Let’s Remember How Chester Bennington was Awesome to Malaysia

Linkin Park fans all over the world mourns for the sudden and tragic passing of rock god Chester Bennington. Right now, let’s commemorate his relationship with Malaysians.

1. That time in 2007 when he showed his love for Malaysian fans

Malaysians are great Linkin Park fans, and he recognized it.

In fact, the brand personally chose KL as the only stop in South-East Asia, as a way to thank the fans.

They promised to come back to our shores. And they did in 2013.

2. That time when he wished Muslim friends a Happy Fasting

In 2013, he uttered the words “Selamat Puasa” with his divine voice.

3. That time he said “Sama Sama”


Photo via The Star

When he meant “thank you”, but we still love him.

It is we who should thank you, Chester, for all the music you’ve brought us.

Featured photo via Happy Surfer

5 Movies with Gay Characters That Were Screened in Malaysia

Beauty and the Beast may have gotten banned, but that doesn’t explain how these got through.

A side character named LeFou was homosexual enough for the whole movie to not get past the Malaysian Film Censorship Board.

Update: the board allowed the movie to be screened but with cuts, and Disney responded by pulling the movie entirely.

Update 2: the movie will be screened in Malaysia without cuts.

However, these major characters in other movies are confirmed gay, and were confirmed screened in Malaysian cinemas.

Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series


Yes the headmaster of Hogwarts is homosexual, as confirmed by the author herself.

Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

Halfway in the movie we see Alan getting hitched with a woman. Maybe that led the censors to believe that he was straight deep down inside.

Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones


There was reportedly a small cut in the movie, but the rest of the movie was still screened.

Robert Frobisher in Cloud Atlas


“Is this man gay?” “Shut up, I’m still trying to understand the plot.”

Harry Bright in Mamma Mia!


But Donna was the first woman he ever loved! And also the last. Hint: watch all the way to the end of the movie.

Did any other homosexual movie characters get past the censors?

5 Movies Banned in Malaysia Based on Sexual Orientation

Beauty and the Beast is certainly not the first movie to not get past the Malaysian Censorship Board.

All it takes is for the movie to contain a gay character. That’s it.

But as of 2010, gay characters are totally allowed!

But… they have to turn straight before the movie ends.

So far, we haven’t heard of any movies that have gay people straightening up. But these are some other movies that the LPF (Lembaga Penapisan Filem) decided Malaysians shouldn’t watch.

Rent (2005)


This musical adaptation went straight to DVD.

American Beauty (1999)


Oscar winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. And we didn’t get to watch it on the big screen.

Brokeback Mountain (2005)


But it’s a love story! Malaysians love love stories, right?

Bruno


Okay maybe we can get by without this not-so work of art.

Banglasia


Namewee’s name was certainly controversial, but his first two movies were not only allowed on screens, they did pretty well too. However, his fourth movie was banned. Apparently for ‘promoting homosexual lifestyles’, among other things.

What do you think about this ruling by the Malaysian Censorship Board?

This Malaysian Proves You Can Be A Disney Princess While Wearing A Hijab

Saraswati combines her hijab and makeup to transform into Disney characters

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Look at this pic, isn’t it neat?

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Aladdin would be impressed

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Villains included

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Fairies, too.

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From Disney to DC. Here’s Catwoman.

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She hasn’t forgotten you, Spiderman

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Yeah, you should totally follow her on Instagram.

6 Award-Winning Malaysian Movies You’ve Never Heard Of

The Big Durian (2003)


Awards won:

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – Dragons and Tigers Award – Special Mention
  • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival – New Asian Currents – Special Mention

A docudrama written and directed by veteran Amir Muhammad, The Big Durian is the first Malaysian film to be an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival. Its subject matter being the 1987 shooting, its mix of fictional and factual narrative is an unconventional take on a true incident. Despite its controversial topic, the movie became a milestone in the Malaysian local cinema, making Amir an “informal ringleader of a new generation of cinematic taboo-busters“.

Ice Kacang Puppy Love (2010)


Awards won:

  • Wau Awards 2013 – Best Movie, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Design

With Ah Niu as director, writer, main star, and composer, Ice Kacang Puppy Love is a Chinese-language romantic comedy set in the 80s. It may look like just another romcom, but it managed to sweep wins in several categories in a local awards ceremony. Not to mention its 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Bunohan (2011)


Awards won:

  • ASEAN International Film Festival and Awards – Best Screenplay
  • Five Flavours Film Festival – New Asian Cinema – Special Mention
  • Golden Horse Film Festival – NETPAC Award

Taking place in the eponymous town, Bunohan is a story of three estranged brothers whose fates have been tragically intertwined in a web of deceit and corruption. Written and directed by Dain Said, a London-educated filmmaker who infused brutal realism and mythological fantasy into one kick-ass film.

Papadom (2009)


Awards won:

  • Malaysian Film Festival – Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Film, Best Original Music, Best Story

Directed, written and starring local funnyman Afdlin Shauki, Papadom is a tale of a father who left behind his successful nasi kandar business in order to get closer to his daughter. This family drama, named after an Indian crispy wafer snack, achieved both critical and commercial success in Malaysia.

The Kid From The Big Apple (2016)


Awards won:

  • 7th Macau International Movie Festival – Best Writing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Newcomer(s)

A fish-out-water story of a 12-year-old girl who lived in the Big Apple (New York City, where else?) all her life, and one day had to move in with his conservative grandfather in Malaysia. Written and directed by Jess Teong who had her fair share of experience as a model, singer, actor, producer and director.

Lelaki Harapan Dunia (2014)


Awards nominated:

  • Hong Kong International Film Festival – FIPRESCI Prize
  • Kolkata International Film Festival – NETPAC Award
  • Locarno International Film Festival – Golden Leopard – Filmmakers of the Present
  • Singapore International Film Festival – Silver Screen Award

Also known as Men Who Save the World, this is a comedy written and directed by local indie filmmaker Liew Seng Tat. It portrays the hilarious outcome of an African immigrant’s shadow being mistaken as a ghost in a quaint Malay village.