A folk song used in Malaysia's "Truly Asia" tourism campaign has struck a discordant note among many Indonesians who believe the tune belongs to their country, threatening to turn into a diplomatic spat between the countries.
State news agency Antara quoted Indonesian Tourism Minister Jero Wacik as saying he and several experts were trying to gather proof that the song belonged to Indonesia, and would protest if there was evidence.
"Our task is now to prove that the song is our work," Wacik was quoted as saying. "If there's evidence, I will be the first to protest."
Malaysian Tourism Minister Adnan Mansor has dismissed the claims that the song, Rasa Sayang (Feeling of Love), belonged solely to Indonesia, the New Straits Times reported.
"It (Rasa Sayang) is a folk song from the Nusantara (Malay archipelago) and we are part of the Nusantara," he was quoted as saying.
"As far as I know, we have been singing the song for ages."