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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bersih 4, Malaysians marching for the good of their nation

Malaysia will be celebrating its 58th year of independence tomorrow (August 31st).

But at this very moment, on the eve before our Independence Day, tens and thousands protesters have taken to the streets to call for reforms, flooding the cities with yellow. We have reached the second day of this 2-day large-scaled rally. This time, people are calling not only for electoral reforms but also for the resignation of the current Prime Minister. It's ongoing, but I need to remember this. Perhaps this Bersih 4 of 29th and 30th of August, 2015 will be remembered as a watershed moment in our nation's history, even though, unsurprisingly, and typically, such things will surely be struck off from our history books.

Here's the Great Leader, condemning the people who wanted to march for the good of the country.

Najib said the actions of Bersih were seen as deliberately trying to discredit Malaysia's image at the international level.
Posted by The Star Online on Saturday, August 29, 2015

In the past few decades, the authorities have used numerous questionable methods to spread fear among the people, to divide the nation, to suppress all dissent. Having to go through two generations of this is more damaging than I can ever imagined. The previous generations are constantly living in fear, condemning all kinds of street demonstrations, all kinds of rallies, believing that the known status quo is better than the unknown. This is the upbringing that I have endured. It never failed to baffle me.

It's a faraway possibility, but if I ever have children, I want them to stand up for what they believe in, instead of living constantly in fear. I want them to believe that people have to voice out what's good for the country, and drastic measures have to be taken to let these voices be heard, instead of just being quiet and subservient and letting the words of the the previous generations trample over them.

If this blog can still survive til then, I want to use this post as a constant reminder to myself.

So these are the Facebook posts I have posted leading up to, and during Bersih.

Because it is necessary #Bersih
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Today, I think this photo is rather appropriate. #bersih
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir and his wife Siti Hasmah arrived at #Bersih4 too. It's all for Malaysia.
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Singing the national anthem at midnight #Bersih4 A day before, our Almighty Leader Najib condemned the protesters for being shallow and not patriotic.
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, August 29, 2015

A sea of yellow at midnight.
Posted by The Star Online on Saturday, August 29, 2015

A day that ran smoothly from all corners.
Posted by The Star Online on Saturday, August 29, 2015

當權者看到民意嗎?【A1頭條】傘落大馬 20萬人上街促首相下台http://bit.ly/1LCTjuM#bersih4
Posted by 蘋果日報 on Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

More photos from a music video shoot

The second music video I did with the rock band Alienoid 異種 revolves around a love-hate relationship between a young couple played by renowned actress/ model Agnes Lim 林莉幃 and rising actor Soo Xu Ze 苏熙喆. In which they were willing to do crazy things for love!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Photos from a music video shoot

I was shooting two music videos of a local Cantorock band Alienoid 異種 earlier this month. Both are in post-production. Music video shoots have a lot of their own pleasures, especially when you get to experiment with new things, new people, new filmmaking styles etc. I even got to test the Ronin-M Gimbal, too bad it worked only for the DSLRs. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which was my main camera, was too big for it.

The first music video I shot on the 1st and 2nd of August was more of a heartwarming family story thing, because the song is about the passing of time 時日如飛. It stars local actors Kenji Sawahii (whom I've worked with before in RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS, he played the father of Joey Leong's Mei Ann character), Chythia Tan, Veron Lin and 6-year old Estellis.

I worked with Estellis last year before.

The reluctant lead actress of my new short.

Posted by Edmund Yeo on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

She's now a bit older.