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The Malay Political Association of Ceylon and representations for  a separate Malay seat in the legislature.  The ACMA is in the happy position of having at its helm of affairs, two scions of the Malay stalwarts who fought, like the Romans  of old, for the ashes of their fathers and the temples of their gods   -    the President, SLMA, a grandson of J.A Cuttilan and the  General Secretary who bears the name of his uncle Maas Juragan Majid.   Very few of our Malays of today are aware of the Malay Political Association of Ceylon which figured prominently in striving to  preserve the identity of the Malays   and secure  a separate seat to represent the Malay community in the legislature. We are beholden to our forefathers for their  struggle against an organized campaign to absorb this little community into the so-called ‘Muslim Community’ dominated by the  Ceylon Moors. Had they not stood up and fought the fearful odds arraigned against them, the Malays would have been a  forgotten race today without a language of our own like the Malays of Cape Town, South Africa.  It was in November, 1921 that a mass meeting of Malays was held in the Muslim Fakhira School, Wekande, Slave Island to  submit a Memorial to His Excellency the           Governor to create a seat in the Legislative Council to safeguard their interests  and  that the member be elected on the same footing as  those of the European and Burgher electorates. B.N.Latiff, High Priest,  presided and Messrs Z.H.Mantara and T.Y Amit were elected Secretaries. Accommodated on the platform were Messrs J.A.  Cuttilan, T.A.A.Raheem, A.Chunchie (Kandy), M.Assan, and A. Sappideen. Mr Z.H.Mantara moved the resolution “That the time  and occasion has arrived when the Malays of Ceylon, who belong to the most loyal of His Majesty’s subjects, should be granted a  seat in the Legislature of the Country to protect their interests.” This motion, which was seconded by Mr T.A.A.Raheem, was  unanimously passed at the meeting and this marked the birth of the Malay Political Association of Ceylon.  On 13th January, 1926, a delegation of the association waited on His Excellency Sir Hugh Clifford and presented him with an  address of welcome on his appointment as Governor of Ceylon. The delegation consisted of Mr. J.A.Cuttilan, President, and  Messrs Z.H.Mantara, T.A.A.Raheem, M.S.Akbar, A.K.Hasheem, B.H.Sourjah, and C.H.Mantara. The President, in his address,  mentioned, inter alia, that their literacy rate, both among males and females, was comparatively high, They form a distinct  ethnological group with a history, traditions and social customs of their own, and that their inclusion for political purposes in the  General Mohammedan Electorate was only on grounds of religion, an anomaly which merits attention.  It is on record that at a meeting of the association, Mr T.A.A.Raheem had pointed out that the exclusion of the Malays from the  management of the Maradana Mosque as debated in the Legislative Council convinced them that the feelings of political  representations for religion was a sham, and that the Legislative Council according to law had blundered in this matter.     In November, 1927, the Donoughmore Commission arrived in Ceylon to consider amendments to the legislature and submitted its  report to the British Parliament in June, 1928.The Commission comprised The Earl of Donoughmore (Chairman), Sir Geoffrey  Butler, M.P., Dr T. Drummond Shields, M.P., Sir Matthew Nathan.( p 193, Jaldin: Dr  T.B.Jayah). 
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ESTD. 1922
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