Renegade filmmaker, writer and columnist Hishamuddin Rais says the last 53 years of Independence have led to the 'bonsification' of the Malay mind.
Amir pointed out that the culture of feudalism is still prominent among Malays, making it difficult for them to pose difficult questions to their so-called leaders. The unwavering support for the sultans of pre-independence, he said, had transferred to hero-worship of politicians after the nation declared independence from the British. "Even after Merdeka, it is unfortunate that the practice has continued. Just look at the BN rhetoric... it is to teach people to be thankful," he said.
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