He was very right indeed. Read what Wikipedia has to say about 'Amok'. I won't bother to quote here as it is really embarassing.
Former UMNO leader Mohamad Rahmat was among the first off the starting post when he uttered the dreaded A-word: “Don’t test the Malays, they know ‘amok’”. Melaka delegate Hasnoor Sidang Hussein added more blood to the feast when he bluntly stated that “UMNO is willing to risk lives and bathe in blood in defence of race and religion”. UMNO Youth Exco member Azimi Daim added that “when tension rises, the blood of Malay warriors will run in our veins”. (Prompting the obvious question: What happens when there is no tension? Whose blood is running in their veins then?) But the first prize for grandstanding has to go to Perlis delegate Hashim Suboh who directed his question to UMNO leader Hishamuddin Onn: “Datuk Hisham has unsheathed his keris, waved his keris, kissed his keris. We want to ask Datuk Hisham: when is he going to use it?”[Source]
I deeply and sincerely apologise for being 'so narrow is my thinking and understanding of the cultural heritage of your forefathers'.
Yes. Bow wow. Yelp yelp.
Further must reads:
Farish Noor: ‘Amok’ Season Again: How We Perpetuate The Myths Of Empire
RPK: Umno’s relevance lies in Ketuanan Melayu