I'm not implying that we have no freedom of speech. I am outright saying that we don't have much freedom of speech.
We can express our criticisms, as long as it doesn't have anything to do with race? How far do you consider something "racist"? If i went ahead and said "all chinese are arrogant bastards who refuse to share their wealths, those dickheads" and "all malays are bloody lazy jerkwads who suck thumbs" it'll definitely be racist. Look at his video again. He complains of those people who "bind their heads and move slowly" and the "loud music that blares off at 6am". Is that racist? No its not. Its being sarcastic about other people's practice. If in a society you can't even poke fun at what you think is a bit funny (or exasperating), then what freedom of speech do you have? This is a dig against stereotypes of muslims (mostly malays) who have a tidak apa attitude. As for the azan, making fun of a religion is NOT the same as racist. Race and religion is seperate. Get over it.
If people would just look past the initial words and verses in his songs, and at least TRY to interpret what Namawee wants to express, instead of taking those words at face value and frothing at the mouth. You can see that this is a person who loves his country. When you love something you don't only notice all its good points, you see all the bad points too (that was a brilliant metaphor with the durian). In humour and art you poke fun of something by portraying the ridiculous side of it, you twist ordinary grievances into a new light and let your audience see how absurd it is. He has done a remarkably good job i might say. In any other mature country people would have just complimented him or debated with him and they'd be on their way.
Presumably this is his way of directing our attentions to the problems of malaysia, as he sees it. Whether or not he is right about these things is another issue, but we should not be outraged by his daring to say it out. The fact that we are all outraged at someone merely daring to speak his mind is a good indicator of how much free speech we have.
If Namawee had merely wanted attention, his wouldn't have needed to inject into his song the amount of sophistication that he did. He'd have done something completely retarded and malicious, like that "Got Pork?" video. Most people complaining about the song only concentrate on the sparse few scenes that they deem offensive. Thats incredibly shallow thinking, not putting the whole song into context.
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