And now it turns out that we all, Malaysians, Indonesians and Hawaiians had better say merci beau coup to the French. Why? It seems like the controversial melody was actually an adaptation of “La Rosalie,” which was composed in the 19th century by Pierre-Jean de Beranger of France.
Oh wait...we have said thank you already. Remember? They paid a good commission and we bought their submarines. Merci!