A demand urged by the association of Malaysian music industry employee to restrict the Indonesian songs played in Malaysia radio stations. I read this release at The Jakartapost. Not only do Indonesian migrant workers dominate Malaysia, but also it’s songs. It is said that bulk of Indonesia song is played in radio stations causing Malaysian songs less popular in its own land, hitting the Malaysian music industry.
It’s widely known that Indonesian song are very popular in Malaysia. Therefore, the association requests 90:10 ratio for Malaysian songs.
More than three decades ago, Malaysian who was a newly independent country, imported teachers from Indonesia. Now, its education qualification is better than Indonesia at average. There was an awareness that they needed improvement on human quality and the government was willing to move the political will by importing teacher from Indonesia.
The similar concern appears now in the art field. Realizing they only play a minor role in their own country, the association initiates govt to regulate the songs played by radio station. The ultimate goal is clear, they want to be the number one player in their own music field.
Let’s see if the govt will approve the request. Sometimes, art isn’t merely art. It’s also related with political move:)