SO FAST THE MENTALITY, VALUES AND MORES OF MANY MALAYSIANS CHANGED BECAUSE OF THEM…
Mansor bin Puteh
startling how Malaysians who had never been known to misbehave themselves in
public and more so now on social media, have taken it almost in total the way
some lead characters in some Hollywood films had behaved in them, to copy
exactly their ways and emotions that the Malaysians never had and never knew
how to successfully express before, in similar dramatic and crass ways, without
– AMERICA AND THE ZIONISTSTATE OF ISRAEL WHICH WERE SAID TO BE
that the world and especially the superpowers, those who have the means to
inflict harm using the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) have not learnt much
from the experiences they had from the First and Second World Wars, and the
sufferings they too had to ensure.
of Southeast Asian Nations or the ASEAN region is vast; it has a total
population of 630 million covering 4.4 million square kilometers, and
representing nine percent of the total population of the world and history that
stretched for ages.
interestingly, all the countries having had ties since ancient times and
sometimes conflict due mostly, to western colonization from the Fifteenth
Century, that can cause the creation of many interesting stories to be written,
published or produced as films or television productions and shared.
this has not happened, and each of its member states dwell on their own
experiences and welcome foreign films and television productions from elsewhere
especially America or Hollywood to embrace a
set of values that many young people have become proud to claim as their own.
are ten countries in ASEAN. They are Malaysia,
Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines,
Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam,
Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
are two observer-countries – Papua New Guinea
and Timor Leste, which was formerly part of Indonesia before it gained
independence from it, with them having different levels of economic development.
was formed on 8 August, 1967 and is now fifty years old with five countries – Malaysia, Indonesia,
Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, which was later
expanded to include the other countries.
film industries in most of the ASEAN countries had been established long ago,
mostly after the Second World War that served to entertain the masses, and for
no other reason.
ways, they made life a little bearable for many, who were confronted with the
uncertainties they were experiencing during the Post-War years.
even as I say this, the political leaders of ASEAN have still failed to take
cognition of the fact that it is the cinema which is one single medium that can
bring about changes in almost all areas, mostly in psychology, to instill pride
and national belonging, other than to cause the greater appreciation of the
Self, and the creation of the region that can rival the other major region,
such as Europe, and cause the creation of a Bloc.
ASEAN countries and their leaders treat the cinema as a separate entity and not
totally related to other fields, such as culture, language, education, national
integration and foreign policy issues and religion. Worse, is when they put
film development under the ministry of information or culture.
economic terms no one can ever deny that the cinema of any country can provide
many jobs in all the related and interconnected fields related to the
production and distribution of films and their appreciation.
these virtues of the cinema happened to escape the political leaders who were
hasty to sideline it altogether and embrace only the more obvious aspects of
nation and regional building, which is economic development.
now have all the facilities that any modern state in this era, in the many wide
highways and tall buildings and other physical infrastructures, including
alas, they are merely tools to perpetuate the myth that the countries in ASEAN
and its people are there merely to support the development of the west.
terms of films and television, we are there to create better and more modern
infrastructure so as to support the films and television productions that the
west, or America or Hollywood produces.
ironic in many ways that the political leaders of ASEAN had all failed to
realize this as a huge folly that the only alternative views on the matter can
and must be got from a filmmaker and not from their strategists, or think
tankers who are all paid handsomely but whose views and attitudes towards
development are mostly those linked to their political masters.
wonder the cinemas in all the ASEAN countries have not developed in tandem with
each other, so films produced are not shared. We still prefer to watch those
that come from Hollywood
and not those that we produce which are about us that promote out existence and
values – religious, cultural, social and also historical ones, too.
a need for us to break the vicious circle where many people in the ASEAN region
have tended to think and accept that those films that are produced by the
others in the west, mostly in Hollywood are better. They are not.
entertainment industry in America is the sixth largest in the country; so if we
in ASEAN can do something to cause our entertainment industry with the ASEAN
Cinema playing the pivotal role in its creation and development, we can expect
many wonderful things to happen to ASEAN as a regional grouping in the years to
should not be too difficult for us to create such a unique cinema. And it
should also not cost too much. We have the basic infrastructure; and all that
is needed is to restructure it to form the ASEAN Cinema.
they have been given recognition by their own peers in their countries in the
west or from international film festivals they organize, we can still doubt
their relevance to our needs.
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need to be told by Europeans or those in the west if our films are good and how
can we define what is ASEAN Cinema?
festivals in the west had given some recognition to some of our filmmakers, but
in the end the film industries in all the ASEAN countries collapsed. The
viewers in these countries were made to be critical of their works and were
to create new generations of filmmakers, historians, critics, etc.
to produce films on a joint venture basis so that they are marketable to
countries other than our own; and in this way create new films that have common
themes and stories and characters that we can relate do.
are ten countries in the ASEAN region with 630 hundred million people so it is
a vast market which we had gladly and willingly open to American films to
detriment of the development of our own cinema.
are many film schools in the ASEAN countries. Unfortunately, many or most of
them are there only to serve the interests of the west or Hollywood with the
syllabi offered are all tailored to promote alien western and Hollywood values
with their films forming the basis for film education.
western propaganda had become as such that academic excellence and
qualification is based on how much we can become the lackeys of the west and Hollywood.
political and economic leaders have been neglecting the development of the ASEAN
Cinema because they did not think it is of any use to the general development
of the region.
unfortunate, as demands for things and services are usually created by the
films we see and support, which can in turn help to spur economic growth with
the increase demand of local products and services so in time even our
television will show mostly our productions and not those from other countries
Film Festival and Market can be given a huge boost which should cause many
films made in the region to be shared and distributed and appreciated so that
in time we can have a whole group of people in the film industry who can
further serve the cause to promote ASEAN values and economic development and
turn ASEAN into a formidable region and an economic, social, cultural,
historical grouping with a vast and varied support base of the 630 million
…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
HAS THE OLD MALAYAN CINEMA GOT TO DO WITH THE 13 MAY, 1969 INCIDENT.
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.
…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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.