Pak Samad labels Najib’s admin as ‘cruel’

Nigel Aw
Jul 14, 11
6:05pm
National laureate A Samad Said has called Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration ‘cruel’ for cracking down on last Saturday’s Bersih 2.0 rally.
A Samad Said’s Unggun Bersih:Semakin lara kita didera bara –
kita laungkan juga pesan merdeka:
Demokrasi sebenderang mentari
sehasrat hajat semurni harga diri.

Lama resah kita – demokrasi luka;
lama duka kita – demokrasi lara.
Demokrasi yang angkuh, kita cemuhi;
suara bebas yang utuh, kita idami!
Dua abad lalu Sam Adams berseru:
(di Boston dijirus teh ke laut biru):
Tak diperlu gempita sorak yang gebu,
diperlu hanya unggun api yang syahdu.

Kini menyalalah unggun sakti itu;
kini merebaklah nyala unggun itu.

KitaAkanSiasat: I loved the poem so much I can’t help but translate it into English.

Clean Bonfire (translated from ‘Unggun Bersih’ by A Samad Said)

Abused by embers, we’re all getting ill –
to call out to the message of independence,
We manage still democracy,
as brilliant as the sun yearning for the desire of sincere self-regard.

We’ve long been restless – democracy is wounded;
we’ve long been wounded – democracy is ill.
A supercilious democracy, disgusted us;
A strong voice of liberty, we desired!

Two centuries ago, Samuel Adams exclaimed
(in Boston where tea was poured into the blue sea):
We don’t need a loud fluffy cheerleading
What we need is just an eminent bonfire.

Let’s light up that sacred bonfire;
Let’s spread out that sacred flame.

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