Harapan Bangsa by Jacklyn Victor


Jaclyn had last week said the “Harapan Bangsa” song is not for commercial purposes, pointing out that it was recorded many years ago. 

“I recorded that song around 2007 specially for the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak and for the churches. It was composed by a pastor with the message of Malaysia’s peace. As a Christian, I don’t think there’s any wrong if I as a Christian sing the song,” she told Malay daily Berita Harian last Thursday.

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Jaclyn Victor’s ‘Harapan’ is my ‘Harapan’ too — Terence Martin

October 27, 2012

OCT 27 — Jaclyn Victor sang “Harapan Bangsa”.

Jaclyn Victor’s a Christian.

It’s a Christian song of praise and worship.

No one ever pretended it was not.

Perkasa is now out with pitchforks and torches to lynch somebody, anybody; but preferably Jaclyn Victor.

Whatever is next?

No worship services for Christians in Malay in this country?

Or perhaps a government official will make audio, video and photographic recordings of each and every service in Malay in this country? Just to find evidence of conversion, conspiracy and the like?

Or maybe set up an anti-Christian panel comprising people like Ibrahim Ali, Helen Ang, Syed Akbar Ali and the like to put the Christians “in their rightful place”?

The serenity prayer thus reads:

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

“The courage to change the things I can, 

“And the wisdom to know the difference.”

I know what I cannot change and what I can.

The wimpy leaders and politicians who allow all this to happen unchecked, that I can change.

And change we will.

Change we must.

For I have as much a right to co-exist peacefully in Malaysia to practise my religious beliefs.

As does Jaclyn Victor.

That hope she sang in the song. That hope I sing in my heart.

* Terence Martin was born into a Christian family, baptised a Christian and will die a Christian. And he loves Malaysia wholeheartedly even with the racists and bigots running wild sowing seeds of division and hatred unchecked.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

Jaclyn Victor’s ‘Harapan’ is my ‘Harapan’ too — Terence Martin


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Perkasa maintains boycott over Malay-language Christian song

By Ida Lim
October 28, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — Perkasa insists Muslims nationwide must blackball popular singer Jaclyn Victor for singing “Harapan Bangsa”, a Malay-language Christian song that the hardline Malay rights group claims is an insult to Islam in the latest interfaith storm to erupt in multireligious Malaysia.

Its secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali also accused Senator Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon of being an “irresponsible” minister in refraining from taking a clear stand on the issue.

The minister in charge of national unity and integration has refused to weigh in on the issue, saying yesterday: “I don’t want to comment on that. They (Perkasa) can boycott as they like. It’s a free country.”

“But when Tsu Koon said it’s the right of Perkasa to boycott singer Jaclyn Victor because this country is free for anyone to voice out, that is a most irresponsible statement ever heard from a minister. Is that the best answer from a Unity Minister?” Syed Hassan told The Malaysian Insider in a text message when contacted yesterday.

Perkasa maintains boycott over Malay-language Christian song


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Perkasa free to boycott singer Jaclyn Victor, says minister

UPDATED @ 02:20:53 PM 27-10-2012
By Ida Lim
October 27, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — The Malay right-wing group Perkasa is free to boycott popular singer Jaclyn Victor for singing the “Harapan Bangsa”  song, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, the minister in the prime minister’s department in charge of national unity and integration, said today.

Last Thursday, Perkasa asked Muslims to boycott the award-winning singer, claiming that the Christian lyrics of “Harapan Bangsa” insult Islam and show “insensitivity and disrespect” to those who are not Christians.

“I don’t want to comment on that. They can boycott as they like. It’s a free country…” Koh, who also oversees the Cabinet’s special interfaith panel, told The Malaysian Insider today when asked to comment on Perkasa’s move.

Following the attack on Jaclyn (picture) by conservative Muslims for the five-year-old song, government agency Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) and the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture have said they will investigate the song’s lyrics.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi had last week reportedly said that the Information Ministry and the Home Ministry should refer the song to JAKIM to determine if it “really touches on the issue of faith (akidah)”.

Perkasa’s attack comes as religious tension continues to be stoked in Malaysia as the 13th general election draws near, with political parties sparring over the issue of hudud laws and two MPs recently alleging that there is a plot to turn Malaysia into a Christian state.

Perkasa free to boycott singer Jaclyn Victor, says minister


Jaclyn, 34, became an overnight sensation after winning the inaugural Malaysian Idol in October 2004.
Her debut album, Gemilang, achieved gold status a week after its release. She has since gone from strength to strength and has built for herself a multiracial fan base.
At the time of writing, fz.com has been unable to reach the singer who is currently preparing for Muzika Ekstravaganza held tomorrow in Singapore. – FZ.com

Perkasa wants boycott of Jaclyn Victor

Posted on October 18, 2012

Jaclyn Victor’s song, Harapan Bangsa, is claimed by Perkasa as an insult to Islam.

By Stephanie Sta Maria

PETALING JAYA (Oct 18): Perkasa has called for a blanket boycott of local singer, Jaclyn Victor by Muslims nationwide over her song which it claims is an insult to Islam.

The song Harapan Bangsa was uploaded on YouTube on Jan 3, 2012 and contains religious connotations pertaining to the Christian faith.

It isn’t clear however when the song was recorded. None of her five albums released since 2004 includes Harapan Bangsa and the song isn’t listed as a single either.

The YouTube video was created by a Kathryn Barry and features images of Christianity, Malaysia and its various races with Harapan Bangsa as background accompaniment.

There were no images, however, of Jaclyn performing or recording the song in a studio. In an accompanying write-up, Barry said that she had created the video to “share this beautiful and meaningful song about Malaysia and Jesus”.
In a statement today, the right-wing Malay NGO said it condemned both Jaclyn and the songwriter for their “insensitivity and disrespect” to non-Christians in the country.
Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali referred to a particular line in the song that reads: “Bapa, engkau lah harapan negara ini” (Father you are the hope of the nation) and said that it was a clear insult to Islam as the country’s official religion.
“There is also another line that says “Kau lah satu-satunya harapan di bumi Malaysia” (You are the only hope on Malaysian soil) and this is insulting to all non-Christians since she refers to Malaysian soil,” he said.
“Do all Malaysians believe in and place their hope in Jesus? The songwriter should have been more aware of the fact that Malaysia is made up of more than just Christians and has a Muslim majority.”
Syed pointed out that yet another line says “Yesus engkau lah harapan segala bangsa” (Jesus, you are the hope of all races) and questioned why the lyrics were written as such since Muslims have never worshipped Jesus.
He then expressed bemusement over Jaclyn’s insensitivity towards her Malay fan base especially when her success rode on their shoulders.
“Perkasa is not seeking an apology from her,” Syed clarified. “What is needed is a compulsory boycott by all Muslims of her albums and performances nationwide.”

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