IJSSH 2013 Vol.3(6): 528-531 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2013.V3.297

The Relationship between the Concept of Wasatiyyah and the Values of Budi-Islam in Reinforcing Ethnic Relations in Malaysia

Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin
Abstract—The concept of Wasatiyyah or moderation was proposed by current Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak, with the aims of fostering harmony among the diverse ethnics in the country. Even though some negative perceptions were voiced by a few parties, but the actual intentions could result in a decline of racial strains, as being moderate has been the practice of the Malay community and its leaders for ages. In fact, this approach has contributed to the success of the Malay community in securing independence from the British in an amicable manner, without having to resort to spilling a lot of blood. Based on previous research, it was observed that the concept of Wasatiyyah had a great influence on the Malays, as it had a strong link with the values of budi-Islam that have been embedded in the Malay community. The budi-Islam values are the main elements that shape the Malays’ conduct, and it is the results of interaction with social norms, for it has bred certain social values that include compromise, modesty, respect and cooperation as transpired when Malays interact among themselves or with other communities. The main goal for the Malays is to maintain peace in the society. Hence, when Najib announced the enhancement of the concept of Wasatiyyah in bracing racial ties in Malaysia; the study finds that it is not exactly a new concept, but more towards a reinforcement of a Malay leader’s traditional administration approach when interacting with the community. Based on textual analysis, the study determines that the concept of Wasatiyyah concept or moderation is part of the social values borne out of the Malays’ values of budi-Islam.

Index Terms—Ethnic relations, malay community, the concept of Wasatiyyah, the values of budi-Islam.

Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin is with the National Defence University of Malaysia, Sungai Besi Camp, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (e-mail: hasni_wan02@yahoo.com, hasniah@upnm.edu.my).

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Cite:Wan Norhasniah Wan Husin, "The Relationship between the Concept of Wasatiyyah and the Values of Budi-Islam in Reinforcing Ethnic Relations in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 528-531, 2013.

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