Google Honours Malaysian Film-maker Yasmin Ahmad with doodle


Yasmin Ahmad, the late Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter was honoured by search engine Google with a doodle on her 56th birthday.

The users of have been witnessing a doodle today featuring a water-colored picture of Yasmin squeezed by a Google homepage logo stylized in the ‘Sepet’ movie poster font.

Zeffri Yusof, the Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google Malaysia, in a statement said search engine giant has selected Tuesday to commemorate the award-winning local film and TV commercial director, who aimed to bring together her compatriots regardless of their gender and ethnicity and status through her work.

Zeffri also thanked Yasmin’s family on the behalf of Google for their approval for the doodle. Yasmin died on July 25, 2009 at the age of 51.

Directed by Yasmin, the movie Sepet (slit eyes) was released in 2004. The award-winning movie caught heart of millions of Malaysians with a grief-stricken love story between a Malay girl and a Chinese boy.

Besides Sepet, she also directed several other award-winning movies including Gubra, Mukhsin, Muallaf and Talentime, but the delivery of a string of chartbuster movies was not only reason of her fame and she was also well known for her memorable commercials for country’s oil giant Petronas. The popularity of her commercials was boundless and they earned several awards both nationally and internationally.

In 2008, Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia inducted Yasmin into Malaysian Advertising Hall of Fame for her highly-commendable services for advertisement industry.

This is not the first time that Google has created a doodle to honor events in Malaysia. It created stylized doodle for the Merdeka celebrations five times in last six years but the honoring of a Malaysian figure on its homepage is the first time by the search engine.

Last year, Google created an ‘Election’ doodle during country’s 13th General Election.