Monday, 28 May 2012
Distorted DAP song says Pakatan will pawn M'sia
The DAP election campaign theme song Ubah was written to boost the party morale but it has now been distorted by its opponents to discredit the opposition, saying Pakatan will pawn the country and turn it into a republic.
Revealing this to the press today, DAP Socialist Youth chief Anthony Loke said his team has found two versions of the video clips on Ubah that have been distorted and circulated on Internet.
The videos, uploaded on YouTube on May 10 and May 21, retain the original music but the lyrics and visuals have been changed.
Loke said the modified videos are a "highly irresponsible and dirty trick" by DAP's political opponents and he demanded that the Election Commission (EC) takes action against the "dirty campaign".
The first video retains the original visual on Pakatan leaders recording the song in a studio, but some parts of the lyrics have been changed to paint a negative picture of the opposition.
'Donkey, please pawn Malaysia'
For instance, the first verse of the original song - which was sang by PKR veep Nurul Izzah Anwar - was "Negaraku, tanggungjawab bersama" (My country, our responsibility together) and it has been modified to "dendam ayahku, tanggungjawab bersama" (My father's grudge, our responsibility together).
Some of the other modified parts of the lyrics include “future will be pawned by the Jews” (masa depan, digadai puak Yahudi), “together we head toward a people's republic” (bersama menuju, republik Rakyat) and “donkey, please pawn Malaysia” (keldai, tolong gadaikanlah Malaysia).
The video also features some anti-Pakatan visuals, such as a newspaper clipping on a controversial report by Utusan Malaysia quoting Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as saying he wants to abolish the New Economic Policy (NEP).
As for the second video clip, it keeps the full lyrics of the original song but the images have been changed to show Bersih 3.0 rally protesters damaging police vehicles and breaching the Dataran Merdeka cordon.
EC, MCMC urged to act
Loke, who was among those who composed the lyrics for Ubah, said he was saddened that such creative work has been so badly modified into a low and dirty tune by Pakatan's political opponents.
“I don't need to name them.... everybody knows who are behind the videos. You know which party always uses this kind of message against Pakatan,” the Rasah MP added.
Loke said DAP has filed a complaint with YouTube and hopes the video-sharing website will take down the offending video clips.
He also urged the EC to take precautionary measures against such political intimidation and to work with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to tackle such “dirty online election campaigns”.