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Poems about democracy now sedition in Malaysia

  • 27-06-2011 5:16pm
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    Malaysia's acknowledged national laureate, A Samad Said, is being investigated for sedition by the police for reading the poem below at the launch of Bersih, an organization looking for electoral reform.

    http://www.thejournal.ie/malaysias-national-poet-questioned-over-poetry-recital-164480-Jun2011/

    samad_said.jpg

    Unggun Bersih | Hujan Pagi

    An English translation goes:
    The more we hurt, the more we are consumed by anger -
    At the same time, we invoke the message of independence:
    Democracy is as bright as the sun
    A lifelong wish as pure as ourselves.

    We have been restless for long – democracy suffers;
    We have been suffering for long - democracy hurts.
    Proud democracy, we mock;
    a strong independent voice, we long for!

    Two centuries ago, Sam Adams beseeched:
    (in Boston when tea was thrown into the blue sea):
    A euphoric and passionate shout is not required,
    All that is needed are the flames of purity.
    Now burns those sacred flames;
    Now that sacred fire spreads.

    Here he is reading the poem to guitar accompaniment (quite nice actually):

    http://soundcloud.com/a-samad-said/unggun-bersih

    P.


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