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PKR Youth: Is singing a crime now?

 | August 22, 2016

Police have called in PKR Youth Information Chief Lee Chean Chung to record a statement after he sang at Anwar Ibrahim's recent 69th birthday bash outside Sungai Buloh Prison.



PETALING JAYA: Something is wrong with the country when singing a Cantonese song written in tribute to Nelson Mandela can be considered a crime, according to PKR Youth Information Chief Lee Chean Chung.

Speaking to FMT, Lee said the government has suppressed the voices of the people by charging them in court for sedition but he never thought that he would face similar charges for simply singing a song.

“What more a Cantonese song that talks about freedom and is a tribute to Nelson Mandela.

“What’s wrong with Nelson Mandela? Is the Malaysian Government offended by something that happened in a different continent?”

Lee, who is also the Semambu assemblyman, had issued a statement on his Facebook page revealing that he had been called in by the Sungai Buloh police to record his statement regarding his attendance at Anwar Ibrahim’s 69th birthday bash in front of the Sungai Buloh Prison on Aug 10.

During the birthday party, Lee had performed a song in front of those in attendance.

The song in question was entitled “Glorious Days” by famous Hong Kong rock band Beyond.

Lee has been asked to report to the police station before Aug 24.

“I’m still discussing with my lawyers on what my next course of action should be.”

South China Morning Post, in a Dec 7, 2013 article, said the 1991 track Glorious Days had become a Cantonese anthem for idealistic youth and is from beginning to end a homage to Mandela.

“Never stop struggling with uncertainty. I believe the future can be altered. But who can achieve it?” the lyrics read in part, it said.

Today, it is widely used as one of the theme songs in local demonstrations because of its message of anti-racism and aspiration to freedom, the report stated.


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