Veteran Malaysian actress Aunty Lai Meng passes away

The actress passed away on May 6 at the age of 90

Aunty Lai Meng in 'Money No Enough 2'
Aunty Lai Meng in 'Money No Enough 2'
08 May 2018

Aunty Lai Meng in 'Money No Enough 2'

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Veteran Malaysian actress Lai Meng, whose real name was Lai Kwai Yoon, passed away last Sunday night (May 6) at the age of 90.

The actress, who was affectionately known as Lai Meng Yi or Aunty Lai Meng, was active in showbiz for 53 years. One of her best-known roles was as a grandmother stricken with Alzheimer’s disease in local filmmaker Jack Neo’s 2008 comedy film Money No Enough 2. The role also earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 45th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei.

She went on to star in more Jack Neo movies, including Ah Long Pte Ltd (2008), Love Matters (2009) and Where Got Ghost? (2009).

Due to health issues, Aunty Lai Meng announced her retirement from showbiz earlier this year on January 28 at a gala dinner. Addressing fellow actors and directors who have once worked with her, she could not hold back her tears.

“I’m already 90 years old. I did not earn much money, but I gained the support and approval from television audiences, and that is an honour. I have no regrets,” she said.

Her contributions to entertainment earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA) last year, and a Datukship (an honorific title of respect) by the Sultan of Pahang, Malaysia, in 2013.

Several local artistes, including actress Jesseca Liu and actor-deejay Dennis Chew, took to social media to mourn her passing.

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Jesseca Liu reminisces the memories she had with Aunty Lai Meng
Jesseca Liu reminisces the memories she had with Aunty Lai Meng
08 May 2018

Jesseca Liu reminisces the memories she had with Aunty Lai Meng

“I’m glad I met you while filming my first drama series,” the Malaysian-born actress said, “At that time, you broke your leg when you were out buying groceries, because you wanted to cook curry chicken for the cast. Afterwards, you continued to prepare for the shoot with your leg in a cast, and did not have any complaints. By watching you, I understood what professionalism meant.”

She continued, “You were very friendly to everyone on set. You taught me what respect meant, because you told me it was important to respect everyone, regardless of their status and positions. You said there was something to learn from everyone. Aunty Lai Meng, thank you for showing the way for younger actors, and rest in peace.”

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Dennis Chew remembers the time he worked with Aunty Lai Meng
Dennis Chew remembers the time he worked with Aunty Lai Meng
08 May 2018

Dennis Chew remembers the time he worked with Aunty Lai Meng

Dennis shared photographs he took with the actress in 2012 comedy film Dance Dance Dragon and wrote, “Aunty Lai Meng, it was my honour to take on the role of your child (in the series). I was very happy working with you, because you are very friendly and loved to crack jokes with us. I hope you continue to spread happiness to the people around you in heaven, rest in peace.”

Malaysian-born actress Tong Bing Yu with Aunty Lai Meng
Malaysian-born actress Tong Bing Yu with Aunty Lai Meng
08 May 2018

Malaysian-born actress Tong Bing Yu with Aunty Lai Meng

Aunty Lai Meng
Aunty Lai Meng
08 May 2018

Aunty Lai Meng

Aunty Lai Meng
Aunty Lai Meng
08 May 2018

Aunty Lai Meng

Aunty Lai Meng in 'Money No Enough 2' as a grandmother with Alzheimer's Disease
Aunty Lai Meng in 'Money No Enough 2' as a grandmother with Alzheimer's Disease
08 May 2018

Aunty Lai Meng in 'Money No Enough 2' as a grandmother with Alzheimer's Disease

Aunty Lai Meng
Aunty Lai Meng
08 May 2018

Aunty Lai Meng

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