Thursday, October 4, 2007

THURSDAY 04/10/07- Ignore false claims: Musa

PAPAR: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has asked the state’s Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to ignore the baseless accusations leveled against them by certain quarters.

Instead, he said, they should focus on strengthening party unity and helping the government realise Sabah’s development agenda for the well-being of the people.

“All members must remain loyal to the party and the leadership so that the party will remain strong to face any challenges.

“We should maintain harmony and cooperation as we have a bigger agenda to develop Sabah,” he added at the breaking of fast organised by the Zone 3 Umno yesterday.

Musa said the prevailing unity and political stability would enable development projects to be carried out smoothly to benefit the people.

He also spoke of Sabah’s ability to attract an increasing number of tourists with the target this year being more than two million.

“The launching of the Sabah Development Corridor by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the year—end is also the result of prevailing harmony and stability in the slate,” he said.

THURSDAY 04/10/07 - Rasa Sayange…. Indonesian eh? Lawmaker wants Jakarta to sue Malaysia for use

JAKARTA: An Indonesian lawmaker has called for an immediate response from the Government to Malaysia’s use of the traditional Indonesian song Rasa Sayange in its Truly Asia tourism campaign.

House of Representatives member Hakam Naja of the National Mandate Party said if the Government could prove the song belongs to Indonesia, it should sue the Malaysian Government.

The Government needs to check on its origin, whether it is from Indonesia or not,” the deputy chairman of House Commission X overseeing education and tourism was quoted in a front-page report of the popular Jakarta Post daily, yesterday.

Rasa Sayange is believed to have originated in Maluku where it has been sung for generations by people to express their love for the environment.

Hakam said Malaysia has in the past claimed ownership of traditional Indonesian handicrafts such as batik and wayang puppets.

Such claims are made because of lack of action by the Indonesian Government to copyright or patent the nation’s heritage. In order to avoid one-sided claims, the Government should parent the song immediately,” he said.
He also called for an immediate inventory of the country’s culture to help protect Indonesia’s heritage through patents or copyrights.

“So if someone wants to use cultural elements of Indonesia, there should be compensation for the Government, otherwise, other countries will keep trying to undermine us,” he said.

Chairman of the Golkar Party faction at the House, Priyo Budi Santoso, as quoted in the report, said the Government needs to determine whether Malaysia is using the song without Indonesia’s permission.

“If they want to use Indonesia’s traditional music, Malaysia should first ask for our permission because that’s our country’s heritage,” he said.

Chairman of Indonesia’s Copyright Council, Enteng Tanamal, said suing Malaysia is unlikely to succeed because the song’s author is unknown.

“How can we sue Malaysia if nobody knows who wrote the song?” he asked, adding that: “Therefore, it’s fine if Malaysia uses the song as their tourism theme song.”

However, he said, the Government could check with the Directorate-General for Patents or the Tourism and Culture Ministry to find the song’s writer.

He said Malaysia is not the only party to claim the song.

Am boo in Maluku and Manado in North Sulawesi have been arguing over ownership of the song for generations.