Bo La Wei


Bo la Wei is a lovely song in the Kelantanese dialect. Complete with kompangs, gongs and even serunais, this song is composed in a traditional Kelantanese folk style. The singer and composer, Eddie Hamid, wrote this song pleading for the people of Kelantan to open their eyes and see the problems they are facing under the PAS government. Despite the simple everyday words in the lyrics (it may be the sort of discussion you could hear between friends over a cup of ‘teh tarik’), Eddie Hamid captured the rhythm so well and one can hear his frustration in his singing which subconciously urge you to think again.

Unfortunately however, Eddie Hamid had been threatened by the opposition for composing this song. I find it most baffling because I fail to see his fault in composing this song other than that he pleads (and not even demand) for change in his homestate. Didn’t DAP release the ‘Ubah Rocket Style’ video (a parody of Gangnam Style) to aid their campaign? Isn’t Ubah Rocket Style all about change and highlighting their own discontent over the current government? In fact, Ubah Rocket Style is even worse for it not only ‘made fun’ of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansur in such an offensive way but accused her of things without proof to support the accusations.

Pakatan Rakyat complains that BN gives no room for freedom of speech. But yet, none of the creators or actors involved in the Ubah Rocket Style parody were threatened over the videos by either the police (whom they claimed to be nothing but pawns of the BN leaders), the BN leaders themselves or their supporters.

As it happened numerous times before, Pakatan Rakyat proves that they do not care tuppence for freedom of speech. Remember Mr. Benji Lim from the Bersih 3.0?

What happened to Mr. Benji Lim’s freedom of speech? Anwar Ibrahim, leader of Pakatan Rakyat could simply ordered Benji to be dragged out of the room against his consent. Benji’s crime was… practicing freedom of speech. And when a reporter asked him questions that he chose not to answer, he would simply shut him up by saying, “Oh, UMNO tak payahlah.”

Anwar also learned a new trick that may prove useful for the rest of us. Apparently, repeating a question is a crime by the opposition’s rule of law; so the offender could be sued for repeating a question.

Thank you, Dato’ Seri for this very useful tip. Now I can’t help but feeling that the new band, ‘NoDirectionShow’s latest hit song ‘Krisis air’ a marvellous insight into Pakatan Rakyat.

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