Do not kill the messenger but understand the message instead..

At last, a more acceptable respond from one of our Cabinet members, Dato’ Shahril Samad, on the issue of our student, Wee Meng Chee, 24, who caused a furore here with his Negara Ku (Negarakuku) rap video clip on YouTube. It was reported to have been viewed more than 400,000 times.

Screenshot of The Star news extract.

MP: Song is about youth narrating his problems

JOHOR BARU: The controversial “Negarakuku” is a song of a Malaysian youth narrating his problems and expectations, Johor Baru MP Shahrir Samad said.

He said it was more important to look at the messages delivered by the song made by Taiwan-based student Wee Meng Chee, 24.

“He expressed the youths’ point of view for all to pay attention to,” he said.

Shahrir said Wee had brought up police corruption and problems faced by Chinese independent schools’ students.

“It is a fact known by all of us that those who graduated from these schools cannot enter local universities because the education systems are different ,” he said.

Wee caused a furore with his “Negarakuku” rap video clip with several quarters condemning him for mocking the national

anthem and making offensive statements.

“Now, we should check if he has violated any Act or if the content is seditious.

“I am not sure if it is wrong to sing the national anthem in such a way according to the law,” he said after flagging off 110 bikers who took part in the Segamat Bikers’ Johor Ride here yesterday.

Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said if action was instituted against Meng Chee for his controversial video clip, action must also be taken against others who incite hate.

He added that the feelings expressed in the video clip must be taken seriously as they reflect the sentiments of Chinese youth.

However, he felt that Meng Chee’s method was not right.

I would support 101% Shahrir Samad’s views. What Wee have done is only the tip of the iceberg. Other races might or may have faced the same problem. Maybe the government should review our Education policies. And, to me, this is the case of too much slogan shouting of “Kita orang bumiputera, Kita orang Melayu, ….”

Indirectly, those slogan burn the spirit of ethnic patriotism among the other races in Malaysia. And, we in Sarawak are fortunate to have a leader like YAB Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, who have avoid all this racist slogan and conflicts, and in Sarawak, we have more than 30 ethnic groups!

While we burn our natural resources to finance the good lifestyle of our brothers in the West, the luxury have made them ignorance of what Malaysia is made of. And, they should realise that Malaysia was born on 16 September 1963.

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