In sheer anticipation of the majority knowing the truth by creating more controversies at Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s highly acclaimed latest project about two Malaysian Statesmen Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman between 8 May 1969 till 16 January 1976, DAP Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng banned the film from being screened in the state.
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PULAU PINANG 29 Ogos – Kerajaan DAP Pulau Pinang mengharamkan tayangan filem Tanda Putera di semua pawagam di negeri ini.
Ketua Menteri, Lim Guan Eng berkata, surat rasmi akan dihantar kepada semua pemilik pawagam yang diberi lesen peniagaan oleh pihak berkuasa tempatan hari ini supaya tidak menayangkan filem berkenaan. – UTUSAN ONLINE
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Many lessons glaringly portrayed from this absurd and immature call.
One, Chinese Chauvinist Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Guan Eng has yet to watch the film, to determine whether the contents are really part of sowing hatred against the Chinese as he claims or the unsuitability for majority of Malaysians. And yet, he pre-empted very unfairly and with deep prejudice to a work which many felt majority of Malaysians should understand what were circumstances, challenges and decisions made by Tun Razak and Tun Dr Ismail under duress when the nation was in distress.
Two, the film censorship board under Home Ministry already approved the film for public screening when PG13 certificate was issued on 11 June last year. This is after the usual scrutiny, security and moral experts already done with vetting the film to ascertain it is fit for public screening without having detrimental outcomes.
Third, the film is under the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia policy scheme of ‘Wajib Tayang’ where locally produced films must be slotted for public screening through the cinema circuits. Undermining this policy is like attacking public and industry interest and cinema operators risk losing their operating license.
Fourth, DAP Secretary General and Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim’s constant statement berating ‘Tanda Putera’ without any basis and his latest reaction is a demonstration that they are very afraid for their own dark and horrible direct involvement in the past, in turning this country into to a destabilized nation. It is undeniably an admission of guilt.
Fifth, DAP Secretary General Lim even in his capacity of Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang neither has the ultra-vires power to stop any public presentation by commercial entities which are licensed and have the necessary permits and approvals.
Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim just demonstrated a behaviour of who they and his band of bandits really are, a ruthless dictator. It is undoubtedly that they are Neo Min Yuens and they are very much keeping alive their modus operandi as ”Radicals and subversive elements”, exactly like in May 1969 how and when the racial clashes erupted.
As Neo Min Yuens, they have been consistently and systematically out to create disability via their ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy and continue to sow and fan racism, Chinese chauvinism and anti-Constitution traits and provocations. They are also out to confuse especially younger Malaysians with their manipulation of half truths and twisting actual events and intepretation of the skewed history.
‘Tanda Putera’ was an opportunity for many Malaysians to be reminded what had happened and transpired before and after the 13 May 1969 racial clashes in the past. For many more younger Malaysians, the film is about telling them there are still “Extremists, radicals and subversive elements” in the society today and they should be rejected.
This blatant act of dictatorship is completely against every principle of entrepreneurism, rights of licensed commercial entities to present their product and earn for their keep and the performing arts industry. This is also complete violation of the principle of democracy and freedom of expression.
Imagine of they have the power as the Federal Government.
In short, ‘Tanda Putera’ is a performing arts project based on historical facts and personal accounts, where many could learn the truth on the sinister agenda of the Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders and members then and still are, present day.
Pesona Pictures and FINAS should sue Lim and the Pulau Pinang State Government if this ban of ‘Tanda Putera’ in the island state is followed through.
Cinemas which refused to screen locally produced films under the FINAS ‘wajib tayang’ scheme may risking their operating license.
28 August 2013| last updated at 04:54PM
‘Film operators have no choice but to screen Tanda Putera’By PREDEEP NAMBIAR
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GEORGE TOWN: Film operators have no choice but to screen the Tanda Putera movie, as it is categorised under the must-screen rule (Syarat Wajib Tayang) by the authorities.
A cinema owner contacted by the New Straits Times said the movie had to be screened for at least a week as per the guidelines set by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).
“All local movies must be played. We cannot take instructions from anyone, which includes the state government, on this matter.
“If we do not comply, we might get our licenses revoked.” said the spokesman of a cinema chain who did not wanted to be named earlier.
He was responding to the Penang state government’s call to all cinemas here to not screen the movie.
State Local Government committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said he would ‘advise’ cinemas to not screen the film, which begins its run in most cinemas here tomorrow.
“It is not an order, just an advice,” he said in a text message.
Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was reported as saying the cabinet decided not to run the film for a while due to certain controversial aspects at the time.
“I think ‘Tanda Putera‘ is a product of our filmmakers which should be seen from the perspective of art…on the question of how people view perspective, it is based on their interpretation.
“Most importantly, we want more local films screened in this country, and whether they could be marketed outside the country,” Bernama quoted him as saying.
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Lim Guan Eng’s immature behaviour towards ‘Tanda Putera’ is raised by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek in the condescending tone, befits a proven an anti-Constitution and anti-establishment Neo Min Yuen leader.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:52
Will Penang ban Negaraku next – “consumed by revenge” DAP slammed for film ban
KUALA LUMPUR – The Penang government decision banning the screening of the film ‘Tanda Putera’ shows that the DAP leaders are shallow and starting a culture of banning and cencorship.
Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek described the the DAP government’s action as stupid for making the decision without watching the film.
“Imagine if they rule this country. There is no chance for art to grow because they are consumed by revenge and irrational sentiments. Their action is the true reflection of them,” he told reporters after launching the independence promotion films and playing of ‘Negaraku’ to mark 56th Merdeka Day celebration at GSC Pavilion here, today.
Directed by award winning director Datuk Suhaimi Baba, the film ‘Tanda Putera’ dwells on the May 13 incident and will meet audience nationwide from tomorrow (August 29).
He said although the operation of cinemas is under the jurisdiction of local authorities, the DAP should not abuse power by banning the screening of the film.
“Films are banned by the Home Ministry via the Film Censorship Board if they are unsuitable, violent or send the wrong message.
“There are many aspects that must be scrutinised and debated. Ultimately it is the audience who will determine and evaluate the film.”
Shabery said the move to ban the screening of the film without strong reasons would lead to other things.
“This is something new. The state government may soon make a policy to ban the playing of the national anthem ‘Negaraku’ in Penang.”
He appealed to the audience to stand as mark of respect for the national anthem for one week in conjunction with Merdeka Day celebration.
“Stand up and pay tribute to our security forces personnel who were killed in the Lahad Datu intrusion by terrorists early this year.”