I saw today in the news a section on Harian Metro, covering a news section about a “creative” young Chinese Malaysian rapping in Chinese of course to the sound of Negaraku, which he aptly titled Negarakuku….i dont know whether this is a chinese pun, but obviously this boy did not do very well in his Bahasa Malaysia SPM.
Out of curiousity, i searched the web and found an english subtitled version of his song, and basically i was shocked.
I know perhaps that the boy was joking, but i think he touched on sensitivities and on aspects of Malay culture that i am sure he does not have full understanding, such as religion, the athan and also why muslim women cover up.
I mean, likening the call to prayer ( the athan) to R & B and a cockerel crowing is just offensive. I dont care how liberal an understanding of islam you may have, but this is just insulting.
He also hinted on how lazy the bumiputras (myself included) are in his song, and how the chinese have had to work hard for a living in Malaysia; how they are being hounded out of the country for studying in chinese schools etc…etc… To be frank i dont care what he says about the government or the police, but to insult half the population of Malaysia in your song is uncalled for.
So he is stereotyping Malays and Bumiputras (org aslis, siam, portugese, kadazan, iban, murut, dusun, org laut etc) as lazy, slow and always being protected by the government, and he expects the Malays just sit down and take it, because, hell its just a joke by a boy, isn’t it.
I feel more and more insulted by this guy as i write this entry.
So, if my 18 year old, university undergraduate friend who stereotyped the chinese as illegal dvd pedalling, prostitute pimping, estacy dealing, illegal nombor ekor selling triad members, then of course i would reject this as i have a chinese friends and they are very much the opposite of the stereotypes.
They are well respected members of the community as well as professionals in their own right.
So this video, by NAMAWEE or real name Wee Meng Chee has come as a shock to many, including myself. I have the feeling that this boy is trying to pry open Malaysia’s very own pandoras box, as Malays, Bumiputra and Muslims do not tolerate insults on their creed and religion very kindly. You can call these people as intolerant conservatives, or stuck in the past, but i would say that they are just proud to be Bumiputra and Muslim.
Boy o boy, Wee Meng Chee you’ve done it this time. The wave of discontent i feel is just rising since this has been given mainstream coverage. I fear the reprecussion of this “funny” video clip is beyond what he or i can imagine.
To judge for yourself the video clip, click on link here .