Video of Myanmar teacher dancing to coup backdrop becomes viral sensation


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Feb 2021

PETALING JAYA: While the dramatic events unfolding in Myanmar eventually led to the announcement of a year-long state of emergency, one extraordinary video has surfaced and taken the Internet by storm.

Set against a dystopian backdrop of black armoured vehicles and tanks driving up to Myanmar’s Parliament building, the video features a spirited teacher’s energetic aerobics routine to the tune of Ampun Bang Jago, a song by Indonesian artistes Tian Storm and Ever Slkr, made popular by TikTok.

With military vehicles whizzing past in the background, Khing Hnin Wai continues hitting every beat, occasionally throwing out tiny punches and hitting rhythmic side shuffles in the three-and-a-half-minute video.

The video, originally uploaded to Khing’s Facebook page, has now garnered over 50,000 likes and 16,000 shares on Facebook alone.

On other social media platforms such as Twitter, the video has also been shared extensively by netizens worldwide, launching Khing to international fame in less than a day.

Netizens have also been quick to point out the irony of the situation, given that the song she was dancing to, Ampun Bang Jago, is a phrase commonly used by Indonesians to mock arrogant people or those who think too highly of themselves.

Twitter user @jawadywn said: “The song makes it 100x funnier”, while @fwong said: “This may be the single greatest shot in the history of cinema.”

Khing, a physical education teacher, has been regularly practising in that same spot for 11 months now, according to her Facebook page.

In a newer post, she uploaded close to a dozen other videos of her performing equally spirited aerobic routines in the months prior and tagged on an explanation for doing so.

Khing said she is practising for a fitness dance competition. She also explained that she thought it was going to be just another normal morning and did not realise that these events would happen.

On Monday (Feb 1), a year-long state of emergency was declared in Myanmar hours after leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling National League for Democracy party were detained in an early morning raid.

Myanmar's army has reportedly stated that power was handed to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing.

The move comes after days of escalating tension between the civilian government and the powerful military that stirred fears of a coup in the aftermath of an election which the army said was fraudulent.

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