Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Rais Yatim has compelled all radio stations to air local songs (is it local songs ONLY?) beginning March (read Bernama), a move equally lauded and chided.
Really? Only local songs? Or more local than foreign songs? No elaboration, actually. Ex-minister Zainuddin Maidin said he tried to do it but the authority was with another ministry.
What's wrong with foreign songs? How about the Indonesian songs which are hits among many Malaysians? What about those from other countries like Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, the West and others?
Are foreign songs so bad for our youths to listen? Some songs are very educating and informative. Even our present genre of songs, too duplicate their kind of music. So, what kind of local songs are good or us?
And then, the Arabic songs from Egypt, Sudan and others which inspire many Malays who all this while bear the perception that anything about Arab is Islam. Not many Malays understand Arabic. Do we need to discard that too?
And... which radio station in particular only air foreign songs?
Hope the ministry can explain further. We are living in a borderless world now. Afterall, we have people from all over the world working, studying and settling in Malaysia!