Former Restaurateur Ian Fang Recently Opened A Karaoke Pub... But It Had To Close Temporarily Due To Covid-19
The Shanghai-born star of Malay drama Forensik tells us how he is coping with the month-long closure and also impresses us with his Malay during the interview.
When I arranged to have a chat with Ian Fang last week, I wasn’t quite expecting the phone interview to be done in a mixture of English, Mandarin, and Malay. Yes, you read right, Malay.
It seems the Shanghai-born actor had such a blast filming and bonding with his co-stars on Malay drama Forensik, a Suria spin-off of popular crime drama Code of Law, that he would seize any chance to showcase his Malay-speaking capabilities.
The 30-year-old didn’t just pepper his sentences with everyday words and phrases like “makcik” (auntie) and “lepak satu corner” (chill in one corner), there was a sentence or two that was too cheem for me and my very rusty Malay to understand.
Did you just google that, I ask. “No lah!” replies Ian, “last time when I went to Malaysia [to promote my movie] I asked my co-stars to teach me a few greetings in Malay.” Not bad, even though the grammar wasn’t always correct.