Here's my take on the post:
"We should really look at P Ramlee movies from its historical context. It was a time where women very much had a traditional role, and it was portrayed as such. What needs to be analysed is not how women were portrayed then in the context of society today, rather in the context of his time.
Women had a predominant role in his stories. Check out 'Musang Berjanggut' - where P Ramlee as a prince set out far and wide to search for an appropriate and worthy wife, and settles on a brilliant and cunning woman, who was able to subdue a testosterone-driven cabinet. Even the negative roles such as the mother in 'Ibu Mertuaku' was a strong character - a matriarch who was rich, able to command authority within her family, albeit in a negative way.
I would say that Johan Jaafar has not done his homework. Artists like P Ramlee created his art as a reflection of society then, interspersed with his own take on where the society should go. Given the focus of society then, perhaps the aspirations of Malays then were not material wealth, rather a harmonious society. Who are we to say that this intention did not 'contribute much towards building a strong race which had self-confidence and integrity'?"
It is interesting to note that all his movies had strong anti-colonialist sentiments. Note that the rich and powerful then were often portrayed as British-accented locals who dressed and lived in that manner. There was a strong message to be proud of how you are, in the dialogues and the songs that celebrated diversity of local culture.