Sunday, June 26, 2011

ASWARA Yang Keji, Hina

"Kau lah yang famous tu kan???" (retorik)

Salahkah saya berstatus bekas pelajar Aswara? I left the previous college to fix whatever's broken: my education but you gave me that rhetorical, sarcastic question.

Jeling-menjeling.... Mata anda sakit ye? It's ok, nanti saya belikan Eye Mo.....

Ya, saya memang hina kerana saya pernah belajar di Aswara.

Puas hati??




Kimi Ismawi

Friday, June 3, 2011

Of Malaysia, Indonesia, Rasa Sayang, and Randai

I guess most of us, Malaysians and Indonesians, have heard of the song 'Rasa Sayang', a folk song fed to our eardrums since.. well, maybe, forever, which Indonesians claimed as theirs. I was feeling a little restless about this as I was doubting the origin of it. Why? Because the pantun sounds very Malay, as in Malay of Bahasa Malaysia. I googled it, and I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rasa_Sayang

I used to study in a university where the students celebrate arts, Malay culture and heritage, and that was where I knew of the word 'Randai'. What is Randai? Randai is a folk theatre tradition of Minangkabau (so-called Minang), an ethnic group from the highlands of West Sumatra, Indonesia. Randai is a subject offered for the first year degree students and they, we, the students know very well that Randai is from Indonesia. Not only the students had practical examination on the subject, the students learn the theory too. Did the Indonesians think that it is not mentioned in Randai classes that Randai is from Indonesia? Well, the lecturers did, and the students knew very well of this. We weren't (and will never) claiming that Randai belongs to Malaysia, we are only embracing the culture of Malay Archipelago, Malaysians and Indonesians alike. They are Minangs in Malaysia, and please do not deny of the existence of the javanese in Malaysia. Indonesians should be proud of the fact that we are learning their traditional theatre.




Siapa yang selalu merompak di Malaysia? Orang Indonesia.


Siapa yang menghantar makanan yang sudah lepas tarikh luputnya ke Indonesia? Orang Malaysia.




Kedua-dua negara sama sahaja. Dengan bahasa yang hampir sama, itu bukti kita satu nusantara, satu rumpun melayu yang sepatutnya bersatu mempertahankan warisan dan budaya melayu.


Mahu sapu Malaysia? Sapulah, terima kasih.