Melayu boleh!
August 15, 2006

Let me start off by quoting Utusan Malaysia; verbatim.
"I sound like stupid if I speak in Malay." (Saya rasa seperti orang bodoh kalau saya bercakap dalam bahasa Melayu)." katanya ketika diberi peluang membuat ucapan sebaik sahaja menerima anugerah itu kerana lakonannya dalam filem Gubra.

Berita Harian pulak...
'It will sound stupid if I speak Malay' daripada mulut Sharifah Amani selepas terima trofi Pelakon Wanita Terbaik undang kemarahan Datuk Seri Rais Yatim.

The Star didn't bother.

My English is far from decent. Yet, I do believe that Utusan's quotation could trigger at least a snicker upon any 10 year old whose second, or third, language is English. While this is just one of the many blunders of what is supposed to be our country's number one newspaper, I decided to give a tad of a damn to this one particularly because of the story.

I am not in the scene nor have I ever been a zealous advocate of the works of Yasmin Ahmad. Nevertheless, I've enjoyed her works namely Rabun, Sepet, Gubra and those Petronas ads. And as I was watching these pieces, I somehow learned a bit, if not entirely, the art of the people involved in them. Through their art, I somewhat understood their ideas, the way they think and what they are fighting for.

Let it be known that I'm currently a jobless graduate and my encounters with these movies were casual. In other words, they were some of the tons of movies I watched in between classes and homeworks when I was a student not long ago. And back then, I avoided movies that made me think. So, that was the mindset I was in. The measly amount of time I spent studying had already taken my will to think. Thus, as I enjoy watching movies, the less they make me think, the better.

With hope that the previous paragraph sufficed in portraying how I lack connection with the movies I watch, I would like to still reiterate that I understood Yasmin's movies and the people behind it. To say the least, I may have grasped the ideas she was trying to deliver to us.

My very point is, one doesn't need to have be extra intelligent to understand Yasmin and friends nor would one need to be overtly serious in mingling with her ideas. My average self is a living proof.

So when Nani's statements sparked anger amongst some people, I could only feel sorry. Not only for them, but for everyone, including myself.

How could we not understand her figurative speech and cynicism? It's just too obvious, to me, that we're interpreting her words the way we want them to be, not the way they were really meant to be or the way she wants them to be. Allow me to elaborate.

She said that she'll sound stupid speaking Malay. So she'll speak in English. We didn't take it literally.

She said that if making movies taints the culture, let's make more movies. We took it literally.

Shouldn't it be the other way around?

It hurts to even have the thought of this being the way we think. And I'm speaking as a non-enlightened public. I'm no better than anyone else and I do not expect everyone to have the same thought. But this being a very basic form of understanding and the bulk of us not being able to have a parallel perception on it is just too sad to be true.

Is it really painful to hear the words 'stupid' and 'Malay' in the same sentence? Does it hurt more than a kick in the crotch?

To those who can't accept her first statement (I know you folks run the gamut from Astro's Channel 15 chatters to PhD holders who got nothing better to do), let's just try, to take her words literally.

According to her, she sounds stupid speaking Malay. Thus, she wants to speak in English. Do we want to sound stupid when giving a speech? Do we sound stupid speaking in Malay? Is she saying that speaking in Malay makes you, or everyone else for that matter, sound stupid? I doubt it. None of these questions should even cross our minds. She got the award and it's her speech. It was in all its rights for her to say whatever she wants in whatever language. Moving on.

Let's now not take the second statement literally. By logic, who in the right mind, and in front of a huge audience comprising of SVIPs (that's super VIPs mind you) and the nation's most promising actors and actresses, would herald the importance of making more movies and destroying the culture by doing it? It was a just a bold statement fully polished with skepticism and sprinkled with a spice of anger. No more no less.

I see no reason to make a big deal out of it. She offended no one. Grow up grown-ups.


me luv you long time, naughty america, ebony college coeds ngan Tera Tera Tera mana boleh kira movie snoop...

Aku nyer view lain sikit Serih..
Ade sikit tak puas hati, tp aku tamo blame die 100%. Ade blame sikit jugak la. Boleh ak?

don: nana... jgn nana... mana penah ada Tera Tera Tera...

pak topik: bereh blako. to each his own and aku baru lps baca blog demo. very well said...

bilo nok kelik msia?

Was there any live telecast of the award show? I didnt bother to watch a so called Malaysian Film Festival when they are actually honouring one particular group of people.

The difference in the quoting would most probably because of at least one of the the reporters didnt go to school of journalism before. Hence, he/she is not professional.

Yes, there is no big deal about this but it seems like some people taking advantage to defame some other people. I feel sorry for all of us, Malaysians.

khyrel: glad i'm not the only one feeling sorry for ourselves. ada live telecast, on Astro Ria. moments before the charity shield kickoff...

kawe ujung tahun ni bakalih.
demo kelik usj doh ko?
kawe nok gi chicago nih ujung bulanan

ho kawe dok msia doh nih. tahu la buleh kelik us blk ko dok. petronas semangat doh panggil kijo...

demo gi chicago dok mano? nga msd ko? de panah molek maso2 nih...

umph panah netup-netup hari tu (around 2 weeks ago). lonih huje deru-deru doh pulok. azad tengok semangat swimming lonih. kui kui. kawe gi isna nanti chicago. ingat demo ado sano bulih ngaca.

guano cito bisnes futsal mung weh..hahaha

saya nampak bodo bila cakap omputeh.


melayu memang boleh, lebih2 lagi bab mengkritik, lebih3 lagi bab mengkritik benda2 yang negatif...

nak jadi positif kena gi sini

you sound stupid when you write in english

judd: u sound stupid when u try to sound smart. pagi sambung dengar lecture weh. remaja induction 2 bulan. takde member lak tuh. wow wii...

weh mana weh. dah balik ke blom

well written post..haha.. i see you already regained all your brain cells after those years of killer studying at NU :)

I think the underlying reason why everyone is heated up by Nani is that :
- she's young and talented. Women can be very jealous to a point that they'll say anything to make someone feel better at the expense of others

- (almost) everyone in the industry hates yasmin ahmad and that would include her actors as well

I think AR Badul's head is on contract by Ida Nerina's husband and jom start website ""

serih.. serih..
pe cer?

ikram: mende kontroversi, sapa tak suka...

rafie: aku kat msia dlm sebulan dah sdg menganggur. kau pekaba? bila nak pulang?

dandut, ni no aku, 016-2173664 :)

asrep: ye tak ye kan tapi puas hati la baca post ko, ko buat apa skang weh, free free call le aku 017 205 3835

well said, dude. you still in the 'states?

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