by Professor Syed Hussein Alatas
This paper is a transcription of a lecture delivered by Professor Syed Hussein Alatas on 21 January 1995 at the National University of Singapore.
The concept of “Melayu Baru” or “New Malay” gained prominence at a time when the Singapore Malay society is entering a new phase of development. But what does the concept of the “New Malay” mean?
As explained by the speaker, the most distinguishing aspect of the “New Malay” from the “Old Malay” is the critical spirit which rejects past values that contradicted the system of values inherent in Islam and the Malay culture.
It is a spirit which places a high regard to the importance of reason and moral uprightness.
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