According to Wikipedia (probably written by
Alfian Sa'at himself), he is claimed to be known for his
provocative works and is often referred to as his country's
enfant terrible (Ia French term for a child who is
terrifyingly candid by saying embarrassing things to adults). He is
said to have been nominated for best script award at the Local Life
Theater Awards 5 times. Some of his work was mentioned to have
touched on homosexuality and Singapore-Malaysia bilateral
However, what that was not mentioned in Wiki
was that in 2007, Alfian was removal from his relief teaching
position in Ministry of Education for “not best meet the
organisation's requirements”. He had been feeling sore and dejected
ever since. This could be the reason why although born and raised
in Singapore, Alfian somehow decided to seek refuge and shelter in
Malaysia which he had since fondly describe with admiration. I
would call it a blessing in disguise since Alfian had been posting
happy stuff on his FB from Malaysia. Sadly, Alfian fails to realise
the hypocrisy of his postings while doing so.
You see, Alfian has incessantly
pronounce his dejection of treatment as second class citizen and
the lackadaisical perception of Malays. So Alfian started
travelling to Malaysia to sell his plays and books. When he is
there, he repeated praise Malaysians for being tolerant towards
him. He then turned around and mock at Singapore and Singaporeans.
As a Malay saying goes "Bagai kacang lupakn kulit" (direct
translation is "nut that forgets of its shell") meaning "somebody
who forget his/her origins". This aptly applies to Alfian as he
forgot his orgin so much that he took the effort to diss the entire
NDP Song (http://newnation.sg/2012/07/alfian-saats-genius-take-on-ndp-song/)
point by point.
Alfian Saat proclaimed himself to
be a proud Muslim. When Alfian posted that Halal food is very
common in Malaysia, many of his FB friends applauded him for
insisting on having Halal food and keeping his faith strong.
However, unknown to many, Alfian Saat is a gay Muslim and the
boyfriend is a Chinese. Could this be the underlying reason for him
feeling dejected in Singapore?
I am sure Alfian knows that
homosexuality is forbidden in Islam, it is taboo. It is a crime
that is punishable by death in countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia
and Yemen. For Malaysia, it is a guaranteed capital punishment.
Just look at what happened to Anwar Ibrahim. Being known as
homosexual can destory everything in a person's life.
If you are a boy, you cannot dress
like a girl. This is “haram” too.
One can argue that he was born this
way just like Kumar (Singapore's funniest drag queen) or maybe
there were also famous gay writers like Tennessee Williams, James
Baldwin or Allen Ginsberg but sadly, if you are Muslim, you cannot
be gay. Period. There is also no way that you can and will be
accepted in Malaysia where many of its policies are aligned with
Oh...I wonder how
does Alfian feel when the Malaysians call Singapore dog during the
last Suzuki Cup (http://sg.sports.yahoo.com/news/malaysia-dog-football-chant-riles-singapore-fans-055434743--sow.html).
How do you feel being called a dog by people from the same country
that you admire so much?
good luck Aflian and stop contridicting
(Editor's Note: I have to clarify that
nothing against Gays. In fact, I hang out with some on a regular
basis. I just dislike people who are so gutless to comment on
government polices objectively for fear of backlash but is ever
critical on racial stuff and stoking resentment amongst races from