Thursday, August 10, 2017

THIS WAS THE REAL STRATEGY OF THE ZIONISTS…AND NO ONE HAS TALKED ABOUT

…SO NO WONDER PALESTINE COULD NOT BE FREE EVEN NOW.
By Mansor Puteh



It concerns the effort by the Zionists who had cunningly fashioned themselves as the victims and the Palestinians as the ‘terrorists’ and those who support the Palestinian cause as the idiots and fools.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rembering Zailah Tun Dr Ismail...

By Mansor bin Puteh


Zailah Tun Dr Ismail, who passed away at 4.30 am 21 July, 2017. She was the second child of a former deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. She was sixty-four.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

MALAYSIAN TELEVISION AND ITS ROLE IN PROMOTING DISSENT…

AND WHAT HAS THE OLD MALAYAN CINEMA GOT TO DO WITH THE 13 MAY, 1969 INCIDENT.
By Mansor Puteh


Not many Malaysians then especially would believe that the 13 May, 1969 Incident happened four years after the collapse of the Old Malayan Cinema then based at Jalan Ampas and also at East Coast Road in Singapore.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MALAYSIA’S AND THE MELAYU MIDDLE CLASS AND NEUVO RICHE MALINGED BY TELEVISION DRAMAS

…AND THE DEVELOPMENTS IN MANY ASPECTS THAT THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN EXPERIENCEING THAT THE PRODUCERS AND TELEVISION STATIONS HAD ESCAPED TO NOTICE.
By Mansor Puteh


It is highly improbably that no one has thus far made any attempt to look closely the type of television dramas, limited serials or television features known locally as ‘telemovies’ that had been produced and broadcast on Malaysian television to study their impact on society, and also how much the producers and television stations care and accept the physical and social as well as cultural and psychological developments of the people and country all these years.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ROHINGYA REFUGEES IN MALAYSIA…NOW RESETTLED PEACEFULLY IN AMERICA…

By Mansor Puteh


From Arakan or Rakhine in Myanmar, they had to transverse through Myanmar to the border and cross into Thailand where they were taken to the Malaysian border for a while before slipping into Malaysia and taken into a van by runners.

Monday, April 17, 2017

MALAYSIAN FILMS AND TELEVISION ARE LOST IN SPACE AND TIME

AND HOW A NEW MALAYSIAN CINEMA CAN BE ESTABLISHED FOR
THE CREATION OF THE FOURTH ESTATE OF THE MUSLIM WORLD.
By Mansor Puteh


Malaysian television dramas and feature films are lost in space and time…reeling with unimaginable plots and subsequent personal and false artistic and creative crusades…in a fast-changing New Malaysia that is not properly recorded and missing.

Monday, April 10, 2017

POST-OSCAR NIGHT, FINAS AND THE NEW MALAYSIAN CINEMA THAT SHOULD BE CREATED…

AND TO USE IT FOR A NEW PURPOSE AS A FOREIGN POLICY INITIATIVE AND NOT JUST FOR PURE ENTERTAINMENT.
By Mansor Puteh



I am done with the 89th Oscar Show in Hollywood and will be heading east on 28 February, to go to New York City where I have some business at my alma mater, Columbia University.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A MALAYSIAN LIVE AT THE DOLBY THEATRE IN HOLLYWOOD…ON THE 89TH ACADEMY AWARDS…

By Mansor Puteh


I have been inside the Dolby Theatre once on a tour of it I made in November of last year and sat on a chair beside the one Leonardo de Caprio had sat last year when he won and Oscar for Best Actor, with a cutout mug shot of him staring at me.

Monday, March 27, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, HALAL FOOD AND OSCARS (AND TRUMP’S AMERICA) AND THE REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS THAT HELPED TO CREATE THEM.

By Mansor Puteh


Hollywood is getting ready to lay the red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards which will be held in its permanent venue, the Dolby Theatre, formerly the Kodak Theater, in barely two days’ time, 26 February.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MAHATHIR IS DEFINITELY WRONG ON THE ‘FOUNDING’ OF SINGAPORE…

By Mansor Puteh


Dr Mahathir Mohammad said it was the Temenggung of Johor and not Sultan Ali, who had signed off the island to the British that had allowed it to become a republic that it is today. It is far from the truth.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MALAYSIAN TELEVISION DRAMAS AND FEATURE FILMS ARE LOST IN SPACE AND TIME…



REELING WITH UNIMAGINABLE PLOTS AND SUBSEQUENT PERSONAL AND FALSE ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE CRUSADES…IN A FAST-CHANGING NEW MALAYSIA THAT IS NOT PROPERLY RECORDED AND MISSING..
By Mansor Puteh


The most important and interesting television dramas and feature films in the world are those that record time and place or space. They are the ones that record the fast-changing scenery and mostly thoughts and concerns of the day, as the country develops and grows.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

TO GUANGZHOU, CHINA AND ON TO LOS ANGELES, U.S.A.…



By Mansor Puteh


3 November, 2016, 5.59 p.m.,

CZ30348.:

I have boarded the China Southern Airlines flight CZ3048 which goes to Guangzhou 

in China where I will spend the night at the airline’s expense so I am able to visit the 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NO TWO FILMS FESTIVALS ARE THE SAME…AND THE STRANGE THING WITH THE MALAYSIAN FILM INDUSTRY.

AND WHATEVER THE OUTCOME OF THE CONTROVERSY, I AM SKIPPING THIS YEAR’S TWENTY-EIGHTH MALAYSIAN FILM INDUSTRY.
By Mansor bin Puteh


In Malaysia there are some who are still bickering over small, minor and insignificant issues of the film industry so no wonder the industry is stifled; with the major one concerning how the Malaysian Film Festival is to be organized.

Monday, July 11, 2016

WHO’S STANDING IN THE WAY OF MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN AND JEW RELATIONS?

THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM OF THE SMALL AND TINY GROUP OF ZIONISTS WHO ARE SPOILING IT. …AND THE LATE GARY BRAUT FROM CROWN HEIGHTS IN NEW YORK CITY WHO SET UP A FACTORY IN SELAYANG, SELANGOR.
By Mansor Puteh


David Saul Marshall, a Jew and prominent lawyer in Singapore could be turned as chief minister despite the Jews being such a small minority in the country; yet he was able to gain the trust of the majority comprising of the Muslims and the others.

Friday, June 10, 2016

BUMPING INTO MUHAMMAD ALI IN THE ELEVATOR OF THE KUALA LUMPUR HILTON, JUNE, 1975.

By Mansor Puteh


Legendary three-time world heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, would be buried in Knoxville, Tennessee in America on Friday, 10 June, or the fifth day of the blessed Ramadan Kareem, 1437 Hijrah.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN AND PRESIDENT SUKARNO OF INDONESIA MET IN TOKYO TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WITH THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA IN THE EARLY 1960s….

AND HOW TUNKU AND UMNO SAVED SABAH AND SARAWAK FROM BEING SWALLOWED BY THE PHILIPPINES AND INDONESIA
By Mansor Puteh


Not many Malaysians and Indonesians today knew that in the early 1960s, the two countries were literally at war with each other with Indonesia under President Sukarno more vicious when they sent their commandoes to launch attacks in Johor, Melaka and Sarawak, but to no avail.

Monday, April 25, 2016

SANA’A AND YEMEN IN MARCH, 2011…AND TEN HOURS OF VIDEO… AND THE STATE THE COUNTRY IS IN NOW….

By Mansor Puteh


The Malaysian government issued a travel advisory discouraging Malaysians from visiting Sana’a and Yemen in March, 2011.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

THE BLACK FILMMAKERS IN AMERICA DO NOT SEEM TO HAVE ANYTHING ORIGINAL TO SHOW IN THEIR FILMS, SO NO WONDER THEY WERE NOT REPRESENTED IN THE NOMINATIONS OF THE 88TH ACADEMY AWARDS.

By Mansor Puteh


There is no other reason why the Academy Awards had a Black host and a string of presenters, which is to offset the lacking in Black participation at the awards night.

Friday, April 15, 2016

LEEPU AND THE PITBULL, A CAR REDESIGNING PROGRAM ON HISTORY CHANNEL WITH A DIFFERENCE, WITH A BANGLADESHI IN THE LEAD

…AFZAL KAHN FROM PAKISTAN IN ANOTHER SIMILAR PROGRAM. …AND WHERE ARE THE MALAYSIANS?
By Mansor Puteh


The Bangladeshis have managed to get some negative reports in Malaysia lately. Many think they are all over the world without a purpose other than for them to get employment that they could not otherwise get in their own country.

Monday, April 11, 2016

‘OLA BOLA’, DIRECTED BY A CHINESE WHO HAS DIFFICULTY SPEAKING GOOD MELAYU

…THE FILM OF WHICH IS ON THE END OF THE ERA AND PARTICPATION OF THE CHINESE FOOTBALLERS AND THE SUPPORTERS IN MALAYSIA AND ALSO SINGAPORE.
By Mansor Puteh


Many people will want to see ‘Ola Bola’ as a film that features a multiracial cast on football in 1980 when the Malaysian team made it to the Olympics for the first and also the last time.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

LAND, WATER AND SAND AND NEW IMMIGRANTS…

THE REAL HISTORY OF THE CREATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE…CREATED BY DECEIT…
By Mansor Puteh


There is a photo of Lee Kuan Yew shouting or screaming MERDEKA in 1957 when he receives Tunku Abdul Rahman who just landed at the airport in Singapore from London where Tunku had secured independence for the country from Britain, which I found to be interesting.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

BETONG, IN SOUTH THAILAND…MORE CHINESE AND MELAYU…BUT MOSTLY THAI IN IDENTITY, DUE TO THEIR COMMON SCHOOLING SYSTEM.

By Mansor Puteh


Betong is the name of the border town in South Thailand which has a Melayu name for a type of bamboo tree. It was formerly a Melayu district of an ancient Melayu Kingdom, together with the few others which are still being disputed, which often causes fiction and sometimes armed conflicts by the Melayu rebels.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

SEMAN: A LOST HERO, P. RAMLEE AND NORDIN KARDI…AND THE NEW MALAYSIAN CINEMA THAT NEVER CAME…AND THANKS TO FINAS FOR HAVING BEEN TURNED INTO A TRAVEL AGENCY…

By Mansor Puteh


This film I made called, ‘Seman: A Lost Hero’ in 1988 should have launched the creation of the New Malaysian Cinema in the mid-1980s, but the authorities and anti-New Malaysian Cinema movement were up against that, because they wanted to further extend the Old Malayan Cinema until one by one those who were active in it dies...

Sunday, March 27, 2016

WHEN GIVING REGIONAL RECOGNITION TO P. RAMLEE AND SOME OLD MELAYU FILMS WAS GOOD BUT

AT THE EXPENSE OF THE REAL AND POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OLD MALAYAN CINEMA AND CAUSING IT TO ULTIMATELY COLLAPSE.
By Mansor Puteh


When most or everybody talks about P. Ramlee and his limited artistic achievements all of them neglected to say or admit that they had indeed caused a lot of damage to the whole industry.

OSCAR-WORTHY FILMS BY MALAYSIAN FILMMAKERS…AND HOW THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED. …AND IMAGINE IF THERE IS A FILMMAKER FROM MALAYSIA WHO GETS SOME OSCAR NOMINATION!

By Mansor Puteh


It is not easy for anyone to win an Oscar for any category if he is not American; most of them go to them, with so few going to non-Americans, who can mostly expect to win the one for best foreign film.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

OSCAR-WORTHY FILMS BY MALAYSIAN FILMMAKERS…AND HOW THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED. …AND IMAGINE IF THERE IS A FILMMAKER FROM MALAYSIA WHO GETS SOME OSCAR NOMINATION!

By Mansor Puteh


It is not easy for anyone to win an Oscar for any category if he is not American; most of them go to them, with so few going to non-Americans, who can mostly expect to win the one for best foreign film.

Even if one has won an Oscar even for Best Foreign Film, it does not necessarily mean that the person or director and producer can go far.

Many had found out that the win was more like a fluke and the Oscars that they had won were better put on display which they could never use to get new and more exciting jobs even in their own countries, never mind, in Hollywood.

It could even spell the end of their career in film altogether, after getting the adulation from the media and crowds in their respective countries had died down, they would return to their former selves trying to raise funding to produce their next film which may never come.

So till now there is no Malaysian filmmaker who has ever said he would like to make films so that he can win an Oscar or two, or at the very least get a nomination or two for any category as long as he gets it, even if in the end he does not bring back to Malaysia any of the Oscars.

In America many of their filmmakers and actors and screenwriting still want to win an Oscar even if they have got a few, which they got after spending many years and being involved in many films; they are lucky to be able to get one and luckier if they can get more.

And so far there is no woman who has ever been given an Oscar for best director. It won’t happen, ever?!

So surely it must have come to a surprise when Prime Minister Najib Razak made a statement which sounds like a goal that the national film agency has to pursue which is for Malaysian filmmakers to start producing films which he says are ‘Oscar-worthy’.

But till now he has not got Finas or any agency in the country to pursue the matter; to him it was a statement he had to make to please some segments of the society and even then his speech was read by Azalinah Othman and not by himself since he had another function to attend.

But the speech made it to the newspapers, so I was able to see it and try and do something to it by writing this article.

There has not been any comment from the ministry concerned and its minister and also from Finas.

What can they say? Nothing. They don’t care even if the statement was made by the prime minister himself.

The last few years Malaysia or its film agency had started to submit bids by sending films for the Best Foreign category, which unfortunately did not even make it in the finals.

And this year, another film, ‘Lelaki Harapan Dunia’ or ‘Men who saved the world’ was submitted. But it is in a group of eighty other films from other countries all of whom want to see their entry win the Oscar.

Unfortunately, what Najib had wanted for Malaysian filmmakers to achieve which is in reality a good move to encourage them to produce better films that can attract the attention of the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences and in the process also help to reeducate the local viewers on how to look at films so that they can collectively cause the producers and directors to think harder and develop the film industry so we can finally establish the New Malaysian Cinema.

But they are not taking action on what the prime minister had voiced. They had failed to form a special committee to see how that can be achieved.

Money should not be the object; what is, is probably talent that has to be nurtured and funding be given to the right candidates.

What has Finas been doing to achieve this?

And can it happen that a Malaysian filmmaker who comes out of the blue and from nowhere who gets some Oscar nomination?

Yes, it can. But when can this happen?

I am sure the whole country would go gaga if this happens and the person will be feted until he faints before even he can take the flight to Los Angeles sometime in March to attend the Academy Awards Night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

And if he wins an Oscar he will be embalmed with his body put on display in the museum for everybody to see.

And Finas will have to bear the brunt from the government and public for not having done anything to support his effort to produce the film which was made by private and personal funding that could go that far.

And what if the director wins not one, but a few Oscars on his first time out on the Academy Awards Night?

I cannot hazard a guest as to what Finas and the government and the media in Malaysia would do to play up on the happening which will be dragged and milked on for weeks on end.

But realistically, chances of Malaysia getting an Oscar for any category as it is, to be bleak.

The film agency and the government had not bothered to find out or discover and develop talents from amongst those who are capable so they may be the people who would win the Oscars.

If they had done this and pursued the matter more systematically and diligently before then surely things would have happened by now, something magical.

But those people in the film agencies and ministries concerned want to see someone from Malaysia win the Oscars? Maybe not. Why?

Because they feared that their own positions to be threatened and their credibility diminished. There won’t be much left for them to do, if this happens.



Monday, March 21, 2016

FLYING BUSINESS CLASS ON PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES (PIA) WAS NOT INTERESTING. …AND GETTING STALE HALAL FOOD ON NORTHWEST AIRLINES AND VOMITING…


By Mansor Puteh.


I am sure many people especially Malaysians would like it and will enjoy it if they get to fly in business class or better in first class.

Friday, March 18, 2016

THREE MALAYSIAN-MELAYU STUDENTS OF COLUMBIA, HARVARD AND M.I.T. TRAVELING FROM ITHACA TO DEKALB

…IN THE WINTER OF 1980 IN AN OLD VOLKSWAGEN VAN SOMEONE BOUGHT FROM A LOCAL AMERICAN FOR US$500 JUST BEFORE HE SAID HE WANTED TO LEAVE IT AT THE DUMP SITE.
By Mansor Puteh


I took a lift from a Malaysian-Melayu friend from Boston called Ibrahim where I was staying at in the 1980, to go to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for a visit.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

FLEA MARKET IN KUALA LUMPUR AND ELSEWHERE…A LIVING MUSEUM, GALLERY AND LIBRARY

…GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE. AND OSMAN IN ‘MALAYSIAN SNOW’ VISITING IT AND FINDING AN INTERESTING FACT ON HIS GRANDFATHER.
By Mansor Puteh


The flea market or ‘pasar karat’ which translate literally as ‘rusty market’ in Lorong Petaling in Kuala Lumpur which had been in existence for years, was suddenly closed by City Hall. This followed the negative reporting by a local newspaper.