A Malay version of the CNY traditional song ‘Dong Dong Qiang’ has recently made rounds on the internet, with many praising the song for its creativity and showcasing the true Malaysia Family spirit.
The music video has been viewed for more than 188k times and is ranked #25 on YouTube’s trending music list since its release this week.
The video was produced by MVM Music and gathered a host of local celebrities including Ayie Floor 88, Harry Khalifah, Sarah Suhairi, Beby Acha, Lia Aziz, and Aidilia Hilda.
Some of them also wore traditional Chinese clothing such as the cheongsam while others wore red baju Melayu – a colour symbolising prosperity.
While the song was composed in Malay, certain Chinese phrases like ‘Dong Dong Qiang’ (traditional Chinese drum sound) and ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ (Wishing you prosperity) were peppered throughout it as well, making it very relatable to the Malaysian Chinese community.
The song also incorporated a multiracial tone using Malay phrases such as ‘Lain bangsa tapi bersama’, ‘Luar kita berbeza, hati tetapkan sama’ (Different race but the same; We’re different on the outside, but have the same heart).
Many netizens were touched by the video and thanked MVM Music for producing a song which united all Malaysians regardless of race, gender and social class.
One wrote that she was touched to see such performances and hoped that Malaysians will continue to live harmoniously with each other.
Another netizen suggested that all major festivals like Hari Raya, Deepavali, and Hari Gawai to be celebrated in the same fashion.
A netizen named Ethan L. wrote: “This is truly Malaysia. No one from anywhere else in the world can relate to such song[s]!”
Another named Galvin said that the song made him proud to be a Malaysian.
As for Awan, he believed that this was the best CNY song to ever be produced thus far.