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Friday, November 30, 2012

Delegates shed tears over song decrying fate of Malays



Delegates at the 66th Umno general assembly stood in saddened silence and some shed tears, touched by an overseas Umno club student representative’s rendition of ‘Anak Kecil Main Api’, a song that bemoans the fate of Malays for being sidelined in their own land.

Air mata darah bercampur keringat. Bumi dipijak milik orang(Shedding tears and blood mixed with sweat. The land we stand on, belongs to someone else),” reads the lyrics sung by Tokyo Umno Club representative Arif Yassir Zulkafli.
Nenek moyang kaya-raya, tergadai segala harta-benda, akibat sengkata sesama kita, pribumi merintih sendiri (Our ancestors were very rich, but they lost all their wealth, because of infighting, the natives moan alone).”

Written by a former National Civics Bureau (BTN) chief, the song was taught to all those who attended the federal agency’s courses, for which attendance is compulsory for students before attending local public universities or going overseas on government scholarships.

The lyrics describe how because of internal strife, Malays have become weak and lost all their wealth and land to outsiders, the only thing they still hold being political power.

The song urges Malays to use political power to uplift themselves and to wake up and retake their wealth and homeland.

The delegates also began a sing-a-long, as the song is well-known to be used in party activities to remind Umno members and Malays of their alleged fate.

After the song ended, Ariff led the delegates in chanting “Hidup Umno!” several times.
The delegates, including Umno permanent chairperson Badruddin Amiruldin, all appeared shaken and teary-eyed, as the chairperson put it, they were touched by the sentiment.

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