My Beloved Dearest

My Beloved Dearest (Malay: Sayang Disayang) is a 2013 Singaporean drama film directed by Sanif Olek.[1] This film is notable as Singapore's first locally made Malay-language film since its independence from Malaysia in 1965.

My Beloved Dearest
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MalaySayang Disayang
Directed bySanif Olek
Written bySanif Olek
Gene Sha Rudyn
Produced bySanif Olek
StarringRahim Razali
Aidli Mosbit
CinematographyM Senthilnathan
Vincent Wong
Music byImran Ajmain
Release date
  • 2013 (2013)
Running time
80 minutes
Bahasa Indonesia


The film tells the story of the fractious relationship between Murni, a homesick Indonesian caregiver slash domestic helper and her crabby and disabled older Singaporean master, a widower named Pak Harun who sits on his wheelchair all day by the sliding glass door where the curtains are shut and seemingly waiting for someone to rescue him from his loneliness and helplessness. Pak Harun resists all basic conversation with Murni and rudely expresses his dislike of the food that she serves him every day, including the traditional Nusantara dish sambal goreng.[2]


  • Rahim Razali as Harun
  • Aidli Mosbit as Murni
  • Asnida Daud as Siti
  • Hashimah Hamidon as Minah
  • Rafaat Hj Hamzah as Rosli
  • Norsiah Ramly
  • Keatar HM
  • Shah Iskandar[3]
  • Khalid Baboo


It was selected as Singapore's official 2015 entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, but was not nominated.[4][5][6]

In November 2013 the film won the Best Asian Film (Jury Prize) at the SalaMindanaw International Film Festival in the Philippines.[7]

In 2014 it was the closing film for the Southeast Asian Film Festival[8] and opening film for the Phnom Penh International Film Festival.[9] It was an Official Selection at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival,[10] the Hawaii International Film Festival where it was showcased in the festival's New Frontiers section,[11] the Edmonton International Film Festival,[12] the Luang Prabang Film Festival,[13] the Barcelona International Film Festival[14] and showcased at the Southeast Asian Screen Academy.[15] It also represented Singapore at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards but was not nominated.

Other awards include the Mexico International Film Festival's Best Musical award,[16][17] and the Best Feature at the 12th Royal Bali International Film Festival.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "#MoviesMusicPlaysFilmFestivalsConcerts".
  3. ^
  4. ^ "S'pore Malay film in Oscar bid". Asia One. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  5. ^ Abid Rahman (28 September 2014). "Oscars: Singapore Selects 'Sayang Disayang' as Foreign-Language Candidate". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ "Singapore Selects 'Sayang Disayang' as Oscar Contender". Variety. 29 September 2014.
  7. ^ "First SalaMindanaw int'l film fest announces winners". 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ Singapore Art Museum. "Singapore Art Museum".
  9. ^ PPIFF. "Opening film: SAYANG DISAYANG".
  10. ^ "ASIAN FEATURE". 9th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival - JAFF 2014. 19 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Film Listing - 2014 HIFF Fall Festival". Archived from the original on 7 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "LPFF - Movies - 2014 - Sayang Disayang - Singapore". Archived from the original on 7 January 2015.
  14. ^ Super User. "2014 Winners".
  15. ^ "Schedule".
  16. ^ Chan, Boon (1 November 2014). "Local Malay film chosen as Oscar entry". Singapore Press Holdings. The Straits Times.
  17. ^ Super User. "Mexico International Film Festival - Mexico Film Festivals - 2014 Winners". Archived from the original on 1 February 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2015.

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