Was really sad to hear news of the passing of acclaimed Malaysian film director Yasmin Ahmad. She was just 51.
Many of her movies/ads touch on tolerance and acceptance of race, religion and class, and that often pitted her against the religious conservatives in Malaysia.
Here are some of the adverts she directed for Petronas.
My rough translation of the subtitles for those who don't know Malay and Hokkien.
Ah Hoon, have not seen your children in a long time.
My children? Very busy, too much work. My daughter is a lawyer.
I told you, that's the best, having one son and one daughter.
And your son?
He ah...very very busy. His company sells Ling Zhi...He does business with many governments...
The US, Hongkong...he even knows Andy Lau.
Andy Lau...Andy Lau.
He bought a new house in Damansara.
Damansara, not bad, not bad. Good, good.
Better than my son.
He's a doctor in London.
A specialist. In...what's that...cardiology.
He is really 'clever' at earning money.
So clever ah?
What about your daughter?
She's always terribly busy every time I call her.
She works in this very famous Audit firm. Really, really famous firm. I can't remember the name but...
She earns RM450,000 in a year.
Ya lah, ya lah, my son, for each operation, he earns 20000 pounds!
Each day, he operates twice.
Eng, what about your son?
My son? My son's well. He's coming to pick me up.
Pick you up?
Ya lah, very troublesome, everywhere he goes, he wants to take me along.
Eh, who's here?
My son...my son is here. Bye, I'm off.
Mother, how are you?
Mum, we're going to Cameron Highlands today.
Cameron? It's very cold there.
A Family's Love, the best gift of all. Happy Chinese New Year.
And my favourite one here.
In her blog profile, she says, "I am optimistic and sentimental to the point of being annoying, especially to people who think that being cynical and cold is cool. Everyday, I thank Allah for everyday things like the ability to breathe, the ability to love, the ability to laugh, and the ability to eat and drink." I find her such an inspiration.
Rest in peace Yasmin Ahmad, you will be missed.