Now, Utusan goes after Namewee for supporting The New Village film
The Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has found a new target, or rather an old punching bag – Malaysian rapper Namewee (pic).
Its Mingguan Malaysia weekly’s columnist Awang Selamat today called Namewee racist, childish and a person who did not know his history – saying he was being an extremist for voicing out against the decision to halt the screening of the film “The New Village”, which some said had glorified communism.
Awang said even non-governmental organisations and the Umno Youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin, had questioned the movie and this was a clear sign that the government needed to be firm in avoiding history from being re-written.
“Although there were objections and provocation especially from extreme groups, let them be. Don’t budge. Among those who had rudely voiced their objections was Namewee or Wee Meng Chee,” wrote Awang, a pseudonym used by Utusan’s editors in the weekly edition.
“He (Namewee) had several times caused a controversy including insulting the ‘Negara Ku’. Not long ago, Namewee, (after apologising for his rudeness), had support from political leaders including Mohamed Nazri Aziz, but not this time.”
Awang said Nazri, who is now the Tourism and Culture Minister, too reacted against Namewee.
“I understand why Nazri would be so angry and no longer sympathises with him. This was because Namewee is racist, had gone overboard and took lightly the government’s decisions,” he wrote.
“Apa lagi dia mahu? (What else does he want?)
“Every Malaysian must be patriotic. National aspirations should be the utmost. If he does not understand that, then what does it mean to him to be a Malaysian?” he added.
Awang also took a swipe at the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong), saying he was disgusted with the association’s objection on the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015.
“This is Malaysia, not Taiwan. Any effort to promote our native language by ignoring our national education system and national language is a betrayal to our country,” the columnist said.
“Dong Zong should look in the mirror and understand the country’s constitution. I think the registration of Dong Zong be reconsidered as it constantly provokes and goes against the constitution.”
He said until now, Dong Zong had continuously fought for vernacular schools to be on par with national schools.
He added that the association must be rational and accept the truth that national interest was more important than racial agenda. – August 4, 2013.
My anguished indignant say:
Senator James Mc Carthy is the reference to the term McCarthyism in the USA post WW2 era . It is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means “the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism .During the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies.
Now back in Malaysia. McCarthy, the famous US communist hunter must have written a guideline booklet , on how to go on a witch hunt for the Red menace. that our Malaysian political rats got a hold off .
What next? Summon “suspected” conspirators for an inquest to flush out the closet commies…like how it was done in the US few decades ago….wonder if they know just how irrationally silly they seem not only domestically but internationally, creating the impression that we have paranoid clowns in governance seeing conspiracy in everything. We need to beseech this unresponsive-brained clowns, to respect the intelligence of Malaysians and not just pander their statements to the ignorant , those that they themselves created in their quest for social dominance. The rest of us Malaysians have brains to think for ourselves and decipher what is offensive and a slight to our country.This ” New Village” movie.. And even if the movie does have bits where it seems to glorify communism, Malaysians who watch it are not going to pick up arms and start a revolution.
And as for Namewee
Nazri , my dear tourism minister. don’t you realise that Nameweee can be a ticket to the huge east Asia market esp China,Taiwan and Hong Kong. He speaks the language , understands the mindsets and is easier for him to know and network the industry over there . He can make Malaysian movies indirectly promoting Malaysia and draw the tourist , he is already making small inroads in that region , with some well known HK actors and Taiwanese in his KaraKing movie, Don’t be so myopic.
Wana promote our country, use talented people as assets wisely. Or allow them more leeway.
Just how many Malaysian movies in BM that have been produced can potentially appeal to that segment.?
Now here is NameWee , a Malaysian talent /director/ producer who has already made a marginally successful local movie ” Nasi Lemak” that out performed many of the other local productions with a very Malaysian cast and flavour.
Imagine what he has the potential to achieve with a little boost from the Goverment or Tourism ministry to introduce Malaysia to the East Asian world via entertainment / movies and also help nurture local talents to have a more international exposure. He can make a locally produced Malaysian movie featuring an international cast of well known Asian actors together with the local talents featured that can help boost Tourism to the country.
An example is the HK movie , Summer Holiday made in 2000 practically exploded the tourism from that region to Redang Island and put Malaysia on the map for well heeled Chinese , Taiwanese and HongKees to come visit. Plus a few more HK movies with a star studded cast – Jacky Chan , Andy Lau , Aaron Kwok , Patrick Tse, Jay Cho to name a few , movies partly made in Malaysian locations that brought recognition to the country.
Stop the race bickering pettiness and see the large picture..let the Perkasa morons and sanctimonious religious bigots do what they are spitefully good at.
Stay out of the fiasco and concentrate on making our country reknown as a international destination. Thats your job !
So what if NameWee happens to be a Malaysian Chinese who makes mandarin speaking movies besides movies with a Malaysian flavour , use this as a plus , instead of accusing him of being a racist , help him to elevate the profile of Malaysia among the international Chinese community that can translate into millions of wang ringgit..
Wishful thinking or not , won’t it be great to have NameWee and Michelle Yeoh in a well financed ,well written/produced /directed local Malaysian production , shot exclusively here that can appeal to the not only the domestic market but the international East Asian market as well.