Some said that “kanak2 zaman skrang, kecik2 dah mula menggatal” which loosely translates to, ‘Kids these days, so young and already so perverted due to the fact that they are talking about liking one another, boyfriends and then holding hands and walking away at the end of the advert.
Another type of comment was “protect our malay daughters from the hands of these chinese infidels before they take over the country“. Some were saying how bad the director is for promoting these kind of propaganda using children. Actually, come to think of it, most were negative especially the uploader in utube.
This is actually a Petronas ad for Malaysia’s 50th year of independence. In case you guys didn’t know, (according to daddy dearest) most of the ads for Petronas are done by Yasmin Ahmad and people look forward to her ads every year. Even tho im not sure if this is actually done by her, I would expect something like this – knowing her view on the Malaysian mentality and her courage in speaking out about controversial issues.
Personally, I think that this ad is about our interracial country. It shows how a [tag]malay girl[/tag] and a chinese boy can be best friends. To those that said the kids pandai menggatal, I say, come on! you were kids once. What was love then? Nothing serious right, just an ‘i like you, do you like me?‘ puppy [tag]love[/tag] or cinta monyet kind of senario. And its absolutely adorable if you ask me.
I seriously think that some of the people who comment are idiots, plain stupid, have kampung mentality, not matured enough to see the bigger picture. Why turn an innocent, adorable scenario into a racist, perverted thing? When you were kids, did you care that you friends was a different race from you? I doubt you even noticed that they were different.
Perhaps the ad was right, after 50 years of independence, sadly, it’s only the children who understand it :(