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Farah 'Fairy' Mahdzan
(31-Mar-2002) | Readers Say
The Malaysian censorship board has struck once again! Sheila on 7's latest album launch was supposed to happen simultaneously in Indonesia and Malaysia mid-last month. However certain smart-asses in our beloved freedom-of-speech-enduring (read: not) country had decided that they didn't like the way these Yogyakarta boys were using a particular word in the chorus of their new single entitled Seberapa Pantas. The album release in Malaysia was thus delayed; a blow to many impatiently waiting SO7 fans, no doubt. We then sternly advised our Indonesian buddies to have the word changed appropriately or suffer the consequences of not being able to release the 07 Des album into the Malaysian market.
Here are two lines from the song that were causing much grief on the Malaysian side:
Celakanya Hanya kaulah yang benar-benar aku tunggu...
The word that we apparently had a problem with was Celaka. Celaka. Celaka.
The use of this word is yet another reminder of how the Malaysian Malay languague usage differs from that of Indonesia's. Just a simple word makes the delay of the production and timely release of a few thousand copies of an album, a business transaction gone wasted.
What does celaka mean anyway? If you look the word up, there are several meanings for the word. According to my trusty Bahasa Melayu (Malaysia dan Indonesia) dictionary Kamus Lengkap (Penyunting Drs. Awang Sudjai Hairul and Yusoff Khan), Celaka primarily means unlucky, unfortunate, disaster (sial, malang, tidak baik), which was the implication that Eross (the song writer for Seberapa Pantas) had intended for the meaning in his lyrics. The third definition in the dictionary barulah "seruan yang menyatakan kemarahan, kekecewaan dan lain lain."
We in Malaysia consider celaka an obscene word, an insult, something along the likes of damn you, to hell with you (in other words, pegi mampus lah kau). Our reasoning for censoring the word was to supposedly discourage young SO7 fans from repeating the word when they memorize the song lyrics.
I suppose we were thinking that by doing this, we could all save our nation from succumbing to a morality downfall of our young generation. Oh, we don't want little Siti Aminah skipping down the street happily singing "Celakanya Hanya kaulah yang benar-benar aku tunggu..." We in Malaysia get to buy and sing the boring revised version of the song: "Sayangnya Hanya kaulah yang benar-benar aku tunggu..."
The SO7 boys must be grumbling about this one. Penat penat je aku recording suara aku sedap untuk lagu tu, Duta (SO7 lead singer) must be thinking. Orang Malaysia leceh betul. Tapi to be all diplomatic and all, dia orang pun kenalah tukar lirik tu or risk losing fans in Malaysia. (But then again I don't think they will lose their Malaysian fans lah, I know how SO7 fans here are. They'll do anything to grab hold of a SO7 album, even if they had to swim across Selat Melaka to Medan to go and buy the damn CD.) It just means that it will be hard to mass market the album if they ignored to change the word.
However I also hear that Malaysian artists who wish to promote their albums in Indonesia have to sometimes go through lyric-rewording changes. So I suppose it's only fair that we give Indons a hard time with this issue in particular. An eye for and eye lah.
I think the Indonesians are laughing at us about this one (I know my Indo friends in the music business are!). Kasian deh. Karena celakanya doank jadi begini? I suppose they're having a hard time thinking that celaka means anything more than misfortune, and not necessarily an insult entirely.
Of course you can't expect this "Celakanya-Sayangnya" change to not affect SO7's Seberapa Pantas video clip, can you? Everytime Duta sings "Sayangnya" for the video clip in Malaysia, takkan lah nak still reflect his lips mouthing "Celakanya" kot? So do they reshoot the video clip? Of course not, why be stupid. Just replace that part with some 3-second scene to cut out Duta's singing. Voila. Instant repackaging for Malaysian TV screens.
This recent SO7-album-release-delay incident is also another constant reminder of how teratur and conservative Malaysia is berbanding Indonesia. Duta always sports an eyebrow (alis-Indo, kening-Malay) ring, though I can't remember whether it was on his left or right. Apparently for the video clip, he took it off because he knew the clip was to be sent to Malaysia. Know why?
"Di Malaysia, laki-laki dilarang pakai anting," according to Jan Djuhana Senior A&R Director for Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia. (Source.)
My God, I forgot we are that conservative. No earrings and long hair for male artists for Malaysian public television broadcast.
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#48. BUAAT DUTAA TOLONG DONG GAYA LU KAYA DULU LAGI
#47. yo wats up sheila geng..i think the latest album is quit good..1st side best bangat sbb bnyk lagu yg dhasilkan mngandungi lirik2 yg puitis.thanks to eross pling pnting.sumbangannya begitu menakjubkan.but 2nd side is little bit bored.walaucamnapun sheila on 7 is the best band that i have ever met.congratulation to all of you.truskan p'juangan anda tanpa klibat anton terhebat...
#46. apa benar "pejantan tangguh" diganti menjadi "pria terhebat" ??, trus gimana liriknya, kan jadi aneh dengernya.
#45. hello ...
#44. Hi.. Mana nak beli OST Ada Apa Dgn Cinta kat KL arr???
#43. ahaks...tak acilah...hmm...end of this month?yeah why not? i'm serious! hehe...no clips? do u have any source to get it maybe? my gf wants it badly...
#42. Leif, sorry but I decided not to sell off my So7 album, got nostalgic reasons(!). But if you wanna wait till end of the month I can see if I can get another copy for you. If you are really seriouslah.
#41. Leif email me to find out how much.
#40. fairy!!! how much for a cd??? do u know where to find SO7's vclips collection dvd/vcd?
#39. I still feel that we are being overcharged for the new Sheila on 7 here in Malaysia. Ridiculous.
But if you're a So7 fan, you definitely must add this album to your collection. If not what good is it that you call yourself a Sheilagenk, betul tak? Hehe.
#38. i rase lagu dalam 07 des pon ok gak..tapi sebab kita still lagi teringatkan kehebatan kisah klasik..tu yg rase cam 07 des ni kureng skit..tapi lagu dier best2...cuba dengar banyak kali..lagu tunjukkan padaku,pria kesepian,mari bercinta,trimakasih bijaksana...and lots more pon bagus...ada variety pasal semua member so7 ader lagu sendiri...anyway i beli album ni 42 bucks..dapat poster..but kalau nak yang murah..boleh beli kat carrefour..they cut down the price..$2-3 lesser than usual price.so..check it out!!
#37. Harga album So7 di M'sia? I checked kat One Utama semalam, Jaya Jusco and Salem Powerstation: RM42.00 for CD and RM16.90 for kaset. Cekik darah! My God, what a hike up!
#36. yeap. terpikir2. haa..ada #indomp3. so apa lagi. mk, the journey to banting was damn long, man. terasa mcm balik kampung lak. hehe *terasa sbb i yang best tido dlm keta*
#35. Can you freakin' blame us for falling asleep on the way to (crikey) Banting? We were all bored out of our eyes heading for some unknown place, almost felt Twilight Zonish there for a minute!
#34. Lovely town sampai korang bantai tidur on the way there.
#33. ebb, smart of you to get it from #indomp3. No problah pasal intro you kat SO7, lambat laun you would have picked it up yourself. Yes it was at Banting the concert. "lovely" town wouldn't you say? Hehe.
#32. oh, thanks to fai for introducing me to SO7 and to MK sebab bawak kitaorg gi tgk SO7 kat Banting dulu. err..Banting kan?
#31. manage to d/l Seberapa Pantas kat #indomp3. Original version, cd quality lagi. damn nicelah the song.
#30. hmmm..... i think the best album of so7 was still the kisah klasik (2nd album)..... i don't know why i like that album so much. i think this des 07 was different ....out from so7 style of music.... that i can said... you know.... it's more into ballads not funky - punky anymore... may be i'm just too early to accept new music from them..... what's your opinion???
#29. hehe, btul tu rafthah, my fren dah ade slamat down load semua lagu n burn, takyah beli, ches.
#28. I think Za should tackle SO7 from their debut album first, so I would recommend listening to:
#27. hee za.. why dont u try seberapa pantas, bapak bapak(hehe dis song sounds so cute), mari bercinta, seandainya, hmm per lagi eih.. well nih my recommendation la.. beli la album yang ori.. lagi puas hati.. kan kan kan
#26. hey guys is it okay to ask what your top 5 favorite S07 songs are ? sounds more like a topic in a discussion board than an article comment .. but I'm just curious y'know. btw, I'm new here .. the name's Za
#25. Wow, album SO7 yang baru lebih laku dari pisang goreng panas tuh, sampaikan stock di KLCC habis kering kontang! nurull sempat beli tak album tu?
#24. MK84: thanx so muuuch for the info
#23. aha..funny but true..tickel..tickle..
#22. Bomerang rock ballads agak ngeblues sedikit..
#21. nurull, can't remember the name of the shop, but it's somewhere in the middle of Pertama. Quite big jugak the shop, they have concert/karaoke VCDs in front usually.
#20. epigo ngomong soal Boomerang CD mereka ada tuh di sini? Actually kan, rock kapak Melayu banyak yang punya image seperti group Boomerang itu (Boomerang ni heavy metal or hard rock Indo group lah jugak for those yang tak kenal). Bingung deh.
#19. teringat lah pulak.. pokemon pun almost kena ban sebab di khuatiri ada unsur unsur khinzir.. pas tuh ada somebody tanya how about miss piggy in sesame street?
#18. tiba2 teringat issue group Dewa di m'sia tak lama dulu..diorang hampir2 di ban di m'sia just because of nama group diorang Dewa..yerrggg..ntah pape ntah!!
#17. ili, dun forget we can dload the mp3's n burn em to cd's *heh*
#16. no earrings, no long hairs, no tatoo hahahaha... wah Boomerang tak kan pernah kesana hahaha kan all the members long hairs, lalu pake earings dan bertatoo hahahaha berarti no tabloid rock in Msia hahahaha
#15. they can snip, cut, ban and do whatever they want, but, the gov has to realise that we're not kids, there's always a way to do things. Tak versi cetak rompak, boleh beli kat indo je, plus mungkin ade record stores yg bawak straight frm indo, who knows.
#14. Heh... so what else is new...
#13. i was wondering as well why u guys didnt get good fridays off. now i know it hahahaha
#12. Teman-teman Indonesia ku sekalian, ketahuilah bahawa perkataan CELAKA itu adalah satu perkataan carut (insult) di sini. Jadi jangan sekali-kali ngomong Celaka sebarangan di sini, bisa ditabuk tuh sama orang!
#11. WHAT????? I just couldn't believe it!!!!!!!
#10. this is the longest they've ever wrote but it doesnt make senses at all why they do it any way.. Basiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
#8. rafthah: ur right my dear...memang kadang2 nampak pihak2 tertentu tu seperti double-standard..especially bile melibatkan org/artis luar..dunno why?!~ ::sigh::
#7. Iano, I forgot that we do have a statement from Menteri Penerangan about male artists not allowed to wear earrings and sport long hair on TV, so I rewrote the conclusion for this article a lil' bit.
#6. Rafthah: You have a good point there...
#5. the artists in msia yang tak dibenarkan pakai anting2 n rambut panjang, i think i remember watching awie n amy i think on rtm, acara POTONG rambut wahahahaha
#4. Nurull: Your point is right on the money...my money that is..
#3. wow..kewl arguments..!!~ memang at first i pon x berapa puas hati dengan tindakan pihak m'sia..but after giving a second thought on the issue..ada betul nya jugak tindakan diorang tu..sebab as we all know..fans so7 terdiri dari pelbagai peringkat umur..dari yg belum sekolah sampai la yang beranak pinak..jadi..agak kurang sesuai utk gune word 'celakanya' nya tu di sini..since the meaning of the word usually refers to sesuatu yang negative..mebbe utk peringkat umur kita masih ok lagi..tapi utk golongan kanak2 tu..rasanya memang tak sesuai sebab diorang of course belum betul2 faham dan tak dapat membezakan maksud celakanya dalam dictionary dengan word celaka dalam wording 'Seberapa Pantas' tu..
#2. As for the word Celakanya, that's a toughy. Personally I dont see why it's kurang sopan to have that in the song.
#1. I think the rambut panjang and anting anting bit was set by the Kementrian Penerangan back in the early 90s.
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