30 Dec '11, 12am

Mat Yoyo making TV comeback in 4 different languages

It started as a television show featuring child actors dressed in cat costumes aimed at Malay-speaking children. But Mat Yoyo, later renamed Aksi Mat Yoyo, transcended language barriers despite the lack of English subtitles and became a television hit watched by children of various races. Teacher Gunasegaran Suppiah, 36, for example, could understand only a smattering of Malay words but watched the show regularly in the 1980s. Background story 'Mat Yoyo was a point of mental connection for my Malay friends and me. To be able to talk about Yoyo and Yaya, even joke about them, marked us as Singaporeans to one another' Poet and literary critic Gwee Li Sui on how Mat Yoyo brought Singaporeans together in the 1980s 'When I was growing up, Mat Yoyo was synonymous with children's programming. It's right up there with American children's series Sesame Street and The Electric Compa...

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