The true hero-warrior

The true hero-warrior

Notes or extracts from Malaysiakini’s letter of AM Keris, “The keris is not a symbol of political ideology”.

 

 

In the true sense of the word,

a warrior is a man/woman_

  • who has a clear and guiding moral code of honour
  • and is someone who serves others in the interests of social justice
  • and who normally stands up unfailingly for the cause of righteous justice,
  • fighting in a noble and measured way when required,
  • and doing so with wisdom and a tenacious quality of strength
  • that somehow is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and odds.

 

Even when their cause appears lost or hopeless,

  • warriors rarely give up their cause,
  • persevering on with admirable courage,
  • even being prepared to lay down their lives
  • or to put it on the line for their cause,
  • which nearly always has something to do with serving and protecting others who are less able to do so from some human cruelty or injustice inflicted on them unjustly by what is termed as man’s inhumanity to man.

 

All true warriors_

  • have this innate noble quality of heroism
  • and that is why they often become inspirational role-models to emulate
  • and iconic heroes of the people.

 

The best example of a Malaysian warrior hero in this genre is, in my view, the legendary Hang Jebat,

  • who was a valiant pahlawan,
  • a warrior of exceptional skill with a keris
  • and in the art of hand-to-hand combat called silat,
  • and who under tragic circumstances, gave up his life for true friendship and loyalty
  • by first defending the honour
  • and then protecting the life of his beloved friend and fellow warrior, the equally legendary Hang Tuah.

 

So the keris (like a samurai’s or knight’s sword or a Jedi’s light sabre) is_

  • a reflective symbol of the noble warrior’s benchmark moral code of honour,
  • principled conduct and disciplined way of life
  • which enshrines highly revered human values and principles
  • which amongst others include the values of selfless service to others,
  • the seeking of life-long learning, knowledge and wisdom,
  • and the pursuit of excellence in all things attempted.

 

Ever heard of the law of physics which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction?

Well from my vantage point, I see that law as a scientific ratification of the universal principle of natural law which states that in the final analysis at that proverbial end, one always reaps what one sows, no matter what.

 

And to quote some wise words from the famous Hang Jebat:

  • ‘Raja adil raja disembah;
  • raja zalim raja disanggah’

which literally means_

  • ‘A fair and just king/government is a king/ government to obey;
  • a cruel and unjust king/government is a king/government to fight against’.

 

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