Of course, I am not a self-confessed DC or Marvel comics fanatic; I mean, I do read them once a while, perused the biodata of the fictional characters but I don’t think it is “legit” to dub myself as a fanatic – well, there will be some “fan puritans who will antagonize whatever you write IF your writing contradicts to their fanaticism”.
Anyway, enough with the disclaimer! What I want to highlight in this entry is about a character from DC Comic’s “Batgirl” named Munira Khairuddin or her alter-ego, Obscura. Now, what’s so great about her? Well nothing much except that among the Malaysian comic fans, this news engendered a nuclear effect of euphoria and “pride” (you know Asians, right? Whatever recognition bestowed by the West is dubbed as prestigious and “honour” – yet we are talking about East emancipation from colonialism? Well, some may contradict this as “international recognition”!!) as this character is described as :-
- a Malay Muslim girl who studied at Gotham University;
- a friend of Barbara Gordon who is Batgirl;
- working as a top espionage fighter in the Spy Smasher division.
This character is inspired by the real life Malay Muslim woman named Munira Mustaffa who is a counter-terrorism scholar, strategic intelligence analyst and due diligence consultant for several international corporate intelligence and security firms in London. Apparently, Obscura made her first appearance back in 2014 but average Malaysians like me are only aware of this when Facebook made the article confirming Obscura’s ethnicity viral early this year 2016 and thanks to one of my FB acquaintances, Shamsinor Zaman for sharing the article from Elle Magazine on Obscura!
Munira Mustaffa, the Malay woman who is the inspiration for the character Munira Khairuddin in DC’s “Batgirl”.
Sure it seems trivial but I guess this should serve as benchmark for global Malay domination. As for me, I am ready to venture out the world. I hope my plan this year will materialize to exit the Malaysian primary education system and further my PhD (now still waiting for the documentations from Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Hulu Selangor to accelerate my further applications). Like Munira Mustaffa, I wanna fly high and dream big. I think I deserve a better portfolio in my personal repertoire. I got potential. I need to brave myself out from the comfort zone. God bless.
An ass-kicking Malay Domination!