PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Popular entertainer Datuk DJ Dave was so overwhelmed with sympathy for the families of those on board downed Flight MH17 that he became inspired to write a song for them.
With a tune and five words playing repeatedly in his mind - Tuhan (God), redha (relief), pasrah (acceptance), keluarga (family) and harapan (hope) - Dave decided to write the song that night itself.
The song, titled Di Pertemuan Abadi (Meeting In Eternity), is dedicated to the families of MH17 victims as well as MH370.
The 66-year-old crooner also decided that all proceeds from the sale of the single and caller ringtones of the song would go to the families of the victims.
"I was in a jungle in Sabah when I heard about the incident. I was sad and emotional.
"When I returned to my hotel, there was a band playing there and I asked them if there was any studio I could rent.
"They told me that the studio was only available from 1am onwards. I went anyway at 2.30am," he said during the launch yesterday.
Dave said he wrote the song and sought the help of lyricist Habshah Hassan to complete the words to the number.
As a result, the touching ballad, which has the sound of an airplane engine in the introduction, was completed.
The CD of the single will be sold for RM9.90 (S$3.86) while the caller ringtone will be priced between RM1.50 and RM3 depending on the network provider.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who launched the single at the ministry's office here, described the song as a creative and thoughtful effort.
"It will give a chance for Malaysians to contribute to the families of the MH370 and MH17 victims and offer some comfort to them," he said.
Ahmad Shabery said buying the caller ringtones was also an easy and convenient way for people to donate because most Malaysians had handphones.
The song, he said, would be advertised on television stations, including RTM.
"DJ Dave's effort should be emulated by other artistes and efforts to garner contributions should be continued," he said.