Amirudin Hizadin's star shone today when the ‘Mana Hilang 2.6 Bintang’ singer-songwriter performed his latest song in the presence former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
While the title of the song ‘Korupsi Kuku Besi’ (Corrupt Dictator) may see some members of the audience shifting in their seats, Amirudin told Malaysiakini that it is just a working title.
Amirudin said he is actually a great admirer of Mahathir and felt honoured by the invitation to perform at the second annual Malaysia’s War on Corruption Symposium.
“The lyrics and title of my newest song have yet to be finalised.
“I received an invitation from the organiser two days ago and I was told to compose a song that touches on corruption,” he said when contacted.
Following his performance, Amirudin said he was asked for the title of his song, so he made one up on the spot.
“Even the song and the lyrics are not finalised. I just finished it this morning,” he said, adding that it was just his general thoughts on the subject of corruption.
Mahathir was present to officiate at the symposium and deliver his keynote address.
“One of the last verses in this song was inspired by Mahathir’s own words, ‘perjuangan kita belum selesai’ (our struggle is not over),” he said.
“There should be no issue (on the title) because I had even openly told Tun Mahathir that I am inspired by his principles and charisma,” he added.
Amirudin’s ‘Mana Hilang 2.6 Bintang’ made references to the RM2.6 billion found in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's bank accounts and became a internet sensation with 394,000 views to date.
In an interview with Malaysiakini , the 23-year-old said he was just expressing his sadness about the state of the nation, and that he is apolitical.
Terkejar-kejar dari tempat kerja.
Cari rezeki untuk sisa yang ada.
Tetapi yang makin kaya, semakin kaya.
Jangan disini, jangan juga disana, jika tak beri duit kopi bawah meja.
Tapi tak apa, harga dunia, arah kiblatnya.
Korupsi, sang kuku besi, bagi makan anak bini, masuk ke poket sendiri.
Korupsi, sang kuku besi bila bertemu ilahi berita syurga kamu sendiri
Terkejar-kejar cari harta dunia
Hingga terlupa Tuhan Yang Maha Kaya
Rasuah sudah biasa darah dagingnya
masa dunia cita ingin dicapai
walau dijalan namun masih tak sampai
anak muda perjuangan kita belum selesai
Korupsi sang kuku besi bagi makan anak bini masuk ke poket sendiri
Korupsi sang kuku besi bila bertemu ilahi berita syurga kamu sendiri