Asmawi Ani, better known as Mawi, has recently come under fire for a duet he did more than a decade ago.
The person in question? Rosmah Mansor, who was selected to lend her vocals on the track “Lara Jiwa”. Ever since last week’s 14th Malaysian general election took place on 9th May, both Rosmah and former Prime Minister Najib Razak have been under intense scrutiny.
Shocked at the re-mergence of the old music video, the Malaysian singer defended himself saying that “Lara Jiwa” was recorded back in 2005. This happened not long after he won the 3rd season of reality-singing competition “Akademi Fantasia”. Therefore, this song shouldn’t be politicised.
When Harian Metro reached out to the 37-year-old entertainer, he said, “I understand that the GE14 has just taken place. So naturally, netizens may dig up old records again – particularly artists that were involved with the previous leader.”
Mawi even told the publication that he wouldn’t mind re-editing the track, but urge the public not to create unnecessary drama out of nothing. In case you don’t know, “Lara Jiwa” was a charity theme song intended for Kedah’s Natural Disaster Association Fund.
Last night (Sunday, 13th May), the singer took to his Instagram account to share screenshots of the article from Harian Metro, while thanking writer Sudirman Mohd Tahir. Many fans have since suggested for Mawi to record the track with another artist.
Watch the music video here: