You know something has terribly gone wrong when every little thing becomes an insult, leading to this kind of thuggish display of sheer idiocy. Worse, done purportedly in the name of God.
(sensitivity overload, and more, in the full post)
What's interesting is that "Tanah Melayu" and not Malaysia is mentioned. Farish Noor recently wrote a two-part essay entitled Malaysia and the Myth of ‘Tanah Melayu’ (Part 1 and Part 2). The opening paragraph perhaps succintly describes the mindset/environment, when taken to an extreme, results in the idiocy exhibited in the video.
We are sustained by myths only as long as they are empowering, inspiring, instrumental and serve our interests; yet when those very same myths provide us with little else than the false comfort of an unreconstructed nostalgia for a past that never existed, then they turn into cages that imprison us for life.
(Source: Malaysia and the Myth of ‘Tanah Melayu’ - Part 1)
But then again, assuming that these are but misguided youth, who's responsible for misguiding them in the first place, if not for a very large segment of our own Malaysian politicians, whose mantra is race, religion, race? All the kids are doing is emulating what they see exhibited by authority figures. Granted, they've taken it to a new low.
But really, what you see in the YouTube video is an example of how things have gone terribly wrong in our country, fueled by the politics of race and religion.
Not exactly heart-warming to see on the eve of the Golden Jubilee of Merdeka, is it?