Tributes for Oscar winner Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh continue to flow in at an awards ceremony after-party.
Author and consultant Datuk Joey Yap, who is currently in Hollywood, said: “As a Malaysian, I join other Malaysians to salute Michelle. I am privileged and lucky to be here.
“There is so much goodwill, respect and love for Michelle here. As she said in her acceptance speech, she will take the Oscar back to KL.” he told The Star on Monday (March 13).
Another Asian powerhouse of cinema, Jet Li, was also spotted at the after-party.
He and Yeoh have worked together before in both Hollywood and in Hong Kong, where she first found fame as an actress.
King, queen congratulate Yeoh on historic Oscars win
Earlier, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah conveyed their congratulations to Yeoh on her historic win in the best actress category at the 95th Academy Awards for the film ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’.
Their Majesties congratulated Yeoh in a post on the Istana Negara Facebook page today, praising her for elevating the country’s standing globally.
“This proves that with determination, grit and hard work, Malaysians can compete and succeed internationally,” the post read.
Their Majesties wished Yeoh all the best in her future endeavours and prayed that she would be blessed with continued success.
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Yeoh has made Malaysia proud on the international stage by being the first Asian to win the award.
On Instagram, Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, daughter of the Sultan of Selangor, congratulated Yeoh saying: “Huge congratulations @michelleyeoh_official we are so proud…and my warm regards to Jean Todt.”
Women, family and community development minister Nancy Shukri, youth and sports minister Hannah Yeoh, and former prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob were among the host of politicians who congratulated Yeoh.
Hannah cheered alongside Nancy and Yeoh’s family at a live viewing of the 2023 Oscars.
Nancy embraced Yeoh’s mother Datin Janet Yeoh in the midst of the applause and celebrations during the actress’ win at Dadi Cinema, Pavilion Bukit Bintang this morning.
Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng congratulated Yeoh on Twitter, admitting he was nervous in the lead-up to her win.
“So, is there a public holiday tomorrow?” Lim cheekily wrote.
Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming praised Yeoh for making history.
“May her story inspire many small girls, with true passion, determination & perseverance, nothing is impossible,” Nga wrote on Twitter.
Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said Yeoh’s win was a testament to her talent.
Former transport minister Wee Ka Siong thanked Yeoh for “breaking the glass ceiling and making us Malaysians proud”.
Malaysian Artistes Association (Seniman) president Rozaidi Jamil, better known as Zed Zaidi, said that Yeoh’s achievements have set a new bar for Malaysian artistes to follow.
“Yeoh’s achievements serve as an inspiration and a reminder that talent and hard work can take you far, regardless of your background or where you come from,” he said.
Former national badminton champion Lee Chong Wei, who once said Yeoh was among his pick of the best artistes in Malaysia, called her “remarkable” and a “superhero”.
Local veteran hairstylist, Winnie Loo shared on Instagram a heartfelt message and photos taken during Yeoh’s pageant years where she won the Miss World Malaysia title in 1983.
“I am so proud of her, especially since I have known her from her days of doing hair at A Cut Above and her winning Miss Malaysia in 1983 when I was a sponsor and judge for the pageant.
“Today, she proves it once again that she is simply AMAZING, CONVINCING and destined.
“Congratulations, TS Michelle, we in Malaysia can’t wait to celebrate your victory when you come back with your trophy. Bravo,” she wrote in the caption.
Fellow Malaysian celebrities were also seen celebrating the Ipoh-born actress in the comment section, including songbird Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza, models Amber Chia and Francisca Luhong as well as actors Hairul Azreen and Diana Danielle.
Other local celebrities who have taken to their social media to congratulate Yeoh included actress Sharifah Amani, and singer and composer Michael Wong.
Daphne Iking, Amber Chia, Diana Danielle, Nadia Brian, Hairul Azreen Idris and Mimi Lana also posted congratulatory comments on Yeoh’s post.
Diana said: “Sincerest Congratulations, from a fellow M’sian. Trailblazer”, while Nadia commented: “Real Queen!”
Not just Malaysians but many Asians were beaming over Yeoh’s win.
Female education activist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Pakistan Malala Yousafzai shared her joy, commenting, “so well deserved and loved every word of your speech”.
Comedian and actor Ken Jeong, with whom Yeoh starred alongside in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” commented with a string of yellow hearts.
Taiwanese singer and actor Vanness Wu shared screenshots of Yeoh and the whole Everything Everywhere All at Once’s team win at the Oscars on his Instagram page.
“Filled with many emotions. Asian pride. Dreams are there for a reason. So DREAM BIG! Massive Congratulations,” he wrote in the captions.
American actor and comedian CS Lee commented with a string of emojis celebrating her win.
Jenny Yang expressed her excitement with her comment, “SCREAMING AND CRYING FOR YOU MICHELLE!!!! YangJie Gongxi GongXi!!!!”
Famous Hong-Kong filmmaker and actor Stephen Chow took to his Instagram story to congratulate Yeoh by posting a screenshot from her Oscars’ speech along with ‘Congratulations’.
Actor and producer Daniel Wu shared a clip of him and his daughter watching and celebrating the Best Actress announcement.
“All I have to say is the most important thing to me about tonight’s that my daughter saw this. Thanks for the shoutout Michelle Yeoh. Tonight was huge!” he said, while also congratulating actor Ke Huy Quan for his win.
Soon after her winning the Oscar, Yeoh had shared a photo of her with the iconic Academy Awards trophy alongside her partner, Datuk Seri Jean Todt on her Instagram, which was also swarmed with congratulatory messages from prominent figures in the comment section.
This included comments from DC Universe’s head honcho and filmmaker James Gunn and famous TVB actress Gigi Lai.
The post garnered more than 130k likes in under an hour.