Malaysia attempts to claim Indonesian culture has reached new heights. This time they try to claim Pendet dance (Tari Pendet) to be a part of Malaysian heritage. Malaysia so far has claimed song, dance, and even island to be their property.
As much as I hate the pathetic attempt of a country claiming something that is not theirs and make it one of their own, I more hate Indonesians who mock Malaysians who are stealing their ancestor heritage (wait, that means I hate myself too?).
Anyway, it’s rather hypocrite for us isn’t it to be angry right now. Have we ever see Pendet dance actually? Do you always go to a museum or a traditional cultural event when you have the chance?
I bet the answer is No to once a year. You rather go to a concert to see live performance music. If it is a foreigner or from the USA, you’ll love it more. You don’t care if Wayang is in near of extinction because no one is interested to it anymore. No, you just like to have party and eat fast food instead of buying food from traditional market. Heck, even schools cultural event goes for rock n’ roll concert instead of showing traditional dance and music. Students love hot sexy dancers in cheerleading costume because it’s much more modern.
Now, you still have the nerve to say that Indonesia has the right to that culture? Wouldn’t it be better if Malaysia off to claim Indonesian culture rather than us letting our own culture to go extinct? At least those culture will be preserved better since Malaysian tourism is quite booming there, meaning that there is a better chance for the culture to be known internationally.