Friday, December 06, 2019

Wasting police time on insignificant issues


Ministry probing video of pupils singing Negaraku in Mandarin

The Education Ministry is investigating a video, which has gone viral on social media, showing primary school pupils singing the national anthem Negaraku in Mandarin.

In a statement this evening, the ministry warned that it would not compromise with those who violated the Federal Constitution.

“The ministry is aware of the video showing the pupils singing Negaraku, which has been changed into Mandarin and languages other than the national language, which has gone viral on social media.

“A thorough investigation is being carried out in relation to this issue, which has happened in several schools,” it added.

Expressing regret over the incident, Bersatu PRIBUMI Youth said a check revealed that apart from Mandarin, the national anthem was also being sung in the Arabic language.

The wing's education bureau has filed a police report over this.

Describing it as a treasonous act towards patriotism and nationalism, Bersatu PRIBUMI Youth exco Mohd Ashraf Mustaqim said: “It is clear that the singing of Negaraku either in Mandarin or Arabic is wrong and transgresses the position of Negaraku as the official national anthem through its own language, which is Bahasa Melayu.”


Meanwhile, Malaysiakini learnt that the video recording originated from a Chinese primary school in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

It is also understood that the district education department had summoned the headmaster over the matter.

Malaysiakini has contacted the school authorities for comment.

A check revealed that the National Anthem Act 1968 does not clearly mention language but includes musical notes and lyrics in Bahasa Melayu.

Whereas, the National Language Act 1963 stipulates that Bahasa Melayu must be used for official purposes.

There is no law that says the national anthem, if and when sung outside of official occasions, need to be in Bahasa Melayu, so why have these hullabaloo been for?

Politicking again?

Outside of official occasions, why would singing the national anthem in any language be deemed a treasonous act?

When an anthem is sung it is an act of respect, love and loyalty to a nation, regardless of the language used, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil or Kadazandusun. In fact, the act of respect, love and loyalty is much more when people take the trouble to translate Bahasa Melayu into other languages which will help students appreciate the meaning and spirit of the lyrics.

For obvious reason, on official occasions, Bahasa Melayu shall and must be the language used.

It's ridiculous the police is once again being used to investigate into what have been in the main insignificant issues, more so when other pressing matters have not been solved.

No wonder Pastor Koh, Amri Che Mat, and the daughter of Indira Gandhi will never be found by police. Nor will the ID of one of the gay sex couple at a Sandakan hotel be even determined. 


  1. Can Zakar Naik sing Negaraku in ANY language?

  2. The Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara are available in English and BM. The official version is in BM. Move On.


  3. The words of the US Declaration of Independence have been translated into many languages, and Americans are very happy to hear those words expressed in other languages.

  4. Send them to Singapore where they will be repeating like robots to Majulah Singapura!

    1. I love the "Majulah Singapura" tune

      Also "The March of The Volunteers" Arise, Arise, "The Star Spangled Banner", "God Save the Queen" , "Deutschland Uber Alles".

      All great anthems.

  5. No hang-ups over "National Language" of Singapore. Walk into any government office there and they use English, even the Malay civil servants.

    According to Constitution of Singapore, the national language of Singapore is Malay, which plays a symbolic role, as Malays are constitutionally recognized as the indigenous peoples of Singapore, and it is the government's duty to protect their language and heritage. “The national language shall be the Malay language and shall be in the Roman script […]” (Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, PART XIII) Also according to the constitution, the four commonly used languages of Singapore are English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.

  6. Here's a Multi-Language The Star Spangled Banner:

    And just in Mandarin....!!!

  7. How come when UMNO delegate from Johor spoke in Mandarin at their party Congress he was praised and wow-ed by the UMNO delegates but when a group of primary schoolchildren sang Negaraku in Mandarin this was frowned upon? Will UMNO make a polis report?

    1. He was wow-ed because these scoundrels thought that the Chinese are warming towards them ( 'evidenced' by that Tanjung Piai by election, hahaha, so speaking in Mandarin is good. But once in power again, speaking in Mandarin will be considered as being disloyal and fact, anything Chinese is sungguh biadap, kakakakaka