JAKARTA - To stir the current cultural war between Indonesia and Malaysia, an Indonesian record company has reacted to the recent mishap with the traditional Balinese Tari Pendet showing up in an video commercial for Malaysia. Allthough Discovery Channel has said they made the mistake, and were sorry for it, the fire is burning once again.
An Indonesian record company has traced the origins of the Malaysian national anthem 'Negaraku'. Ruktiningsih, a spokesperson for Lokananta, the state recording company based in Solo, Central Java, has said that this song does very much resemble a song named 'Terang Bulan', written by the Bandung Ensemble. This song was first recorded in March 1956, just over a year before the independence of Malaysia was announced.
Ruktiningsih said that 'Terang Bulan' was one of almost 50 songs from Indonesia that were recorded in Jakarta at the state-owned radio RRI. This recording was ordered by the first president of Indonesia, Soekarno. "Copying the song is a violation of intellectual property rights according to the law. We demand that the government take strong action, not just send a note of protest. We have to unite against Malaysia, as they keep on stealing Indonesia’s assets,” Ruktiningsih said.
Ruktiningsih however is not using internet I suppose. Back in 2007, yes that is two years ago, a video on YouTube showed up that is titled 'negaraku? terang bulan' in which is indicated that the music of 'Negaraku' does very much resemble 'Terang Bulan'. So much for their own investigation, but it doesn't really matter. Below is a version of 'Negaraku' as well as 'Terang Bulan'. Watch them after eachother, not at the same time.