As an editor of a newspaper I would publish and report the truth on how the judicial system works in our country. Whether or not the crime committed is in Malaysia or abroad. As it is, the defamation of the National Anthem by Wee Meng Chee is considered a public interest whereby all Malaysian are eager and concern about the out come of this matter.
Wee Meng Chee or better know as Namewee, a 24 years old, undergraduate from Ming Chun University of Taiwan. Wee Meng Chee had sung and insulted the Malaysian national anthem “Negaraku” in rap style. Wee Meng Chee gained popularity after releasing a controversial song fused with the National Anthem of Malaysia, Negaraku, which describes the state of the country and its government.
He too has changed the title of the National Anthem Negaraku to Negarakuku. The structure of the song consists of two major components; the rapping by Wee Meng Chee and Malaysia’s National Anthem. The song was sung in an R&B tone without altering the melody and lyrics of the anthem. This has caused outrages outburst from many parties especially the Muslim community. He was reported to have touched on racially sensitive issues. The unpleasant act of Wee Meng Chee therefore, injures the reputation of Malaysia and also exposing himself to hatred and contempt.
The rap video clip of the National Anthem Negarakuku was uploaded onto You Tube by Wee Meng Chee himself on July 15, 2007. In the video clip it features montage phonographs of Malaysia i.e. image of Malaysian flag as backdrop, official law enforcement, politicians, mosque, Malay community and reviling animation of a woman breastfeeding her infant.
The song composed by Wee Meng Chee, Negarakuku covers elements of daily lives in Malaysia from his perspective and point of view, expressing dissatisfaction. Here are some of the elements that made waves throughout Malaysia:
• Given the impression that the police force was corrupted
• Civil servants were slow in serving the nation
• Disrespectful to the Malaysian flag. Used the Malaysian flag as the backdrop in his outrages act
• Meng Chee in articulating the frustrations of the ordinary rakyat discrimination against Chinese education
• The insensitivity of the authorities
• Describing the morning azan (prayer) as a morning call
Nevertheless, the rap lyrics were only intended to describe opinions without bias, it leaves listeners to determine on their own, the right and the wrong raised in the song. Wee Meng Chee is trying to express how he feels about the current situation in the country, Malaysia. He chose to express himself through freedom of speech by composing the Negarakuku in conjunction of the 50th National Day and dedicates the song to all Malaysians.
Publics reaction towards Wee Meng Chee's creation was unpleasant and most of the comments comes from You Tube are mostly critics. Which are:
• Malaysian calls him a racist, as he made certain remarks that offend both Chinese people and Malay people in general.
• Accusation of disrespectful towards Islam as his song had mocked Islam and the mind set of Malay community.
Wee Meng Chee did not only created criticism among Malaysian people but also from Malaysian's officials. The lyric of the song is categorized as an anti-government song, which resulted in comments by members of the Malaysian parliament and Cabinet to take action him. The statements made by Wee Meng Chee are serious and the government may take proper masseur to prosecute him if he had flouted the law. These are some of the charges he will face if upon convicted.
• Will be charged under the Sedition Act 1948 and
Our Malaysian Government considers charging Wee Meng Chee under Sedition Act 1948 if convicted. The 1st provision in the Sedition Act 1948 is, Section 2 of the Sedition Act 1948 states that the word “seditious” refers to the act, speech, words, publication or other things that has a seditious tendency. Where else,...
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