In 1946, aristocrat, official and MCKK man Datuk Onn Jaafar founded UMNO, the United Malays’ Nationalist Organisation, which would then marshal the Malays’ uprising against the Malayan Union and shepherd it to democratic sovereign nationhood in scarcely a decade.
Onn would be elbowed aside on the way, but other MCKK men stayed firmly involved in the processes leading to Tunku Abdul Rahman’s photo-opportunity of a lifetime in Merdeka Stadium on Saturday, August 31, 1957.
Among them was the second MCKK man (third, if Tunku’s sojourn in MCKK in 1915 counted!) to lead UMNO, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. As UMNO’s third president and the country’s second Prime Minister, it fell to Razak to design and implement a new national contract after the Tunku’s burnt to ashes in the race riots of 1969.
The Pax Malaysiana that since guaranteed Malay survival through shared prosperity with the country’s other communities was sealed on a Malay College man’s watch, and the rest of us are drop-dead proud of that, and in awe of him.