A conversation with a Malaysian Song


Azmyl Yunor

Malaysian Song notes how Malaysians go all mushy and proud when a foreigner or non-native speaks or sings in Malay, but the novelty wears off when a local sings it. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, April 1, 2022.

AFTER the pleasant chance meeting with Malaysian Film last week at my morning wet market, it reminded me that I should catch up with Malaysian Song if I knew him. 

Decidedly masculine, a gentleman, and proud of his male pronoun, I first met Malaysian Song back in the early 2000s backstage at a poetry reading event in Kuala Lumpur in an old colonial bungalow converted into an arts centre. 


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