We already know that the news that has been out there is that Malaysia is claiming Tari Pendet to be one of Malaysian heritage. However, we are not provided with much detail of who specifically is claiming one of Indonesian heritage as one of theirs or their specific comment that stated that they are claiming Tari Pendet to be one of theirs.
So, my curiosity led me to a search of how it actually happened. After searching in some popular online news that I think is credible, it turns out that it is just a big misundertanding. The thing is that the suspect that is stating that Tari Pendet belongs to Malaysia was never presented. All there was just a minute of tourism commercial from some institute that shows a clip of Tari Pendet in a part of that commercial.
It turned out that Indonesians suspected that Malaysia is being hostile by robbing what is not theirs. The truth is that the Malaysian government was never involved in this and being mature as they can be, they will clarify this situation as soon as possible. Okay, momentary setback here. So all the time we’ve been claiming that Malaysians is a Tari Pendet thief, is a doing of a private comercial institute who show their commercial with a clip of Tari Pendet on it?
Rather ridiculous isn’t it? There were no statement implying that tari pendet is being claimed by Malaysia. All there was is just a clip who then prejudicially interpreted as Malaysia stealing Indonesia heritage. I thought every country has the right to practice other country’s heritage and that is what Malaysia is doing. I think we have to rethink what the media is feeding us because honestly, Indonesian mass media has the tendency to stir up mass panic in order to get their ratings high.