Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro (By BAVANI M, 17/9/2010)
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Labuan MP Datuk Yussof Mahal also agreed that the current song was too slow. “It does not raise the spirit of the
The move, however, has drawn flak from Opposition leaders who are questioning the rationale and reasoning for changing the song.
“The FT anthem is a respected emblem of the city and should reflect the values of a city. If its lyrics no longer reflect that values then by all means make the changes otherwise why change it,’’ said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng. Lim added that the FT song was not a fashion statement that could be changed as and when the need arose.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar expressed shock when she heard about the song change.
“What ever for? The song holds a special meaning for the people of KL. It inculcates a sense of belonging with the residents and gives them something to be proud of,’’ she said. “This is also disrespectful to the previous Agong and it speaks volumes on how
Teacher Sulaiman Yaaob said the song Maju dan Sejahtera held a deep meaning for him as it had been sung in his school in Keramat for the past four years. “It provided us with a deep sense of belonging and I do not think it is a good idea to change it now after four years,’’ he said. Student Tan Hui Ling of SMK Sri Sinar in Segambut said they had already learnt the song by heart and it would be a hassle to learn a new one. “Maybe the authorities can change the beat or tempo like what they did with the Negaraku,’’ she said.The FT anthem was composed by Datuk Wah Idris, the man behind the current version of the Negaraku and Commonwealth Games 1998 theme song Standing in the Eyes of the World. The song’s lyrics written by Sheikh Faisal Mansor projects the hope and aspiration of the people. It was first used by the