Your Weekend Entertainment: With YUNA

February 15, 2014

Your Weekend Entertainment: With YUNA

In the 1970s, a young artiste from Johor achieved a great success as an entertainer abroad. He gained fame in PARIS, France. He is Shake (and later Dato Shake). Here is the song, Tu sais je t’aime, that him brought into the limelight in Europe. Dr. Kamsiah and I met him a few years back at the wedding of a friend’s daughter when he performed this song.  There was no turning back for him, and we wish him well.

imageDr Kamsiah and Din Merican

Dato Shake

Dato Shake in 2011

Recently, a teenager, whose parents are our close friends introduced us to a young lass from Subang Jaya who is a singing sensation in the US. She is YUNA, and for this weekend’s entertainment we feature her exclusively starting  with Gelora Jiwa, her tribute to the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee. We hope you like our selection.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican


Extra- KRU and P. Ramlee-Getaran Jiwa

Repeat Performance–Katrina Dahari

Your Final 2013 Weekend Entertainment

December 28, 2013

Your Final 2013 Weekend Entertainment


Din and Kam2This is the final weekend for 2013. We think it is appropriate to close our 2013 weekend entertainment session by bringing back some great ladies of song of a bygone era. Let us start with Joni James, followed by Doris Day. And then we bring on Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. You will probably agree with us these personalities, each in her inimitable style, have left an indelible mark on modern popular music and jazz.

Please have  a good New Year. Despite the tough times ahead, we all have the strength of character to withstand the pressures that can come with the rising cost of living.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Joni James

Doris Day

Rosemary Clooney

Ella Fitzgerald

Dinah Washington

Your Weekend Entertainment: Let’s Go Country

November 23, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment: Let’s Go Country

Kamsiah and Din2It is the weekend again. Dr. Kamsiah and I have chosen to play some country hits for you, our friends and associates. For this purpose, we shall start with Slim Whitman, the yodeling cowboy who is Din’s favorite country and western entertainer of the 1950s. He is followed by the great Johnny Cash who was dominant in country music in 1960s and 1970s. Rickey Van Shelton is next. Although less known in Malaysia, Ricky has a fabulous voice. Listen especially to his rendition of From a Jack to a King and you will know he is very popular in the US. 

Finally we bring on John Denver who passed on tragically in a plane crash some years ago. We dedicate Take Me Home, Country Roads to our very good friend, Ambassador John R. Malott and his dog, Max. We also take this opportunity to wish him and all our friends in the US happy Thanksgiving.  It is appropriate for that occasion for us to feature Placido Domingo and John Denver rendering Perhaps Love. Great weekend to all, wherever you may be at this time.–Dr.Kamsiah and Din Merican

Slim Whitman

Johnny Cash

Ricky Van Shelton

John Denver

Weekend Entertainment: The Fabulous Voices from Nusantara

November 16, 2013

Weekend Entertainment: The Fabulous Voices from Nusantara

Well, we are back with music for the weekend. HowKamsiah and Din quickly time flies as we pass September and are now midway in November, 2013. Dr Kamsiah and I feel the time is right for us to feature the fabulous voices from Nusantara. Appropriately, we start with Sheila Majid, the first Lady of Malaysian Jazz with her popular hits, one of which is a tribute to the incomparable P. Ramlee. Ruth Suhanaya follows with 3 songs that made her famous and popular in her country and Malaysia.

Din brings back his favourite Indonesian pop artist of the 1960s, Lilis  Suryani and dedicates Titiek Puspa’s Kupu Kupu Malam to Semper Fi who is in far away Los Angeles.  Relax and enjoy yourselves. We leave politics aside briefly.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Sheila Majid

Ruth Sahanaya

Lilis Suryana

Titiek Puspa sings Semper Fi’s Favorite

Extra–Billy Paul

Weekend Entertainment: Back t0 the Good Old Days

November 9, 2013

Weekend Entertainment: Back t0 the Good Old Days

Dr. Kamsiah and I feel that for this weekend’s DDM and DDKamsiahentertainment we should go back in time–to 1960s and 1970s–and feature the voices of Malaysian singers like Ahmad Daud Hashim, Zain Azman, Zainal Abu and Wan Salman. Let us not forget Johor born Dato Shake who found fame and fortune in Paris, France with his hit song, Tu sais je t’aime. We think it is also appropriate to feature Kembara and M.Nasir who made the pop charts in 1970s with their hit song, Express Rakyat.

May the tunes we present for listening pleasure bring back sweet memories of what used to be the simple life of the average Malaysian. Keep well. 2013 is nearing its end and we must now reflect on what 2014 will bring us.–Dr Kamsiah and Din Merican

Ahmad Daud Hashim

Zain Azman

Zainal Abu

Wan Salman

Dato Shake

Kembara and M. Nasir

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure

October 12, 2013

For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure

It’s the weekend again. Dr Kamsiah and I have chosen to bring in two ddm and kghlegends of music, Paul McCartney and Barbara Streisand. We also present a tribute to George Harrison of The Beatles. Let us have a good weekend by listening to some wholesome music.

May the music lift up our spirits when conventional wisdom tells that this is not the time to relax given the state of our country, especially when we know that the same faces from UMNO will be re-elected at the party elections. Both Khairy Jamaluddin and Shahrizat A Jalil are UMNO Youth Leader and Wanita UMNO Chief respectively. We can be certain that Zahid Hamidi will be one of the Vice Presidents.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Paul McCartney at The White House

Barbara Streisand

In Honour of George Harrison

Your Entertainment for the Weekend

October 5, 2013

Your Entertainment for the Weekend

DDM and DDKamsiahWe start this weekend’s musical entertainment with Tony Bennett, the man with a golden voice. He was recently in Kuala Lumpur where he performed for his Malaysian fans. Unfortunately, we were not at this sold out concert to listen to Tony live.

After Mr. Bennett, we feature the King of Rock N Roll, Elvis Presley, with some his familiar songs. Both Elvis Presley and Johnny Mathis are featured here from the first time and we hope their songs can bring back fond memories of those times when our hearts were young and gay. Earl Grant who is an organist and pianist with a great voice sings three songs that have been identified with him. Enjoy yourself and relax. –Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Tony Bennett

Elvis Presley

Johnny Mathis

Earl Grant


October 6, 2013

We thought of Ahmad Daud and Zain Azman. Semper Fi remembers them just as much as Din does.

–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Weekend Entertainment

September 29, 2013

Weekend Entertainment

Ah, Sunday is upon us again. Before Dr. Kamsiah and I get carried with political developments in Malaysia and around the world, let us take a break to listen to some great entertainers of our time. We would like to bring to you some of our favorites who are no longer with us but they have individually and collectively left their footprints in the sands of time through their voices and music.


Here Dr. Kamsiah and I are talking about Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Samy Davies Jr. So let us get started with Din’s favourite signature tune by Mr. Crosby title What Life is all about. It reminds him of his dream ride on the kerbau with friends into Neverland. Great weekend to all of you and thanks for supporting this blog with your comments.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Bing Crosby

Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin

Samy Davies Jr

Your Weekend Entertainment

September 22, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment: Featuring Nat and Natalie Cole

Dr Kamsiah and DMFor this sabbath morning, we feature Nat King Cole and his lovely daughter, Natalie Cole. You can note that Natalie has the talent of her late father (dec. 1965) and more. Also please listen to our special guest Billy Paul’s rendition of Me and Mrs. Jones  So let us start the music as the show must go on, despite the dirty politics we witness everyday here in Malaysia.

Expect more in the coming month since UMNO goons will be in town in their suits and blazers with laptops, state of the art handphones and generous pocket money from candidates for elected posts. They will be at the UMNO General Assembly, Putra World Trade Center,Kuala Lumpur. While they will be backstabbing one another and shouting ultra Malay nationalist sentiments, they are doing multimillion ringgit deals with gullible Chinese businessmen. It is very comical to see this Malay sandiwara and wang kulit (see pic below). All the best.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican


Nat King Cole

Natalie Cole

Billy Paul–Me and Mrs Jones

Let us have some entertainment this weekend

September 14, 2013

Let us have some entertainment this weekend


Dr.Kamsiah and I have not been in the right frame of mind for manyddm and kgh weeks because of what is happening to our country. Our politics sucks, but nothing is more ridiculous than the conduct of our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad at the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Project IC hearings a few days ago.

Mahathir lied and lied; he was in contempt and then he went on to insult our intelligence with his cynicism. Yet no one at the RCI including the Commissioners dared to warn him that he was under oath to tell the truth, nothing but the truth. Sad indeed. But because of persistent requests to resume my DJ role, I have chosen some tunes for you. I am unable to consult my better half.

Dr. Kamsiah is away in Lisbon, Portugal and will be very shortly will be taking  the plane on the way home after attending an intensive course at the Palo Clinic for the last week. I will be reunited with her tomorrow when she arrives at KLIA at 15.00 hrs.

Let us start with one of my favourite tunes, the one from Vince Hill. I also feature Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley and Perry Como and Joni James. Please have a great weekend. –Din Merican

Vince Hill

Sam Cooke

Elvis Presley

Perry Como

Joni James

Entertainment from New York

June 23, 2013

Waldorf-Astoria, New York City


Entertainment from New York

Gee whiz, this 12 hour time difference between New York and our favorite city Kuala Lumpur is very disorientating. Thinking it is still Saturday when in fact it is 2.00 am on the sabbath here in Big Apply while your time in Kuala Lumpur is 2.00 p.m.  Sorry for missing a bit.  Mr. Bean is not around. He will  appear on this blog when we are off to Washington DC. So we will miss meeting an old Alor Setar friend.

Kamsiah and Din2Dr Kamsiah and I dedicate this week’s choice of melodies to all Malaysians who are still camping at Padang Merbok. Keep well. We admire your determination to further the cause of Malaysian democracy. We support the demand for electoral reform and the resignation of the two goons at the Election Commission, Aziz and Wan, for treachery to our country and making a mockery of our democratic rights. But there is only one advice we offer you.

Please keep the place clean so that the authorities (DBKL) will not have grounds to deny you the use of public places for peaceful purposes in future. Never give the authorities the pretext to hit back at you. That calls for patience, consideration and discipline.

We open this weekend session with a tribute to you, ourFrank Sinatra fellow citizens camping at Padang Merbok at this time by the Scorpions. Keep your spirits up. Change is hard to come by but it will come. We need to keep our democracy alive and well so that we can rebuild our beloved country into a model of freedom, justice and unity amidst diversity in ASEAN.

For now enjoy Alicia Keyes, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson and Barry Manilow. Since we are in New York, it will not be complete if we failed to present New York’s favourite son, the Hoboken born Frank Sinatra.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican


Alicia Keys

Billy Joel

Harry Nilsson

Barry Manilow

Frank Sinatra

Your Weekend Entertainment

June 15, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment


Dr Kamsiah and I will be leaving for the Big Apple in a few days’ time; after that we will proceed to Washington DC. While New York, we hope we can meet Mr. Bean and renew our friendship. Being in DC will be particularly special to me since I will be taking Dr. Kamsiah to the US capital to where I was educated in 1968-1970.

The DC trip will be my first since I left this lovely city more than four decades ago. We will be visiting The George Washington University and The George Washington School of Business and meeting friends.

For this weekend entertainment, we kick off with a tribute to New York. Billy Joel’s hit is particularly poignant. After that tribute, we present for your listening pleasure unforgettable ladies of jazz from a bygone era. Listen to Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney. May our choices please you.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

New York, Here We come

Billy Joel

Dinah Washington

Sarah Vaughan

Ella Fitzgerald

Rosemary Clooney

Your Weekend Entertainment

June 8, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment

Dr Kamsiah and me2

It is that time of the week when we leave all the politics and other concerns in the attic. Let us relax and enjoy some wholesome music. So for this weekend, your co-host Dr. Kamsiah and yours truly have chosen to play songs by Barry Manilow, Vince Hill, and Michael Buble. They are from different generations but when it comes to music,there is no generation gap. We think it is nice to dedicate a song to some of our friends whose comments have made this blog interesting and controversial. They write with passion.

Michael Buble is rather special because he reminds of Frank Sinatra. But make no mistake, Michael is no imitator. He has his distinct style of crooning and that has made him a popular singing sensation with a huge following around the world. He is lively and soothing to listen to. Vince Hill sings his hit, Look Around, and Roses of Picardy.

New Yorker Barry Manilow is great composer with numerous hits to his credit and a wonderful interpreter of popular music and jazzy numbers. So now, let them entertain us all. Peace  be with you.–Dr.Kamsiah and Din Merican

Barry Manilow

Dedicated to Khalid Ahmad, Bean, Semper Fi, Tok Cik, Frank, CLF

Vince Hill

Michael Buble

Special Guest-Mel Tome

Your Weekend Entertainment is Back

May 31, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment is Back

After a long intermission, your weekend entertainment is back, thanks to Mr. Bean who e-mailed from New York. What better occasion to re-launch this programme than on the eve of His Majesty Yang Di-Pertuan Agong’s Official Birthday which falls on June 1, 2013.

Dr Kamsiah and I join all Malaysians, wherever they may be, to warmly wish His Majesty Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah and Her Majesty Tuanku  Hajah Haminah binti Hamidun  all good health, happiness and peace. May His Majesty guide our nation into an era of prosperity amidst difficult times, given the state of our politics following a rather divisive GE-13.

Kamsiah and Din4To mark the Occasion, Dr. Kamsiah and I propose to take you down memory lane with songs by crooners of yesteryears. Pleasant listening, friends.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Bing Crosby

Perry Como

Nat King Cole

Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin

Earl Grant

Bobby Helms

Paul Anka with Sammy Davies Jr

Penangnites came for PSY

February 13, 2013

Penangnites came for PSY, not Najib, says Susan Loone

Psy in Penang

About 30,000 braved the sweltering heat to see top South Korean pop star Psy gallop on stage to perform his world famous ‘Oppa Gangnam style’ at the BN’s open house in Penang today.

They were with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak at Penang state BN Chinese New Year (CNY) open house held at the Han Chiang College field.The numbers were short of the expected 80,000, although a police officer on his rounds said he estimated the crowd as about 50,000.

As Najib was entering the venue, the emcee shouted “Are you ready for Psy!psy Are you ready for Oppa Gangnam style!” before welcoming the PM and his entourage of BN leaders.

Despite the emcee asking the people to give PM a rousing welcome, the crowd was mostly subdued, many fanning themselves under the burning February heat.

Puteri UMNO and BN supporters were seen waving ‘I love PM!’ banners but they were in the minority. Nibong Tebal MIC chief R Rajagopal said he had arranged 10 buses to the event.

When asked why he was not shouting “I love PM!”, the 62-year-old retiree replied “It’s okay, I’ve done a lot of that already”.

NajibxAttired in red traditional Chinese shirts, Najib and wife Rosmah Mansor together with children Ashman and Nooryana Najwa, arrived at 10.48am and were greeted by a lion dance troupe and a Chingay procession. He was accompanied by state BN leaders Teng Chang Yeow, Teng Hock Nan, and Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen as well as former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

 Yellow, green and red

As of 9.30am when the programme started, traffic was smooth and hundreds of police and volunteers corps were stationed at various points to direct traffic and manage the crowd.

When met on the field, Penang Plice chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi estimated the crowd to be about 50,000 to 60,000. “We deployed about 1,200 personnel today and it is a peaceful gathering,” he told Malaysiakini.

Many were seen in yellow, green and red. There were also UMNO members wearing red as it is their party’s colour. There were also those wearing the T-shirts of NGO BERSIH.

NONEOne, Alex Tan, 27 (right) from Klang, said he came to see Psy and to support Pakatan.

“I arrived as early as 7am with five others,” he added.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had earlier advised the public to wear yellow in a show of support for BERSIH, green for environment and red for change, but his suggestion didn’t go down well with BN leaders.

Initially, participants were not allowed to enter the field without special passes of ‘I love PM’ stickers and many were at a loss as to where to get them.
This is the first time BN had organised its CNY function in the open, at the Han Chiang field which has begun to be a symbol of Pakatan Rakyat.

Pakatan, with DAP leading, held a gathering here before the 2008 general election where thousands turned up to show their support, leading the opposition coalition to victory on March 8 that year.

Before Najib and his entourage arrived, the crowd was entertained by several performances from an orchestra. Traditional dances and a dragon and phoenix dance were also featured.

In his speech, state BN chief Teng Chang Yeow said BN had brought the best in the world and Asia through 1Malaysia initiator of Najib.”We want to bring the best to Penang,” he added.

 Goodies for those with ‘pink papers’

 At the end of event, the crowd lined up at the Han Chiang stadium venue for angpow, goodie bags and boxes of oranges. A senior citizen at the scene said that only people with special ‘pink papers’ were given the handouts by a group in  ‘Kelab Penyokong BN’ attire.

“I managed to get three packets of angpow, a bag with packets of rice and packets of other edible stuff and a box of oranges,” he told Malaysiakini, telling this reporter to line up and get the goodies before they ran out.


Even Male Rapper Psy must “tutup aurat”

February 6, 2013

This is too much: even Male Rapper Psy must “tutup aurat”


Despite the global sensation created by South Korean artist Psy, PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik has been oblivious about it and even mistook Psy for a woman.

psy Even Psy is not exempted from PAS’ Modesty Rules

According to a Sin Chew Daily report yesterday, he urged Psy to tutup aurat (protect modesty) when told by media that BN has invited a South Korean celebrity to perform at its Chinese New Year open house on February 11.

When told that Psy is a man, Nik Aziz was concerned whether the content of the songs is positive for the youngsters.NONEThe 82-year-old politician also asked reporters, “In what language does he sing?” and after being told that it is Korean, he was perplexed on why people listen to songs in a language that they do not understand.

The Kelantan Menteri Besar commented that it is extravagant to hire foreign performers as the resources can be used to develop local artists.

“Don’t we have many local singers? Why don’t we hire local youths? Isn’t is better to spend the money on our youths?” he asked.

Psy, or Park Jae-sang, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and record producer, who gained global fame after his hit single ‘Gangnam Style’ featuring his horse-riding dance became a worldwide sensation.

It is estimated that the cost to invite him to perform just the hit song would easily hit RM1 million. However, BN leaders have clarified that Psy’s performance will not cost BN or the government a single sen as it will be sponsored by private companies, but the Opposition and many people remained unconvinced.

Your Weekend Entertainment : With P. Ramlee and Saloma

February 2, 2013

Your Weekend Entertainment: With P. Ramlee and Saloma

Dr KamsiahDr Kamsiah and I think that for this weekend we should play songs by Malaysia’s incomparable singing couple Tan Sri P. Ramlee and Puan Sri Saloma.

Enough has been said and written about both Penang born Ramlee and his special lady from Singapore that we both have nothing new to add except to say that there is yet another couple from the entertainment industry in Malaysia who can replace them. Duets are, in fact, not the same without them.

Listen to their voices and may these tunes bring back memories of what used to be as backdrop to what is happening now. There is a strong rumour that GE-13 will be held soon and before the heavy campaign and media blitz begin, we must enjoy the songs of Ramlee and Saloma.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican


A Tribute to P. Ramlee

P. Ramlee and Saloma

Saloma–What a Voice!

Remembering My Cousin Dato Ahmad Daud