Malaysian student Namewee or Wee Meng Chee's latest parody of the national anthem has been severely criticised by politicians. Wee has come under fire for mocking the national anthem and making statements many found offensive because they contained racial slurs.
Wee, a 24-year-old mass communications student at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan, has insisted that he is patriotic. “I wrote the song in conjunction with the country’s 50th anniversary of independence and it is my gift to the country,” the Johorean said.
Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum said police would investigate the rap video while MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said Wee had insulted the national anthem.
I have seen the video found on YouTube.com and did not find any evidence that Wee had insulted the national anthem. In fact, Wee was trying to drive us a point. If we are patriotic citizens of the country then we should work hard to eradicate corruption, racism, nepotism and all other ills.
The tune of national anthem sets a background of our collective responsibility to our beloved country.
I am surprised that Liow said that Wee had insulted the national anthem. Liow should instead demand that UMNO takes action against their own delegates who had made seditious, violent and racist remarks and gestures at the party's annual assembly last year.
Wee speaks the truth and it is the truth that hurts people like Johari Baharum and Liow Tiong Lai.