“Sambal sama merah, pedasnya lain-lain”
I’ve got to admit that we may not have the coolest political scenario here but we can definitely pride ourselves in making sizzling hot advertisements – especially festive ones. I love this simple commercial for many reasons, but none more than how well it painted Malaysia as a nation. No matter how different we are as individuals, once you get us talking about food, you’ll find that we are all same-same lah.
While it is true that nasi lemak, char kway teow and roti canai should not be the only reason to love this country, but at the end of the day, these are the very – little and insignificant – social bridges that connect the different racial communities together. And that is the fabric of our society. We are a nation built on the basis that we are all different yet one at the same time. Embrace it – for better or worst, happy or sad – and we should never take this country for granted. Ever.
Now, where’s my plate of sambal fried rice?
Speaking of being proud Malaysians, a local group of young singers has recently embarked on a remarkable musical journey. Fresh from a hugely successful outing at the 6th World Choir Games, The Caipifruta Vocal Quartet with the assistance of The Actors Studio has recently put together a homecoming performance for the home audience. The quartet comprising singers Tracy Wong (soprano), Lai Suk Yin (mezzo-soprano), Aaron Teoh (tenor) and Joel Wong (baritone) has also recently released their debut EP, “Introducing… Caipifruta!”, features their unique interpretations of jazz and pop numbers such as When I Fall In Love, Blackbird, Hush Little Baby and also a P.Ramlee classic called Menceceh Bujang Lapuk.
The 7-track EP also contains an original composition by Tracy entitled KAMI, which is Malaysian for “us”. Its lyrics were penned by fellow food blogger and talented lass, Ryonn of Chaokar Smokes. I think the song is the perfect soundtrack to the country’s inaugural celebration of Malaysia Day. Click on the audio player below to listen to the superb vocal harmony of this quartet. The future already seems a lot brighter for them and for us with bright talents and citizens like these shining the way.
“Dulu Malaya, kini Malaysia,
Melayu, Cina, India pun ada,
Sungguh harmoni, sungguh persona
Hidup sini, oh, bahagia!”