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.