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S’wkian activists who refused to stand up for ‘Negaraku’ called in for police questioning

S’wkian activists who refused to stand up for ‘Negaraku’ called in for police questioning

Tasneem Nazari

A video of a group of people refusing to stand up while our national anthem, ‘Negaraku’,  played in the background went viral over the weekend.

Picture credit: Facebook

The short 22-second video, allegedly taken during a fundraising event by Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) on Friday (Sept 27), has more than 7,000 comments and 4,700 shares (at the time of writing).

The video was shared by Facebook user Shaow Tung Leong.

“I will not stand and sing Malaya national anthem, Coz non of my business.”

Shaow Tung Leong via Facebook

Social media users criticised the group of people in the video for being disrespectful towards the country’s national anthem.

“This is not a question of “Malaya” or “Sarawak” but a symbol of our unity.”

Picture credit: Facebook
Picture credit: Facebook

“Throw these people out of Sarawak”

“Just wait until this rationale is adopted by your own kids. They will become louder than you all. If it’s for S4S then it’s ok. Just worried about when it’s time to take care of you. Those who are rude will breed a generation that is worse than the one before.”

“You’re not Sarawakian, you’re a terrorist. Sarawakians are nice and smart. If you wanna know the true Sarawakian warriors, I’ll tell you. Rosli Dhobi, Awang Ramli, Bujang Suntong, Rentap, Sharif Masahor, Kanang Anak Langkau and many more. These are the real warriors.”

Picture credit: Facebook

The group of people in the video have since admitted as being members of pressure group Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S).

Speaking to Free Malaysia Today, Shaow Tung Leong a.k.a Alex Leong explained that S4S members refused to stand during the national anthem to silently protest against the government, saying “Malaya” had been unfair to Sarawak and it’s people.

The S4S members are dissatisfied with the government over some promises made to the state which were unfulfilled, bringing up that Sarawak’s oil and gas resources had been exploited for the past 56 years.

S4S spokesman Shaow Tung Leong speaking to reporters outside the Kuching police headquarters’ one-stop centre.
Picture credit: The Star

“In fact, a few days ago, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the federal government was unable to fulfil its promise to raise the oil royalty to 20% for Sabah and Sarawak, as stated in Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto.

“So why should we stand up when the national anthem is played?”

He also opined that ‘Negaraku’ was not the anthem of the federation, but only “Malaya’s” anthem, highlighting that Sarawak only formed Malaysia with Malaya and Sabah in 1963.

Picture credit: The Borneo Post

Yesterday, news portals reported that after the police received a report of the incident, the eight individuals in the video were called in to give their statements and then later released.

Now, the police are investigating the matter under Section 8 (3) of the National Anthem Act 1968, which states:

“Whenever the National Anthem is played or sung all persons present shall stand to attention as a mark of respect.

Any person who knowingly shows disrespect towards the National Anthem in any public place shall be liable to a fine not exceeding one hundred ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month.

Failure to comply with subsection (1) without good and sufficient cause shall constitute a show of disrespect.”

You can check out Shaow Tung Leong’s Facebook post below:

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