The Oscar Winner is celebrated by everyone, everywhere all at once in Malaysia.
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To celebrate Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh’s success which saw her bagging several awards over the past few months, which then culminated in an Oscar nomination, Malaysians have been celebrating her achievements, from social media posts to putting up billboards.
Yeoh’s Oscar nomination saw her taking home the coveted Best Actress award, becoming the first Asian, and the first “Anak Malaysia” to win in the category.
The win for Yeoh is not only an achievement for her but it is an achievement for all Asian actresses and actors. Especially for us Malaysians, it is very special as she is an Ipoh girl herself.
Her phenomenal performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once allowed her to beat the other great nominees in the category.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that her achievements has made the country proud on the international stage.
In a lighthearted manner, former finance minister Lim Guan Eng asked if tomorrow is a public holiday, considering how Malaysians love asking for public holidays whenever there is a big win.
Yeoh did not forget her birth country, as she mentioned in her acceptance speech that her mother, family and friends were watching the awards show from Kuala Lumpur and that she will be bringing the coveted golden statuette to them.
Meanwhile, Julie’s decided to go big in congratulating Yeoh’s recent string of success.
According to Director of Julie’s Biscuits Sai Tzy Horng, the billboard is a tribute to Yeoh’s remarkable achievement in getting an Oscar nomination and also to her other accomplishments in her career.
“I am incredibly proud of Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh. She is truly an international icon and a pride and joy to all fellow Malaysians.. She has proven time and again that she is one of Malaysia’s most revered national treasures,” Sai said in a statement.
Jimy Neo, who is the Group Creative Director of GOVT Singapore (the creative agency of Julie’s Biscuits) said that a straightforward, heartfelt homage would be fitting to recognise all of Yeoh’s accomplishments throughout the years.
Yeoh has been trending on Twitter today with many fans sharing their happiness over Yeoh’s historical win.