Shang-Chi Actor Explains What It Means To Be Malaysian With 3 Relatable Reasons

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Malaysians are taking Hollywood by storm with homegrown heroes like Michelle Yeoh and Ronny Chieng gracing the big screen in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The movie, which was released earlier this month will make its way to Malaysia in October following the recent reopening of cinemas.

While most of the world, and even Singapore have had a chance to catch the action-packed superhero blockbuster flick, Malaysia can at least claim two of its star-studded cast.

Shang-Chi actor Ronny Chieng hasn’t forgotten his roots

Famously known as a senior correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and making his American feature debut in the film Crazy Rich Asians, comedian Ronny Chieng’s appearance in Marvel’s latest release hasn’t deterred his proud Malaysian roots.

In a tweet posted on Malaysia Day by Marvel Studios Malaysia, Johor Bahru born Ronny proves still very Malaysian despite his Hollywood success.

Our very own, JB-born, Ronny Chieng shares what (still) makes him Malaysian at heart! 😎 Catch him as Jon Jon in Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, (finally) in Malaysian cinemas 7 October. #ShangChiMY

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— Marvel Studios Malaysia (@MarvelMalaysia) September 16, 2021

In the 1 minute Malaysia Day greeting, Ronny wishes everyone a “Selamat Hari Malaysia” professing he is still an “Anak Malaysia”.

 “You know how I know I’m still a Malaysian at heart?” he asks viewers.

He then reveals 3 very relatable reasons how.

© Provided by The Rakyat Post (Credit: Screen grab from Marvel Studios Malaysia / Twitter)

Number one, I still have a Malaysia passport okay, look at this, what more proof do you need?

Ronny’s number two reason why he’s still a Malaysian at heart: “I still use my ‘lah’ and ‘meh’ all the time like ‘boleh lah’, ‘can meh’, ‘can lah’.”

And his third reason, well it has to do with food and drinks (naturally) and how he can still order like a pro at the kopitiam.

© Provided by The Rakyat Post “Hey uncle, one kopi peng kosong!” (Credit: Screen grab from Marvel Studios Malaysia / Twitter)

He ends the video with well wishes to all Malaysians before uttering the slogan that embodies the Malaysian spirit – ‘Malaysia Boleh’.

For fans of Marvel, movies and the actor himself, Ronny will be playing Jon Jon in the new superhero movie as the right-hand man and announcer at Shang-Chi’s estranged sister Xialing’s (played by Meng’er Zhang) underground fighting club.  

Joining him is another fellow Malaysian Michelle Yeoh as Ying Nan, a guardian of the mythical village Ta Lo and Shang-Chi and Xialing’s aunt.

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to open in Malaysian cinemas starting 7 October.

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