The last time this happened to him at the NST was in 1999, and also just before a general election.
Amir, you must be doing something right!
You can still read Amir's previous columns (including those the NST didn't want to publish) on his blog and his book Politicians say the Darndest Things is due out soon. (It's being serialised in Off The Edge, starting this month.)
Amir's most recent column highlights Malaysia's award winning filmmakers. Congrats to James Lee, Deepak Kumaran Menon and Woo Ming Jin who suceeded despite having only limited budgets to work with. Amir describes a panel discussion on the topic of "cooperative filmmaking" at the new Delhi Film Festival:
Along the way, we dished on how certain segments of our media have labelled these films as being “an insult to national sovereignty” for their choices of language, and therefore “for failing to portray the correct image of Malaysia.” As if all the ghosts movies we are now being served are a correct image of our reality!Which just shows the warped mentality of the bigots. Luckily Amir and friends find it amusing rather than otherwise.
(Pic of Amir (left) and Datuk Shan in Silverfish during the litfest, taken by Shahril Nizam)