“Praise the Lord” and Rais Yatim
The Christians are saying God works in mysterious ways.
Under ordinary circumstances, our national broadcasting menu is staidly, if not solely, Muslim in tone and tune. But we’re living in extraordinary times. Thanks to the Information Ministry, Malaysians are inadvertently introduced to Indonesian gospel.
Local Christians who otherwise would not have known about the song Serukan Nama-Nya are – judging from responses by the Malaysian public – in a ‘Hallelujah’ rapture because Malaysians have taken to singing this catchy viral hit “Yesus Tuhan Raja s’gala kuasa tunduk dalam nama-Nya”.
The high-spirited, wholesome performance, which can be watched on YouTube, beats Janji Ditepati hands down. See ‘Aiyoyo, irama ‘Janji Ditepati’ macam lagu gereja Indonesia?‘
Among the most recent YouTube comments on Serukan Nama-Nya:
“Praise the lord. He has made a way to Malaysia.”
The beleaguered Information Minister is now being given a hard time by almost everyone (… and maybe soon too by Indonesians screaming “Malingsia”).
“Malay Mail shows its true opposition colour…”
Not only Malay Mail but The Scissors too but we’ll come to that shortly.
Meanwhile, NST reported:
“He [Rais] also condemned several members of the opposition for using the allegation to take a further swipe at the song, Janji Ditepati.
“‘They (the opposition) appear to be engaging in a rushed cheap ploy via the allegation,’ he said.”
Below are screenshots of tweets by members of the opposition who have been poking fun at Rais in Twitterjaya.
Bong Chang Siong, who uses the handle ‘bongkersz’ and going “hahahahahahaha!” at Rais with Hannah Yeoh, was a few months ago invited by The Star to take part in the paper’s Twitter promo programme.
The Star makes admirable efforts to promote anti-establishment tweeters by publicizing pro-opposition personalities such as Nat Tan, Edmund Bon and not forgetting Hannah’s tweeter buddy who “hahahahahahaha”-ed Rais.
Rais has previously said that social websites, especially Facebook and Twitter, had become popular channels for individuals to hurl insults and accusations at others, and urged Malaysians not to waste their time surfing the social websites.
It is probably because Rais does not to waste his time surfing the social media that he is unaware how gleefully he is mocked by Star reporters.
In fact, the paper’s own National Union of Journalist ex-chairman made the following Scissors stabs at the Minister of Information (screenshots below).
See also ‘Tweet “Big Mama” oleh jentera media MCA‘
Rais has 13,458 Twitter followers. He would have more if only The Star promoted him as enthusiastically as it does the Christian opposition figures, some of whom due to the paper’s dutiful and glowing promotion are hitting the 50,000 mark.
[So strange that there are still Malaysians under the mistaken belief that The Star is a government mouthpiece).
Rais also tweeted about his buka puasa function. Rais is a Minang (the Minang people have a distinctive cuisine).
The Star might have given Rais some positive social coverage as the man is after all the country’s Information Minister, but nope. Despite Rais being well-known as someone knowledgeable about Malay customs and culture and plus he’s a Muslim, the paper does not think his views are worth soliciting for its articles on Ramadan.
On the other hand, look who The Star just interviewed for its Ramadan story special (screenshot below). Is the MCA paper determined to help the DAP Christian evangelists leave their mark on a Muslim festival?