KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 — Local rapper Altimet will give all of the royalties from his song Aduh Malaysia to Tan Sri P. Ramlee’s descendants.
“Aduh Malaysia is inspired by the music of Ramlee's popular comedy Ali Baba Bujang Lapok, therefore it rightfully belongs to his heirs,” tweeted Altimet on Thursday (December 8).
The entertainer was responding to a Twitter user who urged him to collect his royalties from his song used at Perikatan Nasional (PN)'s winning rally in Padang Serai.
“The more people sing this song, the more royalties the family gets. So thank you, everyone,” said Altimet, whose real name is Syed Ahmad Abdul Rahman Alhadad.
The lyrics and melody were inspired by P. Ramlee’s song Hoi Hoi Ya Hoi from his 1961 classic film Ali Baba Bujang Lapok.
“I think it’s good that all the political parties are using my song, not just Pakatan Harapan (PH),” the rapper told Malay Mail.
“As long as the message of the song is heard and understood by the people, it has fulfilled its purpose.”
The anti-corruption track became one of PH’s unofficial ‘theme songs’ during the 15th general election (GE15), debuting at the Rapat Mega Keadilan event on September 12.
It was sung by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during many of his rallies across Malaysia.
Many Malaysians interpreted Aduh Malaysia to be a jab at Barisan Nasional (BN).
During a victory rally at Kulim Hi-Tech Sports Complex in Kedah, Aduh Malaysia was ironically used by PN supporters after PN won over PH’s longstanding constituency.
@wuuyuung Jawapan dari Anak muda InsyaAllah #P017 #padangserai #perikatannasional #Pas #Fyp #berandatiktok #malaysia #alhamdulillah original sound - Lenot
Altimet currently serves as an active member of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), which he joined on April 1, 2021.