Punk dan budaya penentangan

Kajian kes rumah api, Kuala Lumpur

Translated title of the contribution: Punk and counterculture: The case of rumah api Kuala Lumpur

Sharifah Nursyahidah Syed Annuar, Muhamad Takiyuddin Ismail, Muhammad Febriansyah

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Punk subculture is rooted in alternative music and fashion yet it has a strong tradition of anti-establishment politics and opposition to the dominant capitalist system. Thus many countries, Malaysia especially, regard punk culture negatively, as it is considered a form of moral deviation. This article aims to balance that view by connecting punk with positive political action. This article focuses on Rumah Api, the main base for the punk community in Kuala Lumpur, and a site recognised by the Malaysian and overseas punk community. Symbolic of subculture, cultural non-conformity, and counterculture, Rumah Api can be understood as an expression of opposition to authority and capitalism. Its role as a symbol of counterculture also serves as a method by which to build individual and collective identity. Research on Rumah Api therefore provides insight into how punk subculture empowers the inner-self, but also the political, economic and social contexts that underpin our society. The political actions of the Rumah Api community are seemingly influenced by the principle of “do-it-yourself” (DIY), anarchy, and freedom. However the Rumah Api community direct their energies into positive socio-political campaigns, not morally subversive activities. This can be seen in organised activities such as the Really, Really Free Market, Food Not Bombs, campaigns against the Highway Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang (SUKE) development, “Lepak Anarki” and Federasi ANTARA, as well as various workshops, exhibitions and discussions. Small-scale concerts (gigs) have also been held to highlight current issues. Most recently, they have become more active in protests and street demonstrations, for example, which have caught the attention of the authorities. Therefore, this article suggests that Rumah Api epitomises the best example of a punk community that transcends music and fashion.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)107-133
Number of pages27
JournalKajian Malaysia
Volume34
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Annuar, S. N. S., Ismail, M. T., & Febriansyah, M. (2016). Punk dan budaya penentangan: Kajian kes rumah api, Kuala Lumpur. Kajian Malaysia, 34(1), 107-133.

Punk dan budaya penentangan : Kajian kes rumah api, Kuala Lumpur. / Annuar, Sharifah Nursyahidah Syed; Ismail, Muhamad Takiyuddin; Febriansyah, Muhammad.

In: Kajian Malaysia, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2016, p. 107-133.

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Annuar, SNS, Ismail, MT & Febriansyah, M 2016, 'Punk dan budaya penentangan: Kajian kes rumah api, Kuala Lumpur', Kajian Malaysia, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 107-133.
Annuar, Sharifah Nursyahidah Syed ; Ismail, Muhamad Takiyuddin ; Febriansyah, Muhammad. / Punk dan budaya penentangan : Kajian kes rumah api, Kuala Lumpur. In: Kajian Malaysia. 2016 ; Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 107-133.
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