My Dear and Precious Friends and Family--Near and Afar:
I came across this story and just had to share it with you all. I heard from one of you that this type of incident actually happened twice in the PI, so all the Karaoke bars took out "My Way" from their songbooks. Apparently, this song, more than any other song, provoked way too many fights over who sang the song better. In fact, the arguments ended up getting so heated that two people ended up meeting the same fate as the poor soul in the article below. (Note to Tonei: Pick another favorite song to sing on your next Karaoke outing in the PI.)
So, think of this as some sort of "insurance policy."
As the Holiday Seasons are once again upon us and before I receive any Karaoke invitations from any of you, I simply have this one small and simple wish--Please pass the microphone and Let there be Peace on Earth!
Man killed for 'hogging karaoke'
A Malaysian man has been stabbed to death for refusing to stop singing and hand over the microphone at a karaoke bar, police say.
Abdul Sani Doli, 23, reportedly angered some of the customers when he hogged the stage at the bar in Sandakan town on eastern Borneo island.
Witnesses said he was attacked, and the fight spilled out on to the street.
He was punched before being stabbed to death with a knife. His body was found a short distance from the bar.
Sandakan's police chief ACP Rosli Mohd Isa said two men were in police custody, helping them with their inquiries.
Karaoke, in which amateurs can sing along to their favourite songs, first emerged from Japan and became hugely popular across Asia during the 1980s, before spreading to other parts of the world.