Sarawak Activists Slammed For Refusing To Stand Up For 'Negaraku' In Viral Video

Disrespecting 'Negaraku' is considered an offence under the National Anthem Act 1968.

Cover image via Shaow Tung Leong/Facebook & Twitter @SyedSaddiq

On Saturday, 28 September, a Facebook user shared a video of a group of people refusing to stand up while 'Negaraku' played in the background

Shaow Tung Leong wrote, "I will not stand and sing the Malaya national anthem, because it's none of my business."

The post has since garnered 4,400 shares and 6,900 comments.

Netizens are criticising the group for being arrogant and disrespectful

Minister of Youth and Sports Syed Saddiq Abd Rahman tweeted, "Because 'Negaraku' belongs to all Malaysians. This is not a question of 'Malaya' or 'Sarawak'. But it is a symbol of our unity, Malaysia. Stop dividing us."

Another Twitter user wrote, "That's disrespectful of them. Again, a tree does not represent the forest. These are disrespectful Malaysians. Leave the racial stereotypes out of it."

Image via Twitter

"So rude. I'm disappointed with their behavior. Are they embarrassed to be Malaysians?" said a netizen.

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The people in the video have since been identified as members of the pressure group Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S)

S4S members during Malaysia Day at Padang Merdeka in Kuching.

Image via Muhammad Rais Sanusi/Utusan Borneo

According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), the 22-second video was allegedly taken during a fundraising event by Parti Bangsa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) on Friday, 27 September.

S4S member Shaow Tung Leong told FMT that it was a silent protest to show their dissatisfaction over unfulfilled promises to the state.

He claimed that Malaya had been very unfair to Sarawak and Sarawakians.

The former news reporter and editor also said that the state's resources, particularly oil and gas, had been exploited since the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

He said, "So why should we stand up when the national anthem is played?"

Following the incident, Bukit Aman has released a statement saying that disrespecting 'Negaraku' is considered an offence under the National Anthem Act 1968

Malaysiakini reported that Bukit Aman CID prosecution and legal division principal assistant director Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said that individuals who show disrespect towards the national anthem could be arrested.

Under the Act, offenders can be fined not more than RM100 or imprisoned for a period not exceeding one month.

According to The Borneo Post, a police report had been lodged and an investigation has commenced under Section 8 (3) of the National Anthem Act 1968.

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