The politics of revisiting ‘Woodstock’

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Apparently inspired by the historic Woodstock concert that was held in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969 (see above), Malay-rights group Perkasa plans to organise a 24-hour concert, among other exciting things, at the end of this year to jolt Malaysian youths from their political inertia especially those so-called fence sitters.

Apart from promoting patriotism among the youths, Perkasa also claims that this proposed concert is one way of showing to the public that it is not a racist group as it is often made out to be by certain members of the general public.

And how’s that can be achieved? By inviting youths from all ethnic backgrounds to the concert, says its Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Haniffah.

The political landscape of the country has certainly changed drastically over the years, and this transformation may well be reflected in the songs to be sung in the concert.

Perhaps as an opening act, a rock band may want to belt out an old number, ‘Jump’, to introduce to the seemingly politically unexcited youths about the new politics of Leapfrogging in the country.


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