JAPANESE actress Mao Urata, 31, decided to wear a Malay dress and record a Hari Raya song popularised by Saloma (pic) to mark the festive occasion, Harian Metro reported.
What’s more surprising is that Mao, who is from Tokyo, is not even fluent in Bahasa Malaysia nor has she set foot in Malaysia.
“I never learned the Malay language but listened to the song repeatedly in YouTube and learned it from there.
“For me, most Hari Raya songs played in Malaysia are almost similar to the melody of popular Japanese songs during the Showa era.
“That is why I feel such songs, particularly Saloma’s, is close to me,” Mao was quoted as saying.
The actress, who starred in the Kamen Rider Zi-Q series last year, was given the dress by a friend in Malaysia for the recording.
Mao said she took a week to practise singing the song and was satisfied with the recording, although she did admit to some shortcomings.> The tabloid also reported that a news presentation slip-up by local actress Stacy, when she mispronounced the Malay term “pertubuhan” (association) as “persetubuhan” (having sex), went viral on social media.
Even the 29-year-old Sabah lass, whose real name is Ummu Shaikhah Stacy Anam, shared her gaffe on Sunday’s Komuniti Awani segment on Instagram.
The actress, who is also popular for her song Cakap Ke Tangan, said she found it difficult to read the news in Malay and her strong Sabah accent made it even more complicated.
“I apologise for the error,” she said, adding that she also mispronounced several other words during the recording resulting in laughter in the recording studio.
The recording garnered over 40,000 views and 3,000 comments on social media, describing her antics as cute and funny.