Thursday, August 09, 2007

NegaraKu - A Rap By A Guy Called Wee Meng Chee.

His dad said his son is as patriotic as a Malaysian should be. After all, he brought a Jalur Gemilang with him to Ming Chuan University, Taiwan. That has gotta be the flag he used in the video where he raps the Negara Ku in Chinese talking about the Malays, Islam and the government. I heard over the radio they may revoke his citizenship. He said the video is a gift to Malaysia in conjunction with the nation's 50th Merdeka.
He must have figured this would get him into trouble. Maybe he discounted the fact that it would get this big with the government and the politicians talking about it. He figured he could handle nasty comments coming in mostly from the Malays. It's a small price to pay since he is a hero of sorts among the Malaysian Chinese.
Thank you, Wee Meng Chee. You taught us something about trust. It's a big thing, mate.


Anonymous E said...

takut la hidup zaman sekarang. what is gonna happen to us all?

5:02 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

I saw that clip on You Tube 2 nights ago. I was upset with its content.

But I think I can understand why MC Wee did what he did. He is making a frustrated statement in the clip. At least for him( his perception), the country is in shambles bcoz of the Malays and the Muslims. He thinks Malaysia is unfair to him and the Chinese bcoz of the Malays and Muslims. Maybe he had to go to Taiwan for studies bcoz his applications to local U was rejected despite having good results. He he'd seen some well connected son of a Malay bigshot was accepted despite ' cukup-cukup makan results'.

I still remember some non-Malay non-Muslim friends in MU did have the same resentment. They complained that some of their friends had to go to India for Medical course.

Someone didn't mentioned there was a 'social contract' before Merdeka that the non-Malays will be given citizenship but they must not question if the Malays were given scholarships. I do not know how true this is, but if its really there, apparently our non-Malay brothers are upset with it since they are automatically Malaysians unlike their forefathers.

What MC Wee did is something unacceptable. But he must have a strong reason for doing it. Maybe the pihak berkuasa should find out why and work to rectify it. I'm sure there are many more like MC Wee, but they know they shouldn't degrade the Negara ku in public.

5:41 PM  
Blogger zewt said...

all i have to say... HE... HAS ... GOTS... GUTS!

9:09 PM  
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10:14 PM  
Blogger demonsinme said...

Master Bergen:

Wee Meng Chee is a sad disoriented kid no question about that.

But what saddened me most is that I came to know about this insensitive video some two or three weeks ago.

As a journalist, an inexperience and young one, the fisrt thing I did is tell my immediate superior - a bumhead ANE about it.

The reply I got?

"Kita tak pakai citer macam ni, kita sotkaba ringan (150000 daily readership kinda ringan and read by mostly the young ones). Berat sangat ni..."

Long story short, I was not allowed to a story on it. Shortening the story even more, when METRO published it, I got one helluva smack.

Making me ponder on the question, who is the insensitive bugger Namewee, People With Power in the media or The People in Power at MCMC who should (by right known) about it earlier?

Then I remember the Beyonce fell down case that happened recently, and my mind start to think if an artist, a singer could pressure YouTube to pull down the video down, why up untill this very moment a government can do the same?

Are they that weak?

P/S - As what I wrote is quit sensitive (I think) please read it carefully and edit it as you may or even delete it if you wish.

I do not wish no trouble for you Melord.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Nak Tak Nak said...

What I can say is that he sang quite well. Sometimes people do things because they are very frustrated. I don't condone what he did but I do feel that everyone should be given a chance to explain their actions.

A person may have shot someone but it could be in self-defense so could it be in this boy's case. Give him a listen first.
A dog cornered would bite, people turned to terrorism because they have had enough.

Anyway, he could have chosen another song.

10:54 PM  
Anonymous kamal said...

(zewt said)
"all i have to say... HE... HAS ... GOTS... GUTS!"

and all i have to say...HIS...ASS...ON...FIRE!

12:50 AM  
Blogger The Ancient Mariner said...

For whatever reasons, making fun of yr country's national anthem in a foreign country and putting it on Youtube is not about guts, just plain stupidity.

Go and sing at dataran Merdeka in front of 1000 mat rempits if you got balls ..

9:42 PM  
Blogger Leen Ash Burn said...

Whilst I could understand his frustration, I think it's wee horrid of him to be making fun of Azans etc.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Sayuti said...

surprisingly sir, i have nothing to say against him. i've watched the video and read the translation of the lyrics and i don't feel offended by it.

somebody may say he is making fun on the azan, but is it wise to scold someone for something he doesn't understand?

3:11 PM  
Anonymous kamal said...

sayuti said;

"somebody may say he is making fun on the azan, but is it wise to scold someone for something he doesn't understand?"

well, of course. kalau die tak faham, then dont make fun of it. rite?

5:54 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

E: There's nothing to be afraid of, sir. Just do your thing and things should be all right. Cheers!

Tokasid: I'm not sure whether I am upset or angry at the way this guy handles Negara Ku and the visuals he put together in that video. All I know is there are a lot of angry guys out there who won't think twice about reacting to his video the way the Malays reacted to a group of non-Malays going about town in the open truck chanting 'Melayu balik kampong.' No, don't tell me this is irrational, or barbaric or uncivilised. When anger takes over, you throw rational out the window. It's a highly inflammable situation.

Zewt: We all have it, sir. We've got guts but we also have wisdom. I don't think it is wise to be brave when you can start a racial riot. But then again, keep pushing the limit and this is gonna blow that will make everyone regret. Guts? I don't think so. He has opened up old wounds. The kinda wound that make you shake the hand of a guy while holding a kerambit at the back of the other hand.

DIM: The newspaper is a business entity. I believe the editor could have made increased the circulation had he blow the story up. But then again, he's got wisdom.

Cikgu: He sings good, but it's not the singing that got the Malays excited.

Kamal: I watched the news today. The guy has offered his apology according to a minister. I don't think this is gonna wash it. He doesn't know what he has started.

Captain Yusof: Yes, sir. I don't people do that in the U.S or England where you can be quite vocal and free to do want you want in the name of creativity. This here ain't no creativity. It's something deep inside him.

LAB: What can I say.

Sayuti: Does it mean I can make fun of the Ghost Festival because I don't understand it and if this gets the Chinese angry I can always say I don't understand the significance of the festival? Don't you think it is my job to understand it since I live in a multi-racial country and I should, at least, know something about it?

Kamal: I don't understand why the Hindus poke themselves with iron during Thaipusam. Does this mean I can make fun of it? I don't it's right because it's the thing the Hindu do according to their religion and I don't think it's right to be making fun of people's religion.

To those who dropped by for a visit, thank you for coming. You be sure to have a nice day now, y'hear? And be careful out there.

1:57 AM  
Blogger Monster Mom said...

I read the lyrics.. and am not offended by it! It's all true. About the azan - he just wants to tell us that azan for him is just like an alarm clock... to wake him up for work/school. What's wrong with that? and it is true that sometimes the bilal's azan is sumbang.. so what? he's not a muslim but atleast he appreciates it unlike other muslim... which ... practice rasuah n all...
that's the ppl whose nationality shd be revoked!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Sayuti said...

sir, i agree that he should at least know something about it and i also agree with encik kamal that he shouldn't be making fun of something he don't understand.

my question was meant for us... not for him. let me put it this way; is it wise for us to scold him and make a big fuss about it while he actually addressing the issue of the chinese people?

isn't that similar to what the chinese community did after hishamuddin did the kris waving stunt in umno assembly?

isn't that what the jews did when tun mahathir criticize them while addressing the muslims in the oic conference a few years back?

no offend to anyone but i'm just looking at a different point of view here. is it wise for us to do what we did?

btw, i share the same view with monster mom above.

3:13 AM  
Anonymous HangJebat! said...

Zewt said, : "He has got guts"
Tokasid said.."dia budak frust so okey la"
Naktaknak nampak bersimpati ...

here is what i want to say...
"He is a dead piece of meat if ever he returns"


10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a Malaysian chinese be frustrated about being racially outcast to another country for education despite having higher GPA scores than his Malay "brother"? Its his own fault for being too smart in uncompetative malaysia!

"Its fair... all Malaysian chinese shouldn't get to go to Malaysian Universities.. and if they don't like it they can go back to China."

"As a malay, I have rights. I am a bumiputra, a sons of the soil and deserve more than those chinese or indians"

The attitudes above are very typically Malay. They are twisted and unjust. Malaysian is experiencing a brain drain. Those "Chinese" students who are "high achievers" yet do not get the chance to attend local universities, end up in Caltech, MIT etc. These Unis judge on merrit not on race and hence breed the elite.
Malaysians are too busy trying to enforce their local race rights instead of promoting what really matters... and that is rewarding the high achievers instead of punishing them. I don't blame Wee. His parents have to fork out thounsands of Ringgit to give him and education!!! it really hurts him and his parents pocket you know.. and to be outcast as a Malaysian... he isn't he is chinese... he has less rights!!!! get it?

5:59 PM  

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