe, to protect the sovereignty of the Malay Rulers. They were fighting to survive as Malays and to exist as Malays.
- Many confrontations and Malay movements errupted. In December 1945 10,000 Malays from Kota Bharu confronted Sir Harold McMichaels. On 3 January 1946 the Peninsula Malay Movement of Johor united 100,000 Malays in Batu Pahat. In February 1946 the first rally was held in Batu Pahat attracting over 15,000 Malays. At that time such rallies were unheard of in Malaya.
- At the historic gathering of the first Pan-Malayan Malay Congress on 1 March 1946 at the Sultan Sulaiman Club, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, a resolution was unanimously resolved: first to oppose the Malayan Union and second, to form the Pertubuhan Kebangsaan Melayu Bersatu (Pekembar) that would later become UMNO.
- On the morning of 1 April 1946 when the ceremony for Malayan Union was intended, Dato' Onn ensured the gatherings of thousands of Malays, male and female, in the grounds of the Station Hotel Kuala Lumpur to appeal to the Sultans not to attend the ceremony. From the balcony the Sultans could see thousands of Malays with a white cloth over their songkok, shouting loyal slogans "Long live the Kings - Daulat Tuanku!" The Sultans did not attend the ceremony. This was indeed a big blow to the British Government.
- The British Government agreed to the formation of the Federation of Malaya on 1 February 1948. The feudal Rulers were to be maintained, which bolstered the Malays and their hundreds of years of traditions, and more difficult requirement for citizenship.
A land with the majority of its population being Malays and a land with hundreds of years of Malay rule under the first established governments of the Sultans (or even the early Hindu Malay governments) would still be under colonialisation if the powers of politic transfers from the British to the non-Malays.
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