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Edinburgh Festival Q&A: Faizal Abdullah

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

CMU’s sister media ThreeWeeks is currently covering the Edinburgh Festival, the world’s biggest cultural event, which takes over the Scottish capital for three weeks with a packed programme of comedy, theatre, music, musicals, dance, cabaret, spoken word and a whole lot more.

Here in the CMU Daily we’ll pick out some of the highlights of this year’s coverage, including interviews with people who are performing there this year. Today Faizal Abdullah, who is presenting a lecture-performance called ‘Siapa Yang Bawa Melayu Aku Pergi? (Who Took My Malay Away?)’, in which he explores his Muslim-Malay-Singaporean identity.

“I met a number of people who did not know that there are Malays in Singapore”, he says of the inspiration for the show. “Whenever I tell people that I am Singaporean they’ll ask if I speak Chinese. And when I say I don’t – because I am Malay and I speak Malay – they ask if I’m actually Malaysian”

“So this show started as a way to clear up the misunderstanding”, he goes on. “But from that starting point, you discover why things are the way they are, and then it leads on to the other themes”.

Read the interview and find out more about the show here.