To mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2016, Monsoon invites all Malaysians and friends of Malaysia to take a look at Marco Ferrarese’s novel Nazi Goreng, currently banned in Malaysia.
Nazi Goreng is a disturbing story of one young Malay man’s coming-of-age in the big city and offers a stunning portrait of the racial tensions that pervade Malaysian society. Asrul is a fanatical yet naïve Muslim skinhead from small town Kedah, who finds escape in hardcore punk and aspires to life in the big city. After Asrul is recruited by friend Malik to join a neo-Nazi skinhead gang, the boys move to Penang to realise their racially fuelled teenage dreams.
Petty acts of ethnic violence against immigrant workers and minority groups in the name of Kuasa Melayu (Malay Power) earn Asrul limited social empowerment and occasional ridicule, so it is not without trepidation that he follows Malik again, this time into the seedy world of the Malaysian narcotics trade, where selling drugs offers quick money and street respect. Surrounded by corrupt police officials, shifty Iranians, gun-toting Nigerians and a sexy drug mule from mainland China, Asrul soon finds himself drawn into a downward spiral that makes him question his friends, his loved ones and his core beliefs.
The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day is: “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This Is Your Right!”. Press freedom applies to, amongst other things, newspapers, magazines and books, and the term is used for the right to disseminate opinions and information and the permission to speak in the press on political and other issues and to criticise governments.