DiY, the new media advisor to the Minister, responds to this posting: "There was never any issue on this matter. PM and wife could not meet the entire cast because it was already late. However, PM and wife met Dato Lat, producer and a few of the main casts. Hope this helps to clarify what has been written in the blog." - Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya, Media Adviser to the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture (via SMS yesterday)
"This is my house ...!" If you have not watched Lat The Musical, make time for it. You will enjoy it, as I did, two nights ago, despite an unfortunate incident that happened - or, rather, DID NOT happen - at the end of the show.
Lat to me is a living reminder of a fun/peace-loving multiracial Malaysia that is slowly slipping away from us. Watching Lat the Musical brought back a lot of memories of my own past, my own Kevins and Mrs Hews. And Awie was awesome. I've never watched any of his movies but after Lat The Musical I got a copy of Hantu Kak Limah Balik Rumah. Sampai pecah perut, beb!
Back to two nights ago, the PM and wife were also at the Istana Budaya for Lat the Musical. They were accompanied by Lat himself and Rais Yatim, the multi-portfolio Minister. At the end of the show, everyone expected the PM and Rosmah to go up on stage and meet Awie & Gang. PM is patron of the show, after all. But he, unfortunately, did not. Or could not. Or would not? I didn't know what happened so I asked some people who did, and they told me that the organisers really wanted the PM and the PM's wife to go up and meet the pelakons, especially the kids. The Prime Minister's Office really, really wanted him to go up stage, too, and this had been told to the organisers.
But one man had said no to this even before the show started. When they protested, he said:
"This is my house, you WILL follow my rules ..!"
Melaunnn! (To quote Pak Samad, the man who discovered Lat)
Lat the Musical will run until April 5. For tickets, please go to ticket2u.biz