Michael Jackson was born this month (Aug 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) and his work influenced my world in many ways. Among them, it inspired me to write my call to action to all Malaysians who will be celebrating the country’s 53rd Merdeka Day. Feel free to sing, read, dance or attempt all to the tune that may or may not be familiar to you.
They told him membership fee’s cheaper this year,
Just come and show your face, oh throw away the fear
The hall is air-conditioned and the shelves are very near
So read it, just read it.
No need to run the librarians are quite bland,
But bring the books back late your money’s in a can
Soak knowledge like a sponge, and girls will think that you’re yum
So read it, you don’t wanna be dumb!
Just read it, read it-
No one wants to be illiterate
Showing how funky strong is your fight
But that just won’t matter if you can’t spell right
Just read it, just read it, just read it, just read it, read it ooh!
You have to show them that you really are smart
See two words – quit and quite – you can tell them apart
Tell them that you’re not loose, and you’ll never lose heart
So read it, who cares if you’re an upstart!
Just read it, read it
Let’s improve vocabulary
No need to run for Dovstoyevsky
Just get a copy of Body2Body
Read it, read it
No one wants to be illiterate (oh no)
Learn more new words, no matter right or wrong
Maybe one day you can write your own song
Just read, read it…… [until fade]
Let’s add more meaning to being independent by opening our minds to fresh ideas and read more different stuff. Go beyond newspapers and tabloid rags, Malaysia. Let’s read.