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The Malay Political Association made representations before the Commission  for a separate seat for Malays whilst the Ceylon  Muslim Association deputation comprising, inter alia, the Hon’ble Abdul Cader and Hon’ble Dr T.B.Jayah, urged for Muslim  representation.  On 11th  December, 1927, a mass meeting of Malays of Ceylon was held at the Public Hall presided over by Mr M.K.Saldin,  President, ACMA. There were as many as 460 odd signatories as conveners. (These did not include public servants who at that  time did not enjoy political rights.!) The resolutions passed at this meeting read as follows:-  1. “That the Malays of Ceylon assembled in this Public Meeting do resolve that it is essential to the welfare of the Malays  that their interests should be represented in the Ceylon Legislative Council by a Special Representative of their own as in  the case of other minority Communities in the Island such as Europeans, Burghers and Tamils.  “ That this Meeting do confirm the resolution passed at the Mass Meeting of the Malays of Ceylon , held in November, 1921, at  the Wekande Mosque School to the effect that there must be a separate Malay Seat in the Legislative   1. Council and that they should not be included in the Muslim Seat along with the Moors, and further approve all the actions  of the Malay Political Association since 1921 _ in that this Association has carried out the Mandate of the said Mass  Meeting of 1921.”              On 21st December, 1927, a deputation of the Kandyan Malay Club and the Malay Association led by Mr. Maas Juragan Majid,  appeared before the Commission to point out the misrepresentations made by Mr. Abdul Cader of the Ceylon Muslim Assoc  delegation which jeopardized the cause of the Malays, viz.,  1) The Malays numbered 15,000 whereas the Moors numbered 231,000., making it  impossible for a Malay  candidate to  have any chance whatever in the Muslim Electorate;       2)  They were an advanced community unlike the Moors;        3)    Their interests and customs differ, even in the matter of eating;        4)    They have a head-dress of their own, unlike the Moors;        5)   That there was no Malay Interpreter in Courts showed the high standard of        ;             their culture and education;           6)    They had their own mosques, cemeteries and a language of their own;   7) Their demands are the same as those put forward by the Malay Political                     Association;   8) In the event of their not getting a special seat, they would not participate in the Muslim Electorate;  9) It was a falsehood that there was only a handful of Malays in the Malay   Political Association; 10) The Moors and Malays had only one thing in common and that was their  faith. But for that, they could not forget their race.    At the 8th Annual General Meeting of the ACMA held in 1930, at which Mr M.K.Saldin presided, a new rule was introduced,  creating two categories of members – Malays as full members enjoying rights to hold office and non-Malays as associate  members. Despite the Hon’ble Dr T.B.Jayah speaking against this motion at length,  nothing deterred the dauntless young proposer (Maas J. Majid ) and his line of   f ollowers and  the rule was passed. In protest, the Hon’ble Dr T.B.Jayah severed all connections with the Association and left the 
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  SRI LANKA MALAY ASSOCIATION
PERSATUAN MELAYU SRI LANKA
ESTD. 1922
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