WHATEVER THE OUTCOME OF THE CONTROVERSY, I AM SKIPPING THIS YEAR’S
TWENTY-EIGHTH MALAYSIAN FILM INDUSTRY.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TUNKU AND UMNO SAVED SABAH AND SARAWAK FROM BEING SWALLOWED BY THE PHILIPPINES AND INDONESIA…
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
KAHN FROM PAKISTAN
IN ANOTHER SIMILAR PROGRAM. …AND WHERE ARE THE MALAYSIANS?
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.
HISTORY OF THE CREATION OF THE REPUBLIC
OF SINGAPORE…CREATED BY
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.
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 MelayuKingdom, together with
the few others which are still being disputed, which often causes fiction and
sometimes armed conflicts by the Melayu rebels.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
so far there is no woman who has ever been given an Oscar for best director. It
won’t happen, ever?!
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
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.
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.
has not been any comment from the ministry concerned and its minister and also
can they say? Nothing. They don’t care even if the statement was made by the
prime minister himself.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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?
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
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.
what if the director wins not one, but a few Oscars on his first time out on
the Academy Awards Night?
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.
realistically, chances of Malaysia getting an Oscar for any category as it is,
to be bleak.
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.
they had done this and pursued the matter more systematically and diligently
before then surely things would have happened by now, something magical.
those people in the film agencies and ministries concerned want to see someone
from Malaysia win the Oscars? Maybe not. Why?
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.
NEW LEASE OF LIFE. AND OSMAN IN ‘MALAYSIAN SNOW’ VISITING IT AND FINDING AN
INTERESTING FACT ON HIS GRANDFATHER.
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.
…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.
VISITING THE FRIENDSHIPVILLAGE AT PIYAMIT TUNNEL NEAR BETONG, SOUTH THAILAND
AND GETTING TO KNOW BETONGTOWN AND ITS PEOPLE.
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.
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.
IN THE MAKING…WITH NO ETHNIC STRIFE AND LOTS OF UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUAL
RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE…
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.
…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.
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?
ONE’S COMPLAINING BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO DUMB TO REALIZE IT.
even the professors are sometimes dumb; because they had been too dependent on
the very government they now loathe, the ungrateful scholars of no repute who
now go to the Left to be seen and heard.
they could not fit into the system they were stuck with when they were begging
for alms to be allowed to further their studies, with some who are trained in
law but who do not know how to deal with issues by taking sides too quickly and
making their own personal judgments they want to impose on the others.
could they who put on a face and demeanor of piety but who pitifully disagree
to everything that the government does?
they have not said not even one thing that is good with the opposition and the
sodomist and why they now favor to be on the Left.
because they felt that they had been left behind in their quest to achieve
greater achievement and personal comfort?
quest for these?
sad how Malaysia
has come to this and the very people the country and the Melayu thought they
could count on are now not paying back to the society and country and are bent
on destroying them.
their numbers are small and they are only vocal hiding behind Facebook postings
not many read or care for.
still are those who had gone on to trust themselves in the public eye which
they fear doing because they would have to be more agile and be able to put on
a false front, and know how to handle issues openly and more intelligently.
The Facebook could only allow them to do so much. But it is not too much to
allow themselves to be too expressive.
have now learnt how to hate and be ungrateful for everything that they have got
especially from the government.
the Melayu majority who reside further away from the urban areas and cities and
towns are aloof of what is happening in FB and cyber world and the petty
discourses that are created and they are the ones who are going to decide if
the status quo of the Melayu Right still remains intact.
And with it the status quo of the Melayu Rulers too, whose positions had been
entrenched when early Umno leaders and Melayu supporters got rid of the Malayan
Union which if it was successful and the British managed to get what they had
wanted, would have caused the Melayu Rulers to be no more than the ‘guardians
of Islam’, like the Muftis of their respective states, and no more.
thing that they have not found to hate more is the ‘poor quality education’
they had managed to get that had caused them to say and do most of the things
they had done and those that they are still capable of doing soon.
basically what is happening to some of the Melayu in Malaysia today; they think they
have managed to get where they are now one on the strength of their intellect
and academic qualification.
can become crude in their ways thinking nothing of the things they had been
given since the time they went to primary school and all the way to university
in the country or abroad.
parents were mostly farmers who survived on the land that was given to them by
their own parents who lived all their lives in the remote villages.
of their off-springs had managed to get a proper and more formal education with
some being able to speak and write well in English having studied in schools
that offered this subject and mostly when they were studying at universities
abroad mostly in England and
America with some in Australia or New Zealand.
they think nothing of the hands that had fed them.
turn around and blame the very agencies and Melayu political party that had
caused Britain to leave
Malaya or Tanah Melayu or MelayuLand to become
independent, after which their future turned for the better.
Melayu and some non-Melayu now like to blame everything on the government which
is still led by the party, Umno which had managed to wrest independence from Britain on 31
It is a
fact that many Malaysians want to forget or to ignore completely; they are the
ones who think that they are here at this time, but who had not come from an
earlier era or age when their parents and grandparents who had to slough to eke
a decent life in order that their offspring can get to enjoy it.
alas, their offspring are not that grateful; they are in the blame business.
They want to take it easy and have everything without lifting a finger to get
it. They want to be served but they are not willing to serve their own society
only achievement that they can be proud of and to show to everybody is the
crass language that they can use on anything and the others especially the
establishment, and being arrested or detained for some unlawful conduct is a
source of pride.
thing that they are not yet able to blame is the ‘poor quality education’ that
they had managed to get either in the country or abroad, which had caused them
to be so callous and ungrateful, and how most of the things they had done to
show their intense hatred of the party and government stemmed from the fact
that they had earlier received the ‘poor quality education’ from government
schools, which are given to them almost free of charge right up to the
this happens because they are not aware that they had been given such ‘poor
quality education’ by their country because they did not demand to get it.
they won’t know if the education that they had managed to get is good for
themselves or not; and they don’t care to even find out if this is the case and
that is the reason why they are unhappy with themselves and the establishment
and system they want to dominate or belittle.
visited Bali few times over the years but
never wanted to stay in hotels where there were many foreign (read White)
tourists; I preferred to stay in the ‘losmens’ as they call it in Ubud. But
after the Bali Bomb Blasts I ventured and stayed at a small hotel in Kuta.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! AND MAYBE THE NEW IT CENTER FOR MELAYU TRADERS CAN BE GOOD
FOR THE COMMUNITY AND HOW THE HALAL CERTIFICATE AND ISLAMIC BANKING CERTIFICATE
MUST NOT BE OFFERED TO NON-MUSLIMS TOO.
be the Ramadan the Melayu and Muslims in Malaysia will never forget of 1436
Hijrah or 2015 of the Common Era or CE.
too bad that even Ibn Khaldun had failed to see the future when he said the
Arabs would only unite if they are confronting a common enemy.
the enemies of the Arabs and also of Islam had studied his book and checked his
words and knew how to go around the analysis when he said the Arabs would only
unite if the are confronting a common enemy.
The Arabs had been given ‘a common’ enemy, but they have not realized who they
are; and they are not the Zionists or America but themselves!
wonder they are spending a lot to try and get at each other’s throats than to
confront their common enemies, the Zionists.
probably because the mentality of the Arab leaders especially can be easily
manipulated by their common enemies so that the Arabs see each other as their
bad that Yemen is now in
shambles being attacked from all sides especially Saudi
Arabia a country that had strong religious affiliation
with the Prophet having visited the country to trade.
nothing the war amongst the Arabs had continued to spread and this time to Yemen, of all
nothing more to destroy in Yemen;
the country that had not managed to develop as much as the others north or to
the east of it.
those countries which are now relatively at peace with themselves too would be
embroiled in some sort of war with each other; they are ways their real common
enemies can use to make this happen. It will be just a matter of time before
last Arab country that will be destroyed will be Saudi Arabia. The reason being they
have all the armaments provided by America that has to be demolished
and depleted before that can happen, and they are using it against their fellow
Arab and Muslim brothers now enemies.
despite that, Saudi Arabia
had not found it expedient or necessary to establish cordial ties with Yemen, a country that is land-locked with it in
the Arabian Peninsula.
allowed the situation to slide even further until they found the need to attack
and destroy it.
then they decided to raise funding to offer Yemen a few hundred million dollars
to rebuild the country that had not been allowed to be developed earlier that
had been further destroyed by Saudi Arabian forces, with the support of other
forces acting on behalf of their own forces.
sad looking at the video on the news stations to see at the Yemen I had
seen barely two years ago that had some semblance of peace despite the internal
strife between the then president and his nemeses all of whom might be acting
on behalf of some foreign countries which are bent on destroying.
President Ali Abdullah Salleh too, had the support of Saudi Arabia
and who had shown to not be such a clean person; having amassed immense wealth
that he could never use in his lifetime, so said his critics and nemeses.
managed to allow their common enemies to take further advantage of the
situation and can now see it clearly what has happened to their country.
Yemen was one of the Arab countries
that were affected by the Arab Spring starting in March, 2011. Many Malaysian
students were forced to evacuate from the country.
had the audacity to go to the country I had not been to before, all because I
had some friends from Malaysia
working and living there who invited me to come over.
house where I stayed is in the same area and close vicinity to one of the
residences of the country’s opposition leader, Sheikh Hamid, so I was able to
see men with rifles slung on their shoulders everywhere.
day, I returned to the Sana’a airport to see more than two hundred Malaysian
students leaving the country.
detained by the airport security who did not believe it when I said I am from Malaysia and
had just arrived in the country the day before.
That confused them. They must have thought I was a Japanese cameraman for the
media because I was shooting photos and also video, but it is in an area
outside of the airport terminal building where the students were gathering
before they checked in for their flight.
released later after some negotiations handed by a local Arab man who served as
a photo of the famous RockCastle and a short of the City of Taif after sunrise.
knows if the photos I shot of these two places are still like this, or if they
have changed beyond recognition; and if the RockCastle
is still sitting on the rock and not bombed to smithereens.
be sad if this had happened like Old Sana’a which I found had become the center
of attacks by the rebels and many of the old buildings had been destroyed.
It is a
convenient target for the rebels as it can definitely attract a lot of media
attention with it being a World UNESCO Heritage Site.
the rebels care about such sites?
In Afghanistan, Iraq and other Arab countries that
had been penetrated by the Zionist forces and CIA, many of the historical
buildings had been destroyed.
surely want to make a return trip back to Sana’a and Yemen to revisit the places I had
visited for the first time in March, 2011, to see how they are like now, when
there is peace in the country.
not happen in a long time as no one knows the true situation in Yemen especially with Saudi Arabia and also the Zionists
who are bent on destroying the whole country.
Saudi Arabians are making a nuisance of themselves even in this Hajj season
where more than two million pilgrims from all over the world are converging on
the country yet they are still embarking on their military campaign that they
had not dared to do on the Zionists but on fellow Arabs who are ill-equipped to
defend themselves who they had failed to conjoin in the quest to develop it.
will the Saudis and the other Arabs realize their own folly and come together
to confront their common enemies who have been pitting them with each other?
WITH THE MANDARIN VERNACULAR SCHOOLS LOSING ITS
RELEVANCE TO MALAYSIA
TODAY AND WITH THEM ALSO NOT MIXING WITH THE MAJORITY MELAYU?
The Constitution allows the study of the mother
tongue, other than the national language which is Melayu; but this does not
mean that the government has to provide for the Chinese and Tamil communities land
FLAVOR OF THE MONTH – THE 1MDB AND WHY UMNO AND THE GOVERNMENT HAVE FAILED TO
COUNTER THEM INTELLIGENTLY..
really not much left of the Malaysian Left; they had been pushed to the Left
too much until they have smashed their faces into each other; they do not have
anything to grouse about; they never did.