Unity is not hegemony — Lyana Khairuddin

Source: The Star Online


BY NOW, I think almost everyone is familiar with the decision by Festival Filem Malaysia (FFM) to separate the categories for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay into Bahasa Malaysia and non-Bahasa Malaysia categories. The reason given by the organisers for this move was the need to uphold Bahasa Malaysia in films, thus a film needs to have 70% of its script in the national language for it to be considered an excellent Malaysian movie.

The debacle, protests, and resignations that followed this decision then necessitated our Communications and Multimedia Minister to intervene. As of time of writing, the FFM will have an inclusive Best Picture category, but there will also be a Best Film in the National Language category (where I assume someone would have the task of finely combing through the scripts to ensure it fulfills the 70% requirement).

Confused, yet?

The online discourse that followed the FFM’s decision has made for a bigger discussion on Malaysian identity. Ironically, this discourse occurs in the Merdeka month with the recurring theme of “Sehati Sejiwa” (One Heart, One Soul).

I have lived almost 33 years as a Malaysian. Yet, the only times I have confidently stated “I am a Malaysian” without needing any further elaboration, is when I am overseas.

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‘1MDB case is closed’ – Bank Negara Malaysia

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have been completed and all necessary actions have been taken against the state investment fund, Bank Negara governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim said.

“We have imposed a penalty on the company. We have taken all the necessary actions against the company as entrusted to us under the law, and we have closed the investigations,” he said.

Muhammad was responding to questions on whether the central bank would initiate a new investigation into 1MDB in view of findings by the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Last month, the DOJ filed a civil suit against several individuals to seize more than US$1bil (RM4.01bil) worth of assets which it said were the result of US$3.5bil misappropriated from 1MDB.

Bank Negara “will be guided by international protocols” if the DOJ approaches the central bank for assistance in its investigation, said Muhammad.

“When it comes to international collaboration, we are dictated by certain protocols.

“We will abide strictly by those protocols when it comes to cooperation with any external investigating bodies,” said Muhammad during a press conference here. Read more