Shin Min Daily headline - 16 March 2009picture via Shin Min’s blog

I found the headline story in today’s Shin Min Daily about actor, Henry Thia (程旭辉), rather amusing and did a search online to find the original complain letter. Here is it, via a Cari.com.my – a very popular Malaysian Chinese forum. It is written by someone called hyferd_art, a Malaysian (English translation below via yours truly):

(这是我给新传媒的投诉信)

致新传媒,
请严重看待此事,程旭辉让我对新传媒艺人反感!!新传媒艺人们是不是都表里不一,不可一世?
地点:BP Mall (峇株吧辖)
时间:中午
对话内容

当时我在档口,整理东西。辉哥便走过来看看。

老婆对我说 :你看辉哥。
我对辉哥说 :是喔!大明星可以拍张照吗?
辉哥对我们说 :五块。
我开玩笑指着我老婆说 :跟美女拍照应该不用钱吧?
辉哥对我们说 :六块,我经纪人要收的,不是我。

我本以为辉哥跟我开玩笑,我便拿起电话准备拍照,这时辉哥便掉头就走,整个过程连看都不看我一眼,一脸神气样子就好像天王巨星一样。

这时我对新传媒艺人的影响跌入谷底,我想应该是每个新传媒艺人都是这样的吧,表面看来很亲切,但实际上是高傲无比,不可一世。我原本是想看幸福万岁的,但我看不用了,太假了,怕看了会吐!我今后也不会再看新传媒的节目。因为我相信连礼貌都没有的人,不会演出什么好戏!

致辉哥,
饮水思源,辉哥我送你这四个字,连我家的小黄都知道他口里的骨头是谁给的,你会有今天也是有我们这班白痴看在你老实,亲切才买票看你的戏,如果你连老实,亲切都没有,你真的什么都不是。我问我国首相拍照他都不会拒绝,你还真的是大牌过我国首相。
(以上意见纯属个人感受)

(This is my complain letter to Mediacorp)

Dear Mediacorp,
Please look into this incident seriously, Henry Thia has made me lose faith in your artistes! Are all Mediacorp artistes snobbish and arrogant?
Location: BP Mall
Time: Noon
Conversation:

I was tidying up some stuff at my store when Henry walked by.

My wife said to me: “Look, it’s Henry Thia.”
I said to Henry: “Hey big star, can I take a picture with you?”
Henry said to me: “Five dollars.”
I jokingly pointed at my wife and said: “I don’t suppose we still we need to pay if you are taking picture with a beauty?”
Henry replied us: “Six dollars, my manager wants to collect this, not me.”

At first, I thought he was joking; but when I took out my camera phone and attempt to take a picture, Henry turned around and walked away. He did not look at me throughout and had an arrogant look on his face as if he was a superstar.

My respect for Mediacorp artistes evaporated this instance. I suppose all Mediacorp artistes behave this way. They pretend to be very friendly and cordial on screen, but are totally different in real life. I wanted to watch Henry Thia’s new movie, “Love Matters” initially, but now I don’t think I will any more. I also will not watch any more Mediacorp programs from now on. I believe rude people won’t be able to act well.

To Henry Thia:

A few words of advice – know your roots. Your success today is dependent on people like us who supported your programs and movies because we thought you are a nice, humble person. Otherwise, you are nothing. When I asked our Prime Minister to take a picture with me, even he obliged – who do you think you are?

To be fair, this is a one-sided story. We have to hear what Henry Thia has to say before passing any judgement. In any case, I found this quite amusing as S$5 is a really pitiful amount for a “star” to ask for, in return for a picture with him. I have a feeling Henry was probably joking and there was some miscommunication between him and this hyferd_art guy. Agree? 🙂

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