Congratulations on the release of your single "Born This Way".
I read somewhere that it has achieved the number-one spot in many countries and was the fastest-selling single in iTunes history - selling one million copies in five days!
It has played on some of the radio stations that I listen to.
Apparently, certain lyrics have been edited to suit Malaysian sensitivities, especially since they revolve around sexuality, which happens to be the prime Malaysian obsession that everyone naturally denies.
More so, when it involves same sex relationships.
The grapevine tells me that you're outraged about the censorship.
'What I would say is for all the young people in Malaysia that want those words to be played on the radio, it is your job and it is your duty as young people to have your voices heard.
'You must do everything that you can if you want to be liberated by your society. You must call, you must not stop, you must protest peaceably.'
- Lady Gaga
Thank you for your concern about our country. However, I am rather intrigued about what you mean by "protest peaceably".
Since recent times, Malaysians have taken to the streets to peacefully voice their dissatisfaction about the governance of our nation and to protest the travesty of justice that is practised by our nefarious government. All in a non-violent manner.
Our gripes fell on deaf ears, but our actions were duly noted and reverted to with tear-gassing and spraying of chemical-laced water.
If our legitimate objections over a draconian law were completely unheeded, I doubt any plea for gay rights would catch the attention of our authorities - peaceable protest or otherwise.
Please do not take it personally, but the editing of your lyrics are hardly something we would risk our health and well-being for.
With that out of the way, I would like to bring to your attention a piece of legislation that has since been applied mainly on political opponents.
It is the Penal Code 377A which is defined as committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature. I do not want to go into details here, but any homosexual would instantly be guilty of this crime.
In this country, to be gay is a crime. The punishment may go up to 20 years imprisonment, and is liable to a fine and whipping.
Freedom of expression is also not a right accorded to the average citizen.
I do however, appreciate that in noticing our predicament, you have widened your horizons to something beyond dance routines, video clip productions, diet/fitness regimes and fan clubs.