Al-Fatihah: Yasmin passed away

Today is a sad day especially for Malaysian movie goers who celebrate human and cultural diversity that is manifested in the movies made by internationally acclaimed film director Yasmin Ahmad. She passed away last night.

Yasmin’s films are politically and intellectually significant particularly in a society where ethnic and religious differences are often capitalised by certain quarters for short-term political gains to the detriment of social harmony.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to her husband and family.



4 Responses to “Al-Fatihah: Yasmin passed away”

  1. 1 Kok Keong 26 July 2009 at 10:10 am

    Yes, Mus, a truly sad occasion, indeed. And what a profound loss considering she was clearly poised to create more for the forging of a Malaysia that so many Malaysians have longed and desired for–a Malaysia that gets under the skin of racial, religious, societal and cultural divisiveness by giving voice and image to ordinary Malaysians whose views and meanings of Malaysia based on their everyday experiences have been constantly hijacked or bastardized by politicians and powers that be for self serving gains and that mires Malaysia ever more into distrust, fear and intolerance of one another. May Yasmin’s vision of Malaysia inspire more filmmakers and other artistes to breathe further life and meaning to her legacy. Peace be with her.

  2. 2 telur dua 26 July 2009 at 7:04 pm

    This is another sad day.

    My condolence to her family.

  3. 3 Andrew Aeria 26 July 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Those whom the Gods love, they take young… Yasmin was the embodiment of what it meant to be a truly respectful, multi-cultural Malaysian. And a terribly talented one at that. Malaysia will miss her deeply. And yet, we thank Allah for the gift of Yasmin. Al-Fatihah.

  4. 4 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 27 July 2009 at 1:41 am


    By trying to break down the racial barrier
    She was often wrongly deemed to be controversial
    But she was simply honest in her cinematic career
    Whether it was a romantic movie or a touching commercial

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 270709
    Mon. 27th July 2009.

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