MAS has been on a roll recently, with tear-jerking videos to touch our hearts and make us feel all warm and fuzzy. A few months back for Merdeka Day, co-directors Linus Chung and Mohd. Hisham Salleh teamed up to produce Terbang, a short film to highlight their #FlyingHigh campaign. Then for Christmas, 1603 surprise gifts were given out to MAS passengers as a token of love.
For the upcoming Chinese New Year, Linus and Mohd. Hisham again put their creative minds together to produce Blessings, a short film in collaboration with MAS about counting our blessings, no matter how big or how small, and to be a blessing to others — which is very appropriate for this festive season.
Here is the video below. Hint: Watch until the end for a special ‘Ong’ (which means ‘luck’ in Chinese)!
As seen in the video, Linus Chung stayed true to his practice of incorporating the diversity of Malaysian race and culture in his videos — which will either inspire or confuse you. Perhaps it is in our nature to want to segregate the practices of different races, but this blend of languages and cultures — while a breath of fresh air — it might take some getting used to.
Unlike Terbang, Blessings has a tinge of comic relief, probably to add some balance to the video so that we don’t cry our eyes out.
The co-directors also embedded certain clues into the video that link back to MAS, such as the old air stewardess kebaya uniform donned by the dentist’s mother in a flashback scene.
Firefly, a subsidiary airlines of MAS, made an appearance as well.
The real star of the short film, however, is by far its main character. In fact, I personally think he deserves an award for his I-don’t-give-a-rat’s-ass expression.
They see me rollin’, they hatin’.
Because, eye roll.
I am watching you.
The sigh is strong in this one.
Somebody give this man a cookie.
MAS may have been hit hard the previous year, but they’ve been doing what it takes to #keepflying and that in itself surely deserves some credit. So if you’re already anticipating a small angpau collection this year, remember that angpaus are not everything. Go on, be thankful for those fresh new RM1 notes.