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'CLAIR' FROM O'SULLIVAN AND CARNABY STREET.

'CLAIR' FROM O'SULLIVAN AND CARNABY STREET.
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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Malaysian General Election 2013: Advice Dari 1955

SONGS I LOVE:

(This posting is not a propaganda to vote for any party in Malaysia).

Malayan Broadcast:

Before Singapore gained its independence in 1965, radio broadcast coming from Malaya was nothing special and many Singaporeans listened to the news and entertainment provided. So when the Malayan elections were about to be held on July 27th in 1955, announcements on radio were common. It wasn't the election that attracted me but the song, composed by a humorous, radio personality called Zainal Alam.

Zainal Alam:

He had a successful career in broadcasting in Malaya and to improve himself took up a Government Management Program in the USA. According to a website, "his course-mate friend was John F. Kennedy" who later became the President.  Besides Malay, Zainal speaks the local languages and dialects. In fact his version of Rose, Rose I Love You has verses in Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

*Pak Lam as they called him was talented and versatile. Before singer and wife of P. Ramlee became famous as Saloma she was a.k.a. Salmah Ahmad and was Zainal's back-up singer. It finally led up to him composing a song about her.  Even P. Ramlee was unable to name any of his songs after Saloma.  Ramlee composed Azizah, Hamidah, Zubaidah but no Saloma. That was Zainal Alam's influence and popularity those years.
The Song:

He wrote humorous songs and peppered them using colloquial catch phrases that everybody understood. One of his songs I love was Vote, Vote, Vote. I searched in vain but could not find the English version. It was an attractive jingle and played like a commercial day and night before election time, encouraging the populace to vote wisely. Psychologically as most commercials do, these tunes stick in the head. Plain brain washing... But it was good advice, and still is.

The Message:

The song tickled the rib-cage but the message was clear. Whether it was the American citizens choosing Barack Obama for his second presidential term or the Malayans selecting a candidate for Parliament, people going to the polls were encouraged to: "Vote wisely, vote with care because once you vote there is no 'lagi sa-kali' (one more time)."  In simple jargon Zainal was telling voters, "Wish up man!"
       

      Mari Mengundi Pilihanraya Pertama Tanah Melayu 1955 Video NIEI TV


Below are part of the English lyrics which I could remember. The Malay version is on the You Tube video above.

The Voting Song (English version)

Vote vote vote
Everybody vote
Remember 27th is the day
(change to the 5th of May)
Don't forget
That you must not delay
Vote wisely vote with care
Everybody vote

When you vote
You must vote wisely
What people say
You 'jangan peduli' (don't bother)
Use your head
Think very carefully
Remember once you vote
There is no 'lagi sa-kali' (one more time)

Image: Google.
You Tube Video by wgc26.
*This edited piece of information is from You Tube contributor zainulazizan.

This original article is the latest version of an older posting I did before Singapore's General Election.

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