An honest response to two comments made in my previous post.
To chinese educated & TheDude:
have you even read the translation of his lyrics?? He repeatedly saying he LOVE HIS COUNTRY (i believe you’re english-ed so shame on you) …
I know the lyrics very well, so you are making false accusations on my claim.
he made Msians realized just how important freedom of speech is when it’s taken away …
While it’s not the most intelligent of songs, you can’t deny the truth carried in the lyrics …
I do not deny that he is brave to point out all of Malaysia’s flaws. I do not deny that he is courageous to channel a wake-up call to citizens of Malaysia. Most important of all, I do not deny SOME parts of the truth in which he has so artistically announced in his song.
STILL, I think it is unnecessary to incorporate the national anthem in his rap. Having said that, it is not because rap has a negative connotation. In my humble opinion, a national anthem is an anthem. If one cannot sing it with patriotism, then he/she can just opt not to sing it.
But at the very least, do respect it. Respect does not require patriotism in your heart. It’s just like holding respect for your elders or other religions. Do you need another shower of emotion to respect them? Or is it because they hold an insurmountable value in life?
Our national anthem is a joke by itself. It’s not even an original tune.
It is true that the current national anthem is not the original tune. The 1957 national anthem was the original Negaraku. It was switched to a marching rhythm in 1992. However, national anthems are not Hollywood Pop/Rap/R&B songs. Even though it was not 1957 original, “Negaraku” has been in the hearts of Malaysians from all walks of life for so long; even though I dreaded the long mornings at school where we have to listen to teacher’s speeches, and sing the national anthem every Monday … I still stood respectfully to it. I may not sing it all the time, but I respect it. That is the honest bearings of youth. We are rebellious, and we stand up for what’s right. But few hold true to the importance of life virtues. Few can apply it in life when we are facing all sorts of idiocracy from the government, the world, and the universe.
National symbols such as flags, anthems, and monuments, are to be treasured and respected. Most Malaysians may not have that same sense of patriotism in their hearts, and that’s just too bad as we can never pass on our national heritage this way. Hence, I just think that this rap came along to exacerbate the situation.
Patriotism in Malaysian hearts barely exist anymore even among the bumis themselves.
What supporting truth do you have behind this statement? Did you interview every single bumi in this country and work up the statistics?
I believe Name Wee is trying to right the wrongs the right way, by starting with public awareness.
Perhaps, he is. He may or may not have done a good job. Again, IMHO … it won’t last long. We Malaysian Youths are so easily excited by new things. Yes, we are tired of some aspects in M’sia. Then again, a lot of us don’t realize how powerful the media and marketing world is.
My stand remains that Namewee is disrespectful towards his own country’s national heritage. It is not even a revolutionary idea. It does not carry significance. All that was done: a shrill alarm that wakes us up for only for 8 seconds, and a stamp profiling M’sia as the laughing stock of the world.