Critics dismiss Malaysian Idol as 'empty entertainment' but educators endorse the programme for its unifying factor. Among others, critics had called it a morally decadent programme that might influence local youth to go against Asian values.
Social anthropologist Professor Wan Zawawi Ibrahim from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Institute of the Malay World and Civilisation loves the show for its multicultural content. "Malaysian Idol is a space for young people of different ethnicity, faiths and cultures to interact," he says.
Wan Zawawi, whose main areas of research include pop culture and multiculturalism, admires the bond shared by the participants. It has been noted frequently that Malaysian undergraduates are not comfortable mixing with those of different ethnic backgrounds. >> continue