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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

DISADVANTAGES OF THE VERNACULAR MANDARIN AND TAMIL SCHOOLS….AND WHO DOMINATES THE CRIMES SECTOR IN MALAYSIA.

…BUT WHY ARE THE CHINESE IN HONG KONG NOT DOING AWAY WITH THE VERNACULAR SCHOOLS AND HAVE THE ENGLISH ONES INSTEAD THERE?
By Mansor Puteh


Dr Martin Luther King must surely be shocked and will roll in his grave if he hears of the minorities in Malaysia who were sent to Tanah Melayu by the British as no more but the equivalent of SLAVES to support their decadent colonial system, who are now free but who insist on having their separate schools, the vernacular schools where Mandarin and Tamil are the mediums of instruction.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DID THE FILM FESTIVALS IN EUROPE AND THEIR COPYCATS IN ASIA, THE ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL AND THE OTHERS HELP TO DESTROY THE CINEMAS OF THE COUNTRIES IN THE ASEAN REGION, WHICH WERE THRIVING AND MUCH APPRECIATED BY THEIR VIEWERS?

By Mansor Puteh


Here is a photo of me shot in Figueira da Foz, Portugal in September, 1990 when my feature film called, ‘Seman: A Lost Hero’ was selected by the festival which also nominated for best feature film.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

HAS FINAS FOUND ANY REAL AND CONVINCING REASON FOR ITS EXISTENCE? NOT THAT I KNOW OF.

…PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK HAD GIVEN A STRONG HINT OR EVEN A CHALLENGE THAT MALAYSIAN FILMMAKERS SHOULD STRIVE TO MAKE OSCAR-WORTHY FILMS.
By Mansor Puteh


It is too bad that Finas which has been establish in 1981, yet till today it has not bothered to get qualified people in the country to study what he has managed to do thus far.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

WHEN ‘POVERTY IS BLISS’…THAT CAUSED THE BANGLADESHIS TO BE BACKWARD

…AND WANTED TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY TO FIND A NEW LIFE THERE, AND IN THE PROCESS CHANGE THEIR OWN COUNTRY WHERE THERE ARE NOW MANY BRILLIANT AND EDUCATED ONES LIVING IN THEIR MIDST.
By Mansor Puteh


But their ulamak may have caused them to think so.

Monday, February 29, 2016

FORMER COMMUNIST PARTY OF MALAYA (CPM) CADRES AND THE CHINESE VERNARCULAR SCHOOLS

…AND VISITING THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE AT PIYAMIT TUNNEL NEAR BETONG, SOUTH THAILAND AND GETTING TO KNOW BETONG TOWN AND ITS PEOPLE.
By Mansor Puteh


Not many knew exactly where the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) were hiding when they were launching attacks on Malaysia up to the late 1980s, when they tried to do the unthinkable and impossible of freeing the country to establish their own version of a Communist State.

Friday, February 26, 2016

WHY ARE THERE NOW MORE CHINESE THAN MELAYU AND INDIANS IN THE BERSIH 4.0 RALLY? AND THE WEIRD DEMANDS FOR SELF-SEGREGATION DEMANDED BY THE CHINESE AND TAMILS…

By Mansor Puteh


Martin Luther King and his followers and the Blacks in America would be laughing at the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia for wanting to be allowed to live amongst themselves and study in their own schools.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK’S IMPASSIONATE PLEA AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN OCTOBER, 2015

…A CLASS ACT, FULL
OF DRAMA AND SUSPENSE AND STATED IN AN ORDERLY MANNER
AND UNENCUMBERED BY EMOTIONS. …AND HOW NAJIB CAN STILL
HAVE THE TIME TO DO WHAT MAHATHIR HAD FAILED TO DO
DESPITE BEING THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TWENTY-TWO
YEARS.
By Mansor Puteh


Malaysia’s position at the United Nations has always been one of mutual respect; the other members of the UN had often given the country its attention.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

BANGLADESHIS IN MALAYSIA, ENGLAND AND EVERYWHERE…AND THE MYANMARS, NEPALESE AND VIETNAMESE…

By Mansor Puteh


There are now hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi men working in the factories in Malaysia.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ASTORIA, QUEENS IN NEW YORK CITY: THEN IN 1980 AND NOW…

ANOTHER BANGLA CITY IN THE MAKING…WITH NO ETHNIC STRIFE AND LOTS OF UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUAL RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE…
By Mansor Puteh


The truth is America badly needs to have more people of color and shades to make it a happening country, the united states of diversity, so that its new citizens can add to what it had achieved thus far which it can further enhance and benefit especially those who would be in specific positions to determine what the other countries can also get and experience.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

THE 27th MALAYSIAN FILM FESTIVAL, SATURDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER, 2015:

COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER BY PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE BIPARTISAN AND QUALIFIED TO HIGHLIGHT THE ACHIEVEMENTS BY PEOPLE IN THE FILM INDUSTRY.
By Mansor Puteh


I decided to attend the 27th Malaysian Film Festival awards night, because of the crowd of people many of whom I know but had not met in a long while which turned out to be fun.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ARE SUPPORTERS OF THE VERNACULR MANDARIN AND TAMIL SCHOOLS PROOF THAT THEY DO NOT SUPPORT ASSIMILATION?

…WITH THE MANDARIN VERNACULAR SCHOOLS LOSING ITS RELEVANCE TO MALAYSIA TODAY AND WITH THOSE WHO STUDY IN THEM ALSO NOT MIXING WITH THE MAJORITY MELAYU! …WHERE ARE THE LEADERS OF DONG ZONG IN THE EVERYDAY SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL LIFE OF THE COUNTRY?


The fact that the leaders of the Chinese education associations such as Dong Zong are missing from the everyday social, cultural and intellectual life of the country is bad for them; it only proves that they do not embrace nationalism and want to be aloof to what is happening in the country to fight a cause which may be a lost one.

If they think they can be of any use to the country, then surely, their leaders, too, would be everywhere participating in the creation of that society they think they can enhance and better.

But this has not happened; they are nowhere to be seen unless if they are complaining about something especially how the vernacular Mandarin schools are slowly being marginalized, and so on, when they pop up to make their appearance and noises heard. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

THE PRETENDER TO THE THRONE OF THE SULTANATE OF SINGAPURA, A SULTANATE ESTABLISHED BY THE BRITISH ON 31 JANUARY, 1819

NOW REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE SINCE 1965…AND HOW PRINCE SHAWAL BIN TENGKU AZIZ NOW BALANCES FACTS AND FANTASIES TO GET BY…PART II.
By Mansor bin Puteh.


Sultan Hussain felt distraught more so after Raffles was replaced by Colonel John Crawfurd at the new British Resident of Singapore, a post which seemed to be more superior to the Sultan himself.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE PRETENDER TO THE THRONE OF THE SULTANATE OF SINGAPURA, A SULTANATE ESTABLISHED BY THE BRITISH ON 31 JANUARY, 1819

– NOW REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE SINCE 1965…AND HOW PRINCE SHAWAL BIN TENGKU AZIZ NOW BALANCES FACTS AND FANTASIES TO GET BY…PART I.
By Mansor bin Puteh.


He walks about in the streets of Singapore (formerly Singapura and earlier, Temasik) like any other Singaporean amongst the predominantly Chinese majority.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WHO ARE THE REAL MASTERS AND WHO ARE THE SLAVES IN TODAY’S WORLD?

By Mansor Puteh


The people of Japan and of the most developed countries in the world suffer, for the development they are giving to those who cannot excel in product creation. …so just who are the masters and who are the slaves in today’s world?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

RABBLE WITHOUT A CAUSE…

 (A tribute to the confused and cunning organizers
and supporters of the Bersih protests…)
by Mansor Puteh


He was a rebel without a cause.
That’s old Hollywood.
James Dean is dead.
He died in his Porsche speeding along
a deserted highway.
Days after he had recorded a film clip on road safety
America mourned, with him gone
And learnt Hollywood films and stars can shine
and also crash.
He was a rebel with a crash…

Here in Malaysia where they hardly ever watch
much American films or TV
They think they are James Dean in
Rebel without a Cause.
He died speeding in his Porsche.

Here, we have many who like
to Babble without a Cause.
They think they know what to say
But they end up being caught red-handed
for being rude and a nuisance
many dare say

They think they are the whole country
But who gave them their backing?
Some foreign funding…to do the bidding for them?
They did not run in the general election
Because they feared losing
They choose to be choosy going to places
where people are aplenty
Here they choose words which sound coarse
But no sense did come out of the mouths
or in any meaningful discourse

They have too many a-times said
the same things
When the whole country had moved on
They prefer to be stuck in America’s of the 1960s
Thinking that by dragging the Sixties,
they can forget
That they are soon to past their sixties
Or are approaching their seventies…
and beyond

And who would soon be gone…