PETALING JAYA: Students have a new song to sing during school assembly.
Education director-general Tan Sri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said Aku Negaraku will be sung in all national schools, in addition to the national anthem Negaraku, as well as the state and school songs.
“Aku Negaraku has a contemporary beat and hopes to inspire positive thinking and patriotism among teachers and students.
“It is part of the national initiative to boost the spirit and love for Malaysia, mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,” he said during the launch of the song in SMK Damansara Utama.
Dr Khair joined students and teachers in singing Aku Negaraku during assembly.
“Compared to the national anthem, which is solemn, this song is cool and catchy for today’s generation,” he said.
He said the important thing was its lyrics.
“I hope students will appreciate and understand the message contained in the verses when they sing them,” he said.
“Schools play an important role in instilling individuals with a sense of patriotism,” he added.
Aku Negaraku is composed by Audi Mok and its lyrics are by Shazee Ishak and Ad Samad.