KUALA KLAWANG, 27 April 2009: The Information, Communication and Culture Ministry will launch a contest to identify the best composer for the 1Malaysia song.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said just like other songs that inculcate patriotism in their composition, especially songs like Budi Bahasa Budaya Kita and those that promote reading, the ministry also wanted the 1Malaysia song lyrics to attract listeners.
“God willing, I hope we can get a good response from composers and we hope to pick the best composition,” he told reporters after attending a dinner hosted by Kelab Rekreasi Warga Tua, Kuala Klawang here last night.
Dr Rais who is also Jelebu Member of Parliament said the song would represent all races.
The 1Malaysia song, to be in composed in Bahasa Malaysia, would be widely aired on all TV and radio stations according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s wishes.
Dr Rais also said he was surprised with his appointment to the Umno supreme council by Najib, who is also Umno president, on 24 April.
“I did not expect to be among those appointed but I am deeply honoured with the announcement and hope to do my very best to strengthen the party,” he said. — Bernama