The love of Tan Hong Ming

Remember when being in love was simple?

By internet standards, this video is prehistoric but too good and too cute not to share. Directed by acclaimed Malaysian director/writer/producer Yasmin Ahmad whose work is well-known for its humor, heart and love that crosses cultural barriers, this ad for Malaysian oil company Petronas was filmed for Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day.

Tan Hong Ming is Chinese while the object of his affection, Umi Qazrina, is Malay, but both children are of Malaysian nationality. It is a gentle reminder to all Malaysians, and in fact to everyone, to strive for ethnic harmony. If these two children are unafraid of falling in love with someone of a different ethnicity or race, why not the rest of us?

Unfortunately, Yasmin Ahmad died on July 25, 2009 from a brain hemorrhage.