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Malaysian Action Thriller Pendatang Raises RM300K Through Crowdfunding

Malaysian Action Thriller Pendatang Raises RM300K Through Crowdfunding

Extra funds raised will go towards film merchandise that will be distributed for free.

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A local filmmaker had raised RM335,981 through a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.

Kuman Pictures will use the money to make its new horror film ‘Pendatang’ (immigrant).

It reached the crowdfunding target two days before the campaign ended.

The news was a pleasant surprise as the crowdfunding amount was less than half the amount needed at 49% just last week.

It’s been a long time coming as the campaign started on Aug 8.

Kuman Pictures founder Amir Muhammad thanked Malaysians for the strong finish.

He was quoted by Malay Mail as saying that the sudden surge could be due to Malaysians usually doing things at the eleventh hour.

We’re surprised to raise more than we asked for, but also very grateful for it

Kuman Pictures founder Amir Muhammad to Malay Mail on his gratitude.

In the campaign, supporters can contribute between RM10 to RM10,000, with each level offering different rewards. 

Apartheid Nation

‘Pendatang’ is a dystopian thriller set in an imaginary Malaysian setting.

Every race is forbidden to mix with other races following the enactment of a law after the riots. 

Conflict arises when a Chinese family finds a Malay girl in a Chinese area. This family could be imprisoned for 25 years if the authorities found out.

The film will be directed by Ng Ken Kin, who won the Best Short Film award at the Malaysian Film Festival in 2011.

He has also directed the TV series 5 Jingga, School Bus Gang and Kapten Boleh.

Kuman Pictures said ‘Pendatang’ is not made for commercial profit.

Instead, the movie is touted as a Malaysian story by Malaysians for Malaysians and audiences worldwide.

‘Pendatang’ is expected to be released in August 2023.

Forever Foreigners

‘Pendatang asing’, ‘orang pendatang’, or ‘pendatang’ is a common Malay phrase used to refer to foreigners or immigrants.

The word had been used mainly in a derogatory manner to label fellow Malaysian citizens of a separate ethnic group.

In 2015, then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that Malaysians should not call the different races in Malaysia ‘pendatang’.

Citing the Chinese as an example, Najib praised them as loyal citizens of Malaysia.

In 2014, the late Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem also urged people to stop labelling Chinese in the nation as ‘pendatang’.

He said the Chinese have every right to be Malaysians as they have been here for four or five generations.

Besides the “pendatang” label, there have been occasions when public figures and people in authority sputtered other racial profiling.

In 2008, a Penang Umno leader said, “Chinese were immigrants squatting in this country”, triggering an outcry among right-minded Malaysians.

To this day, ‘pendatang’ remains a word that causes harm.

Critics said the term not only prevents Malaysians from being truly united but is dividing the nation.

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