Saturday, September 17, 2011


By Mansor Puteh

…How stupid for him to have such a secret fantasy which unfortunately is probably shared by the other closeted Chinese chauvinists too, even if they do not dare to admit it.

Those few people who had ‘reviewed’ Namewee’s ‘Nasi Lemak 2.0’ did not see all or much of the film.

I only need to read the synopsis, watch the clip on television and even without seeing the whole of the film, and I could already tell what sort of a film it is.

They say this film is one which debunks racial stereotypes in the country. This is partially true, and partially misleading.

The director says it is a film which upholds and supports the 1-Malaysia Concept.

It does not. It only supports and upholds the 1-Chinese Diaspora Concept. It does not give prominence to Bahasa Melayu, but Mandarin.

It does not seek the Chinese to assimilate with the Melayu Majority, but the other way round.

So why ‘Nasi Lemak 2.0’ and not ‘Bak Kut Teh 2.0’ instead? 

This film is one which is on the weird fantasy of Namewee, who envisions how one day, Malaysia has a Melayu minority with Mandarin the official language and Bahasa Melayu being used sparingly.

The Melayu dance to the tune of the Chinese, and he as the ‘leader’ in the film refuses to speak in Melayu and chooses to communicate in Mandarin or English.

The Melayu in this film, as much as in Namewee’s Malaysia are fat and ugly; they still do not realize that they have become the small minority serving the Chinese Cause of the Diaspora.

Malaysia in Namewee’s film is like Singapore, where the Melayu have been displaced and Bahasa Melayu are still retained for some areas and roads in the country.

This is what ‘Nasi Lemak 2.0’ is all about.

And this is what all the so-called reviewers of this film have failed to see. Because they could not read films; they can only see them.

Yet, they have not seen anything other than to talk about the obvious.

It is obvious that they are not qualified, so they do not see more than the plot at the most superficial level.

But what Namewee is showing is really what not only he wants to fantasize, but, what many other Chinese do. They are mostly the Chinese who are chauvinists who still secretly want to see Malaysia going in the way of Singapore.

Malaysia can never go in the way of Singapore especially with the fast shrinking size of the population of the Melayu.

And especially with the fast expanding economy of the Melayu who are now rising from the bottom too, as much as they are expanding from the top.

The private universities and colleges which were thought to be a Chinese monopoly, has also been overtaken by the Melayu who now have more private colleges and universities than they do, with more Melayu in them too.

The Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools are also facing dire straits, as the languages become more irrelevant even to their own communities.

The future is bleak for the Chinese and Tamil chauvinists in Malaysia.

But it is also good for Namewee to come up with such a film, as it tells a sorry tale, the secret fears of the Chinese Chauvinists, especially.

And no wonder it is not described as a Malaysian film but a Mandarin one.

Even the distributors cannot claim it is a Malaysian film in the advertisements. They know it is a Mandarin one.

This film, like the other local Mandarin ones, are really on the Chinese Diaspora; the Chinese who live outside of China who are so much alone in their own worlds – the colonies they wanted to create for themselves, and who do not relate with the Melayu, and who did not know where they are.

Psychologically, they are very much in China as everything about them is China, China and China. Sometimes it is Taiwan, Taiwan and Hong Kong and Hong Kong.

There is nothing Malaysian about them as what they show in their films including in ‘Nasi Lemak 2.0’.

It is sad how a young boy with a film can tell so much about the secret and unfounded fears of the Chinese as a whole, and some Tamils, who do not seem to know where they are still; who do not care to find out where they are still.

They also do not know that they are still living in Chinese colonies in Malaysia.

And no wonder so few Chinese and Indians who were at Dataran Merdeka to watch the Merdeka/Malaysia Day parade yesterday, 16 September when it was held there for the first time.

The Chinese and Indians who were there are those who have no choice but to attend it, being in the cabinet and other government agencies.

As for the Chinese who live in the city itself, they are nowhere to be seen. Where are they during the parade?

They were so many of them before, but why are they not there now?

Do they feel left out? The reason is that they wanted to be left out, because they believe they belong in a colony of their own, and fantasizing how they are still part of China or Hong Kong.

This is what Namewee should also address in words and acts, but he can’t. He would if he could.

Nobody knows how his film fares at the box office, if it has made a killing. But from the advertisement in the newspapers, I could see how it is fast dying off, with so few screenings in a day, which indicates how it will be pulled out of the cinemas soon.

It opened on 8 September and today it is 16 September, eight days on the cinema circuit, and it is almost half-dead.

It will be out in DVD soon and sold in the ‘pasar malam’ for more people to watch it.

Can we get him to come up with ‘Mee Goreng 2.0’ or ‘Capati 2.0’ next?

Most likely, he is better off if he comes up with ‘Bak Kut Teh 2.0’.


Anonymous said...

lu sulah tengok ka bulum ini filim? haiya... kasi tangok dulu woh!

Anonymous said...

ini filem taiwan made...cap ayam..

k-poh said...

oi apek, lu jangan jeles ah.

sinilah said...

petua pengarah box-office!!

Anonymous said...

Setuju dengan artikle ini..