Malaysia

Where’s the crime in ‘Ubah Rocket Style’ video, DAP asks

By Ida Lim
January 05, 2013

The launch of the “Ubah Rocket Style” video earlier this week. — file picThe launch of the “Ubah Rocket Style” video earlier this week. — file picKUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 — The DAP has defended its publicity video, “Ubah Rocket Style”, a parody of the Korean hit song “Gangnam Style”, insisting that no laws were broken despite the lodging of police reports against the party.

The opposition party’s video producers asked their detractors to show how “Ubah Rocket Style” had purportedly insulted the country’s leadership, even as the clip was criticised for its personal attacks that appeared to be aimed at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is not a politician.

Teo Nie Ching, the DAP assistant publicity secretary, said that the party’s video clip is open to interpretation.

“We didn’t specify who are the characters in the video. If they think we are referring to Rosmah or Najib, it’s up for their interpretation,” Teo, who is also one of the video’s assistant producers, told The Malaysian Insider today.

Today, there were a few Twitter users who re-tweeted that “DAP sebar video mencemarkan imej Rosmah dan Najib…laporan Polis dibuat!” (DAP releases video tarnishing the image of Rosmah and Najib…police report lodged!).

The video contained scenes alluding to the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, who was once mistress to political analyst and Najib’s former advisor, Abdul Razak Baginda. 

Teo suggested that it may be too much to expect authorities to act on every single video on the Internet, before saying there were similar videos such as those implying that Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim allegedly had an affair, and there should be no “double standards”.

The DAP had previously slammed its political foes for allegedly engaging in character assassination when allegations were hurled against Lim Guan Eng’s teenage son two years ago.

“In the video, we highlighted some of the scandals in our country,” Teo said, adding that these scandals existed before the “Ubah Rocket Style” video was produced.

The Serdang MP pointed out that since these scandals were not created by DAP, those who have lodged police reports were pointing at the wrong people.

Instead of pointing fingers at DAP, Teo said they should pay more attention to clarify scandals, which she said is a “better way to protect the reputation” of the country’s leaders.

The short video clip features scenes that allude to the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) scandal involving a RM250 million cattle-rearing project.

It also lampoons the government’s procurement of army equipment, including submarines and tanks, which the federal opposition has frequently claimed are overpriced while Putrajaya has defended the purchases by pointing to the equipment’s customisation.

The video has lyrics referring to the perceived high crime rate, high car prices, corruption and the controversial Lynas rare earth plant in Kuantan — all of which have been actively taken up by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in its electoral campaign against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Tony Pua, DAP’s publicity secretary, said those who lodged the police reports should point out the laws that the party has breached when making the video.

“Perhaps PPP (People’s Progressive Party) and the NGOs should enlighten us on the supposed law which the DAP has broken in the production of the parody ‘Ubah Rocket Style’ video. From the press reports, we are unfortunately unable to ascertain the laws which were broken over the alleged “insult”.

Pua, who is also the video’s executive producer, claimed that the police report is a “clear attempt to abuse the process to intimidate and threaten the opposition.”

“If PPP and the NGOs are unable to provide any proper basis for the reports, then perhaps the police should investigate them for the lodgement of frivolous reports [waste] the force’s precious time and resources.

“Even if no laws were broken, PPP and the NGOs should perhaps be more specific as to who exactly we have insulted and how we have “insulted” them. We’ll then look into whether their allegations have basis, that we have indeed insulted these leaders,” Pua told The Malaysian Insider when contacted yesterday.

On Friday, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) — Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRIMM) and the Malaysian Consumers Development Board (LPPM) — had lodged a police report here against DAP for purportedly tarnishing the image of Malaysian leaders.

On the same day, six NGOs — including IRIMM, Perkasa and Pekida — similarly lodged police reports in Penang over the video.

“The contents of the video showed that they (DAP) try to instil hatred among the multi-racial community against the country and they appeared desperate to win support by insulting the national leadership,” IRIMM general secretary Zainol Abidin Ahmad was reported saying by national news agency Bernama.

The “Ubah Rocket Style” video, which was produced in four languages, was launched on January 1 in DAP’s attempt to widen its support base ahead of Election 2013.