namewee (明志) recently posted a song he created based on the Malaysian national anthem on the internet and recieved great criticism from the Malaysian media. While doing the research on the negarakuku song, I found that the national anthem could be based on the tune of Mamula moon.

The Malaysian media claims that he has insulted nation, race, religion and might have even broken some Malaysian laws. His response on his blog was an apologetic one trying to get people to understand that his song was not created to insult the nation. Read it by clicking here.

I don't think people should be insulted by his form of statement of fact. Among the issues brought up are the traffic policeman who are corrupt, government workers who are lazy, Azan singers who go out of tune, Malays who abuse government support & systems where a single race is favoured more than others.
These people should not feel insulted. They should admit to what they are doing and seek to improve themselves. I dont like police who ask for bribes, government workers who make people wait unnecessarily, Malays who abuse the benefits they receieve from the government & people who do things unfairly. And neither should anyone else. These people will have to improve one day, why not make it today?

We have to put these issues into prespective as well. Not all policemen are looking for bribes and I know that the government under Badawi is working hard and having a good level of success in crubing this form of corruption. Also, not all government workers are slow and uncaring towards the waiting public. However, there is much to be improved here. Furthermore, Azan singers rarely go out of tune. There is great training & screening before someone is allowed to sing for the public. Furthermore, the singers I have heard so far have not. I also know of Malays, Chinese & Indians who are able very passionately patriotic and willing to pay back the benefits they recieved and serve the country. I can also understand the governments tendancy to give more support to the Malays because of their lower income & higher population. Hopefully, once the race matures & becomes prosperous, the government will support other communities.

This is probrably the publicity he has been looking for since he started writing songs!
The attention from politicians may also be due to the new elections coming up!
Your song is truly like a durian, it can be very smelly and also very fragrant at the same time.
Awesome work of art!

Check it out the video & tell me what you think.


  1. It's true that he didnt insult any of the races or religions and the media are just being stereotype over this matter. Poor namewee..

  2. he has apologize to the government and public already. Today's HEADLINE!! From this case, we can see that 'Some' Malaysian are over conservative and damn sensitive!like an ostrich, never face what's the fact! everyting just like to swept under the red carper. beware JK, do not write something sensitive, or you'll get some gifts from our beloved government.eventhough you're in NZ!

  3. I'm more worry about you Colby...

  4. hahaha...
    this is an interesting case in man's fight for...

  5. we dont need a civil war! it feeds the rich while it burries the poor!!!!look at the young man fighting!! look at the bloods we're bleeding!! look at the woman crying!!! please give PEACE a CHANCE!

  6. wow.. he took down the video from his blog, and i think he did urge ppl not to post this video on the web any longer ler.. haha.. and u put it on ur blog.. huhu.. oh well.

    i'm quite amused by his whole video. indeed, there were some facts in it and all. shall not comment on it. let's just say that most of the issues are quite common and well-known, but much ado abt nothing somehow??? what has be done to remedy or improve certain of those mentioned issues?

    i was even more amused at the comments written about the video in YouTube. what an eye-opener to read those comments! so 'refreshing' indeed...

  7. If we are unable to face these issues or have these issues transparently displayed...
    How will we be able to fully deal with it?

    Our center/grounding/strength/pride should not be moved by something such as criticism or comment if we are doing something about it.
    If we are not doing anything, then should we be ashamed.

    We shouldn't threaten people for what they think.
    We should explain to them that even though the current situation is like this, something is done so the future is different.
    When faced with truth, thinking will have to change.

  8. Anonymous25/8/07 03:56

    A lot of constructive and senseless criticisms have been voiced since the breaking of this news and video, and believe me, it has not caused little uneasiness and tense among the people (including the well-known tikam belakang).

    The video illustrates different meanings to each of us. It is very subjective as its interpretation is largely based on our upbringing since young.

    In some ways, it does not DIRECTLY inform its exact meanings, yet people who understand can grasp the messages the video tries to convey.

    The video conveys a lot of fundamental and realistic issues in the country, dealing with government, religion, race, culture and its people.

    Indeed, everyone has the right to voice their rights and opinions. But what's more important is that the comments and voice uttered must be of constructive and wise so that people can listen, not just hear.

    To say the least, this video has been expressed in an unprofessional way. And it does more harm than good.

    First, to comment 'un'professionally on the issues of race and religion in this video do no good to the country's development.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not putting a judgment on whether the video is right or wrong in pointing out these issues. What I mean is that professionalism in learning and knowing how to express one's own right is of utmost importance and must not be looked lightly upon.

    Historically, we see that the unprofessionalism in expressing one's emotions, feelings and anger had resulted in the undesirable incident of May 13. We won't wanna see this coming again, would we?

    Fundamentally, all of us should realise that no matter where we are, what situation we are in, a sense of respect must be in the heart and mind before we think, speak and act.

    To comment unprofessionally on other religions and races simply shows no act of patriotism to the national independence from which Namewee himself claimed.

    There are plenty more to be discussed here. But, let us think and reflect upon ourselves than react.

    What's done is done. Now, plenty must be done to hold the country together.

    Much internal damages and hurt had been done. We need to start again from scratch.

    Though hurt and uneasiness may not be obvious from outside, what's inside is the one that tears us apart.

    Being a Malaysian means acknowledging, appreciating and uplifting different races, cultures, languages and people together.

    Probably, my voice is too soft to be heard. For me to change the country is impossible.

    Probably, we can only change ourselves. Let us think about what's essential in our life that we need to search for.

    Focus on what's right and change ourselves for the better.


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