Sadly, indeed very disappointingly, I read the above, where one of my fave columnists has joined in the protest against Jackie Chan being honoured with a Datukship, though Azly did it in style with a humorous satire.
But why have Malaysians become so anti Jackie Chan in this respect, even if we allow for Tengku Adnan's silly ill-prepared explanation. The latter has been a classic example of an incompetent minister entrusted with explaining to Malaysians why Jackie Chan was awarded a Datukship but who fucked it up badly, unfortunately to Jackie's disadvantage.
Great nations around the world have honoured foreign artistes for entertaining and bringing joy and happiness to their people, or living up to the ideals of their nations, or just being exemplary artistes in their professions.
France is a marvellous example where this great nation has honoured many foreign artistes for decades, including our very own Michelle Yeoh.
Sweetie Michelle was TWICE honoured by France, in April 2007 by then French President Jacques Chirac with the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, and again in March 2012 by then French President Nicolas Sarkozy with the Officier de la Légion d'honneur. The 2nd decoration was presented at a ceremony in the Elysee Palace.
Those awards have been great honour not only to sweetie Michelle but to Malaysia as well.
One of the world's greatest comedians, Jerry Lewis was similarly honoured a number of times, though long before our own Michelle. The French loved him for his comedy. In 2006 on his 80th birthday, he was again honoured, though this time receiving France's highest civilian award.
Similarly, Great Britain has also honoured foreign artistes with knighthoods for decades. Some of the better known foreigners so honoured have been Bob Hope (USA), Douglas Fairbanks(USA), Placido Domingo (Spain), Spike Mulligan (Ireland), Yehudi Menuhin (Switzerland-USA), Ravi Shanker (India), Steven Spielberg (USA), Ann Murray (Ireland).
Many may not be aware of Jackie Chan's philanthropist efforts where after the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004, he headed a drive to build an entirely new village right from scratch in Aceh for the people who were displaced by the great devastation.
The result of his efforts has been named Friendship Village though unofficially as the Jackie Chan village - unofficially because Indonesia does NOT permit places to be named after foreigner.
I support the Datukship for Jackie because his works as an entertainer/artiste have brought joy and much happiness to many Malaysians, and not because as Ku Nan so stupidly explained, he made a film here.
That has been the same reason France honoured Jerry Lewis as a member of France Legion of Honour.
I feel a bit sad that some Malaysians have been disparaging the award to Jackie Chan just because the BN has recommended him for the Datukship.
It's the same f* ugly poisonous and totally mindless divisive politics of our country that saw Michelle Yeoh being abused by Malaysians when she was awarded a Tan Sri-ship.
Stop the silly mindless and poisonous divisive politics.
Read also my post Black & White of Malaysian political thinking
Jerry Lewis in top French honour
US comedian Jerry Lewis has celebrated his 80th birthday in Paris receiving France's highest civilian honour in a raucous ceremony.
Mr Lewis winked, stuck out his tongue and made faces during the event to award him the Legion of Honour.
The actor turned up for the usually sober event, in a gilded hall of the Ministry of Culture, wearing slippers.
He then yawned, checked his watch and pretended to fall asleep as the culture minister made a 20-minute speech.
The crowd roared at Lewis' antics, often drowning out minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres' speech in which he called the actor the "French people's favourite clown".
Ministry officials then presented the star of 1963 film The Nutty Professor with a massive cake and sang Happy Birthday.
Speaking afterwards, Lewis apologised for not speaking French, but said that "even if the French people cannot hear my language, they have always heard my heart".
He said he was flattered by his induction into the Legion of Honour, and that he had been "gloriously elevated" by the award.
"The French people are the best in the world," the King of Comedy actor added.
Lewis is one of 37 foreigners to have received the title in the past three years.