Kee Thuan Chye

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Kee Thuan Chye (born May 25, 1954; age 66) is a well-known Malaysian actor, journalist and author. He has acted in theatre, movies and on television for more than 30 years and still do so. movie roles include: (1) Entrapment; (2) Anna and the King; (3) Marco Polo, a Hallmark TV-movie; and (4) Secrets of the Forbidden City for the BBC and the History Channel.

Kee Thuan Chye received his Master's degree in drama from Essex University in 1988. He was given a British Council Fellowship to study in England. He wrote many plays and poems. Two of his plays have been shown at UK Festivals:

  1. The Big Purge was read at the Soho Theatre in 2005.
  2. The Swordfish, Then the Concubine was partly read at the Warehouse Theatre's 21st International Playwrighting Festival in November 2006. It was placed among the Top 5.

His play, 1984 Here and Now, is included in an international collection of poems called Postcolonial Plays. It was published by Routledge, United Kingdom. Kee's short story, A Sense of Home, is included in New Writing 10. This short story was published by Picador, also in the United Kingdom.

Kee Thuan Chye is also a well-known civil rights fighter. Because the Malaysian government does not allow newspapers to criticize her, Kee would write what he wants to say in his plays when he cannot write them in newspapers. And because he dares to speak out, Kee was named as one of the The Annexe Heroes when The Annexe Heroes Freedom of Expression Awards was started in 2008.[1]

In 2010, he was named the 34th Most Trusted Malaysian by Reader's Digest.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Lim Kit Siang.com: Hero worship
  2. The Star: Malaysians trust Nicol the most: Reader’s Digest poll