By Erda Khursyiah Basir
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- "Whether we are white, black, brown or blue, we are all Malaysians, right?" This was part of a dialogue spouted by actress/director Susan Lankester in the 1983 Malay movie "Mekanik".
The celebrity, who is of English-Chinese parentage and speaks Bahasa Malaysia fluently, later on shared those words on her Twitter account.
Those words may seem simple but if examined closely there is a hidden message behind it.
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The following is the full speech given by the Head of the Council of the Eminent Persons, Tun Daim Zainuddin, at UTM Skudai in Johor on March 19.
To understand our current political climate, it is important to look back at our history. Kusut di hujung, balik ke pangkal.
The history of the Malays starts from long before the formation of Tanah Melayu. We are descendants of great empires, from Langkasuka, to Srivijaya, to Majapahit, to Melaka. Melaka, of course, is our most popular tale, that of a world-famous port whose global success led to its eventual colonisation.
And when Melaka fell to the Portuguese, those descendants of Sultan Melaka who survived founded a new empire here in Johor. They took control of the southern Malay Peninsula, spreading across Riau, Anambas, Natuna, Tambelan, Borneo, and Sumatra. Their success was attributed to the wisdom of their rulers, and their openness to international trade.
By Christine Lim
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- After a glittering career as a model and actress in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan, Sherine Wong Sook Ling, who won the Miss Malaysia Universe title in 1998, is now embarking on a new journey as an international jazz singer.
She had just released her first jazz album in Hong Kong, where she is now based, featuring a compilation of English and Chinese songs, as well as in online music streaming platforms such as in Spotify and iTunes.
Her second album, which is expected to be released this year, will be recorded in four major cities in Holland, the United States, Japan and Malaysia.