I had always thought, although I can’t remember why now, that Rais Yatim is an intelligent, smart, well educated man. I am not so sure now. In recent months he’s shown himself just as big a dick as any other politicians. Bok House got no heritage value la. Then suddenly some other similar house in Penang that used to belong to some mamak jeweler got plenty of heritage value and got history some more la. Yesterday he did it again.
He’s announced the “Plan for a movie village” (The Star N27 Thursday 22 March 2007.
Seems that the Culture, Arts and Heritage ministry together with the Science, Technology and Innovation ministry and the Energy, Water and Telecommunications ministries are combining forces to conceptualize and establish a center for the nation’s movie-making industry.
A few questions here la, YB. Can ah?
Have you forgotten the E-Village that was launched with so much fanfare by Dr. M some years ago? If I am not mistaken it was also to establish a center for the Malaysian movie-making industry. I think Jackie Chan also came to cut the ribbon and watch the lion dance and kompang and shake hands with that Vision 2020 fler with great hindsight that one. E-Village. Movie capital of the region. Animation center to rival Disney and Lucas. What’s happened to it now? The jungle has taken back the land I think and the only things being made there is animal shit. Now there’s going to be another one?
What the hell is the ministry of Energy, Water and Telecommunications doing making movies? To make sure they got enough water and electricity and that their phones work issit?
If those flers in charge of what Malaysian moviegoers can and cannot see cannot take out whatever they have up their backsides and continue to ban the last communist and all what’s a movie village going to achieve for anybody? And please don’t tell me that the village is going to attract the Hollywood flers to come and make movies here because our village is so canggih etc or I will throw up some culture on your lap.
Rais, you might also want to remember that you were there to launch a movie about a Malay musician who falls in love with a girl and has to decide between his music and his love. Not exactly ground breaking stuff issit? Surely they don’t need a village to film that in. Any mamak stall round the corner will do what.
Go here to read about the spectacular collapse of the E-Village. Will there be the long awaited sequel?