PETALING JAYA: One of the cinematographers nominated for the Malaysian Film Festival (FMM) awards has decided to pull out from the race, according to Astro Awani.
“It is not that I am afraid to compete, but I reject any racial elements,” Mohd Noor Kassim wrote on his Facebook page, according to the portal.
Mohd Noor, who was nominated for the film “Bravo 5”, was most likely alluding to the controversy sparked by FFM’s decision to split the Best Movie Award into two categories, namely Bahasa Malaysia and non-Bahasa Malaysia, which led to claims of racial segregation.
Critically acclaimed movies such as “Ola Bola” by Chiu Keng Guan and “Jagat” by Shanjhey Kumar have been grouped into the non-Bahasa Malaysia categories.
Chiu and Shanjhey were also nominated for Best Director (non-Bahasa Malaysia category). The awards show will be held on Sept 3, when the winners will be announced.
Mohd Noor’s decision to pull out from the awards race come hours after Malaysian actor and producer Afdlin Shauki said he was boycotting the award over the segregation enforced in some of the major categories.
Malaysians regardless of their race, Afdlin argued, should truly be appreciated for their work as a Malaysian product.
Yesterday, the Malaysian Film Producers Association clarified that the different categories for Bahasa Malaysia and non-Bahasa Malaysia language films was meant to uphold the use of the national language in local films.
It also said that for a movie to be nominated in the best film category, 70% of its dialogue must be in Bahasa Malaysia.