So this morning when the unstable dorm internet can only turn up youtube and blogger on my computer I started wondering aimlessly (exam's over, for the time being). I might have shared this one song during my previous post, but the simple lyrics hit me hard again this time. Partly because I'm destined to become a Malaysian working abroad myself, and that I made a promise to return home one day, no matter if my medical degree is not recognized or how harsh the conditions are. I can very easily camouflage and mingle in with the locals here. I can very easily learn their ways of expression, share their taste for bland food, learn their hardcore studying methods. But I figure I can never leave my roots in Malaysia, or Penang for that matter. So, quoting the lyrics (though things seem real bad right now) "but my heart lies waiting, over the foam. I still call 'Malaysia' home!"
What hit me this morning was a simple song by Peter Allen, an Australian whose homesickness churned up 'I Still Call Australia Home'. Magnificently popularized by Qantas after his death, this song had been with the Australian airline for more than a decade.
To all overseas Malaysians, listen to the lyrics. To the Malaysian government, please stop tobogganing around and practice good governance. I'm sure a large fraction of the 785,000 overseas Malaysians yearn to come home, it's just the protectionist and nepotistic people in Putrajaya that's impeding them.
1997 "I Still Call Australia Home" - jazzy solo, all Australian singers. A 3-minute TV commercial costs two fortunes then, I imagine.
1998 "I Still Call Australia Home" featuring Australian Girls Choir and National Boys Choir. The most expensive Australian ad ever made (USD 3 million). Note the still standing World Trade Center in New York.
2004 "I Still Call Australia Home" by the aforementioned choir. This time it sounded more like a pop jingle, but still countless beautiful scenes from Qantas' destinations.
2009 "I Still Call Australia Home" with stronger emphasis on Australia's outback and deserts. The choir is less impressive this time but the message is clear enough.
Let all overseas Malaysians not lose heart in their homeland. And that 'someday we'll all be together once more', working and fighting for a country we truly call home.