Multiculturalism in Malaysia

1504 Words Jan 25th, 2018 6 Pages
As we all know, Malaysian is mainly consisted of three differing races, and automatically, culture: the Malays, Chinese and Indian. Most of the population lived in harmony and tolerance, but does segregation truly disappeared from the hearts of its people? That is the central theme of the film ‘Sepet’, a film directed by Allahyarham Yasmin Ahmad, released to cinemas all over the country in 2004. The title literally means ‘slit-eye’, a typical reference to the Chinese facial feature. . The film received ‘Best Asian Film Award’ at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival 2005, and various other awards, such as the 27th Créteil International Women's Film Festival held best film, held in France.

Before moving on the film itself, I think it would be proper for me to elaborate on the director’s background first. Born in Kampung Bukit Treh in Muar, Johor, the village girl pursued her study at Newcastle University in England, and graduated in arts majoring in politic and psychology. After that, she worked as the marketing representative in IBM, while also sharpening her skills as a blues singer and pianist. Her true talent in advertising field had been discovered when she moved to Leo Burnett company as joint creative director with Ali Muhammad, and eventually being promoted to the executive director position at the firm’s Kuala Lumpur branch.

Ahmad was well known for her commercials,…