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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Negarakuku by a 'disgruntled' Malaysian Chinese Rapper

The videoclip by a Malaysian Chinese university student making the news for the wrong reasons is hosted by You Tube here :

Well, this rap song by a 'disgruntled' Malaysian Chinese rapper is surely drawing lots of attention with the way he dishes out all his frustrations or dissatisfactions about how things are in Malaysia especially by his reference to the Malaysian Police which he refers to as 'Mata' as our polis were called before -'mata-mata'.

It is a catchy unique way that he has sort of intermixed our usually staid and solemn National Anthem with the rap music that youngsters now so love. Call it the rhythm of the young and free. Free from responsibilities and bills, that is.

As usual, in every nation, there will be many such young citizens who are vocal, rebellious, anti-establishment, etcetera and we find such kind in every nation or community on Earth since Time immemorial.

Hell, I am sure that most of us were so ourselves, during our youth and age of rebellion. Hehehehehe...

This chap is somewhat creative and even risking being slapped with the ISA or whatever other relevant acts he has breached by lampooning our National Anthem.

I understand that he's not here in Malaysia right now but things will sure get interesting when our 'overseas rapper' returns home when his visa expires.

I am sure that he has hundreds and thousands of fans now rooting for him comprised of the restless souls who have expressed support for him in You Tube where his video is being hosted.

I obtained the link from here:


Literal translation by NICOLE FOO

Intro credits:
2007 Visit Malaysia Year Theme Song
I Love My Country

(Repeat) Check it out, yo, yo, yo.

(Repeat) Negaraku, Negarakuku.

I love my country, only when you have a country you have a home
Only with a home then there will be me, standing here with you
Loudly singing, don’t be afraid
Even though I curse all the time
My song, is just like the durian
Tough and spiky, only
To see if you dare to open it, to look at the truth inside
It can be very stinky, it can be very fragrant
It only depends on what kind of nostrils you have.

Our police is called Mata
Because they have very shiny eyes
Once it’s New Year, they will be very hard working
Holding pens but they will rarely write you a receipt
Because they are thirsty, they need to drink tea
Also kopi-O, want to add sugar?
If they add sugar, their mouths will sweetly smile at you
When you are leaving
They will even go “Tata.”

Tanah tumpahnya darahku
Rakyat hidup bersatu dan maju.

This phenomenon, doesn’t need any improvements
Neither does it need strengthening, the police and the people work together
A cup of coffee keeps our relationship temperate
I so very suka
At least I won’t go home and receive a saman (fine or ticket)
My dad would sure be pissed
I would also kiong kan (swear word in Cantonese for “get raped”), with no car to drive
What to do, this time so very kao lat (an expression, something like aiyo)
With no car, how do I go out and play?
With no car, how do I wage “wild war”? (I don’t know what it means but I assume it has something to do with a girl)
With no car, how do I go and watch ah kua? (transvestites)
This country, I like it very much.

5 in the morning
There’s even a morning call to wake me up
Sometimes a few of them will sing together
When you listen to it, it’s like a love duet
The voice ululates like an R&B song
Even though sometimes they sing until it’s out of tune
Even though sometimes they even sing until their voices break
Some sound like cockerels, but they wake up earlier than them
This way we can know the time to get ready for class and for work
Don’t blame, the government only takes cares of the natives
Don’t blame, we don’t receive equal care
Only this way we can prove that we Chinese are not afraid of hard work
Only this way we can train ourselves to find a solution during hard times
Don’t feel weird about their standards
Because this only shows that we are smart (or capable)
Children who are not spoilt will not be dependant
Because you see some children are still not weaned off breast-feeding.

Rahmat bahagia
Tuhan kurniakan
Raja kita
Selamat bertakhta.

People who hide in government departments are even better (even more capable)
They can do everything so slowly
Even when people are queuing, are cursing stinky lelai (what’s that?)
They’re chill and unfazed
Sometimes they even bring out their kuih
They eat their nyonya kuih
More people will continue queuing up
Even when you curse stinky lelai it doesn’t matter
Because the guard at the side is dreaming
And he won’t scold you one lah.

They wrap up their heads; walk slowly and cross the road slowly
When you pass in the car you even have to let them pass first
The most important thing is to live happily; the most important thing is to live comfortably
Don’t be like the Chinese
Busy the whole day, very tough
We really cannot NOT admire this spirit”
Because this is their attitude in life.

(Attitude, attitude)

I’ve been saying good things in this song
I believe those of you who are pissed at me will like this now
The world is peaceful, and full of hope
No one is hurt, there aren’t any riots
You’re so classy, you’re so elegant
Your shit is fragrant, and you don’t curse
You guys are the most high class, every day it’s just romancing

Listening to Guang Liang Pin Guan (this local Chinese artiste)
But he already ran to Taiwan
Private school students graduate
It’s so very tough to get admitted into local universities
Actually we don’t have to get pissed about this issue
Actually this is the a very noble plan by the government
They want us to explore the world, to find new opportunities for ourselves
To learn things and come back and repay the country
This is plan is so great, I can’t quibble about it
All over the world you can see Malaysia’s children
They’re like refugees, so very shiok (expression for orgasm or high)

2007, Malaysia’s having Visit Malaysia Year
The Chinese culture is brought out and paraded
The government doesn’t even care about private school students
The certificate is thrown into the longkang (ditch), just like me

Graduated and went to Taiwan
Learned about things, and got ready to come back to repay my country
I stood on the streets of Taipei with my guitar
But my mouth still sings.

Rahmat Bahagia
Tuhan kurniakan
Raja kita Selamat bertakhta.

Visit NAMEWEE’s site.

Update on official reaction to his posting of his videoclip is reported here.

Please take note that I for one do not support this chap's actions but am only posting it here as a matter to be taken note of that whatever one does in one's life as a follow up to one's viewpoints especially where it touches on sensitive matters such as race, religion and national pride, then has has to be responsible in facing up to one's actions.

This Wee fellow can't expect the Government of Malaysia to let him go free just like that. He must be taken to task for using or in this case misusing the National Anthem as his base track in his videoclip.

Usage of curse words interplied with excerpts of our beloved 'Negara Ku' is akin to eating food contaminated with filth. It is not right. It is a sign of the person's character of being not decent!

I for one support the government in taking appropriate action against the chap.

As a mark of my respect to our National Anthem, I hereby am removing the said clip from my site here but this article and link to it will remain as a point of reference to the subject matter.

May Malaysians come to realize that we have only this country to call our own and to those who choose to differ and think they might do better elsewhere, it's your free will to go wherever you wish.

As the Malay saying goes ' Dimana bumi dipijak ; disitu langit di junjung!'

No more comments allowed on this subject.

Topic closed.


Freethinker said...

Definately a new medium to reach out socio-political awareness

mahaguru58 said...

Yes, it sure is.

Only thing is that I hope that our creative youngsters do not desecrate the things that are precious and so important to us as we need to preserve all our nation's identities as they are so as not to disappear into the annals of Time.

mahaguru58 said...

Blogger Shadow Fox,

I do understand the lyrics but due to my blog's nature can't publish your explanatory 'colorful' comments.

Anyway, xie xie nee.

Sagaladoola said...

Hey mahaguru .... Thanks for the translation .....

mahaguru58 said...

Pleasure's mine bro.

Just sharing with all the translation by Nicole Foo which explains what the hell the fella's rapping about! :P

You do know that there are some cuss words which he dishes out in the original version but which I won't share the true translations here for obvious reasons.

Brother Shadow Fox has updated me about them! :D

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natiqua said...

Saya sangat bersetuju dengan apa yang dikatakan oleh mahaguru58,

"May Malaysians come to realize that we have only this country to call our own and to those who choose to differ and think they might do better elsewhere, it's your free will to go wherever you wish.

As the Malay saying goes ' Dimana bumi dipijak ; disitu langit di junjung!'"

Mungkin namewee ingin mengekspresikan rasa tidak puas hatinya tetapi menggunakan lagu kebangsaan bukanlah satu jalan yang baik atau boleh dibanggakan. Mengutuk negara sendiri secara besar-besaran menggunakan internet yang tiada sempadan jelas memaparkan kurangnya semangat patriotisma dalam dirinya.

Mungkin satu hari nanti namawee akan sedar semula betapa bodohnya 'gurauan' yang dilakukan.

Tanakwagu said...

honestly speak,
i like it melody and song. but the lyrics of course against m'sia govt

store7180 said...

What he sang is actually true (although he shouldn't have said some things about religion).

It is true - the inequality of treatment of the country towards Malays and Chinese. We are all Malaysians, why do citizens of different races get treated differently? If we are all born in Malaysia and call Malaysia our home, why are we treated so differently like 2nd class citizens? I hate to say it, but that is exactly what 'racism' means. In America, the blacks and whites are treated equally now, do we need a Martin Luther King in Malaysia to equal things up?

The malaysian chinese live in a country of unequal opportunity,treatment and share of the cake, it's amazing how they still strive and prosper despite all this after so many years.

Marco said...

"YeAH² NeGaraKu!.. NEgARaKukU!!"..
BeSt LaGu Nie..!!SeMuA bELIa-BeLiA dlM mAlaYsia SkrG, NyAnyi ReNtak LaGu NiE..
LePak SaMbiL BuAT LiRik
LaGu POWER !!!
.. SeNanG Nak TerKenaL
TaNpA sekatan BIROKRASI!!!

avery said...

i think Malaysia government (esp. BN, UMNO, MCA, MIC) only know how to have coffee money like want he sing. They (BN, UMNO, MCA, MIC) they the one who harm our country MOST

Jiang Fung said...

Author clarified in his blog:

sweetsmiley said...

rasenye singer negarakuku ni mcm tak betul je.. kalo gvment nye ipt xleh msuk, blambak ipts kot..pikiran sempit nih.. malay malas ke? not me ok..dean's list student lg.. streotyping da ni.. Malaysia is Malaysia.. multiracial country. respectla.. msti x blaja history ni.. dlm skola kn dah ajar nenek moyang 'dorg' - chinese & indian yg hijrah kat sini, dah stuju takkan ganggu hak2 keistimewaan org mlayu.knape la timbulkan hal ni lg.. maybe die study kat private school thats y x blajar sjarah negara..skang ni wat konfrontasi plak...adoii...mcm2 skang ni..

Ching Poh said...

hi, i just found few errors in the translated lyric u posted here...

actually is "kiam gan" (is hokkien) means "kurang ajar" not "get raped"

"wild war" means "having sexual intercourse" in public places like parks o inside the car...

i am sure that everyone understand what "shiok" not "orgasm", especially related to sex...


Gary said...

I think more n more this kinda songs are gonna be coming out, the problems how are we gonna get the best out of this situation.

Adely said...

It is just a song for god sake…. And our mighty UMNO friends jump the gun and decided to x the guy for making fun of the song… damn – its just a song. Why don’t we take a good and deep look into the context, the lyrics and why he was not happy… Let us look at the issues he raises in the song… I have no problem to print the lyrics of Negaraku and pee on the paper, as to me – its just a song… I will not go to hell for doing that…
We created a big hoo-ha on the song and threaten axe the guy, but those who did what the lyric say, go unpunished!!!! What a damn hypocrites we all are…

Adely Mahyuddin

chinhuat said...

It is *VERY* *VERY* interesting to know the background history of "hak istimewa", I'm afraid there's no way to trace it back if the history has been distorted. Happens all the time, yet these people claim we have "pikiran sempit".

Karen said...

I agree with chinhuat. Since they found out that Hang Tuah is Chinese, you never see Hang tuah in the school history book anymore (correct me if I'm wrong).

Sometimes we need to see things openly, the content of the song is describing the fact in Malaysia and we should look into these problems and correct them as fast as we can in order for Malaysia to stay competitive in the world. Think deeply, we should use this feedback or some might think it is critism to help improve our country rather than just always ask people to keep their mouth shut or treat any feedback negatively.

Adam said...

stinky lelai - censored version of hokkien swear word, which means smelly p*ssy

Hans said...

there are a lot of things i could say, but the issue i would like to address here is the one mentioned by store7180 and sweetsmiley... i mean, seriously, how many generations to chinese and indians have to stay in malaysia before they are treated equally? and there is so much double standards going on, when something like this happens there is a huge fuss but when malays brandish the kris the chinese and indians are too afraid to "disturb the peace". on another note, remember that even the 1969 racial riots were originally devised as a political ploy and involved about 85% non-malay casualties.

mahaguru58 said...

Dear Malaysians,

Comment if you wish about the subject matter but do not deviate into matters of the past such as the May 13th tragedy.

You folks need to cherish what we have here today and appreciate whatever kind of life you are enjoying as a situation better than let's say, in Iraq!

I am all for decent discussion but if you start to touch on sensitive subjects, I'd be forced to bring this discussion to an end.

Wee Meng Chee desecrated our National anthem when he mixed and matched his rapping interlaced with foul words.

If he had done so in China, what do you think the authorities would have done to him?

Your guess is as good as mine.

People have been led to the firing squad for a lesser crime than insulting a nation's national anthem, the very symbol of our nation.

Don't bite off more than you can chew.

If anyone is willing to be man enough to go state his or her objections to the powers that be, do so using your true identities, not hide under a bloody pseudonym.

Tell you what. I am closing this topic.

Selamat Merdeka to you all!