Tanda Putera

A new patriotic movie based on events transpired from the bloody racial riots of 13 May 1969 would be in the cinemas during this August Hari Raya Aidil Fitri holidays. It is a film about the crisis and decisions made by then Deputy Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Home Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, by award winning director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba.

The main casts are played Rusdi Ramli as Tun Abdul Razak and  Zizan Nin as Tun Dr Ismail. Others include Faezah Elai (Tun Rahah), Linda Hashim (Toh Puan Norasyikin), Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra (Kamarulzaman Taib), Sahee Shamsuddin (Najib Tun Razak), Razif Hashim (Johari Tun Razak), Ismaizal Yusoof (Tawfik Tun Ismail), Ali Steven Shorthose (Dr Macpherson) dan Norman Hakim (IGP Hanif).

Decisions made as at outcome from the racial riots changed Malaysian political and economic path. Some of the policies made post-13 May incidence are being implemented till present day. Rukun Negara is one of those which came as a result of the bloody dark Malaysian modern history.

It is a strong depiction of the challenges made by the two leaders’ and decisions made, to rebuild Malaysia post-13 May 1969 incidence in the midst of fragile variables. This included communist terrorists’ assassinations and continuous subversive  and radical elements, which has now resurfaced and been apparent in certain parties ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy.

It is a worth movie to watch.

*Updated Wed 18 July 2012

Published in: on July 6, 2012 at 22:00  Comments (24)  

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  1. I will watch if I hear that the movie is based on the facts put out in the booklet entitled, “13 May 1969: A Tragedy” published by the Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN), October 1969 – anyone interested in the details can simply google it. The race riots caused by the irresponsible words and actions of DAP leaders, members and supporters during the 1969 election campaign and the victory celebrations. Never again shall they be allowed such seditious words and actions. The authorities must be alert on those and take firm action the moment they happen again, nip them in the bud.

    No such thing as implying the race riots were a conspiracy by Tun A Razak, as mischievously and nonsensically attempted by the then DAP MP Ka Siong or what’s his name, based on some papers perhaps found near the toilet of the British records office that he claimed to have gone to. Papers comprising opinions of journalists etc who could not possibly have been based on facts that should normally be verified, as there was curfew and they could not possibly have obtained racially sensitive information from official or authoritative sources. Nasty bloke coming out with that, trying to deflect blame away from the DAP. He quarreled with the DAP leadership after that, bolted out of the party, and has been in the wilderness, making a nuisance over such things as Scorpene submarine purchase commission and the like. That’s the kind of credibility of the man – he has none.

    • Isa, a well written note and I coudn’t agree more. The new generations needs to be re-educated in the process of nation building but sadly DAP is still playing the old tune which PAS is dancing to. They are instilling racist tune to their children which is very dangerous to the nation yet pointing finger to others.

      • wish I can hi five you right here right now.😀

    • A well-written comment. I couldn’t agreed more. Congratulations!

  2. Harap mereka jangan jadi Hairie Osman yang berlakun cerita Leftenan Adnan tapi masuk PAS. SIa sia aje …

    • That’s why he is an actor, paid to be someone else who is really not and not a real warrior.

  3. Well done!

    I’ve been waiting for something like this. This is a very important incident in Malaysia political history.

    It is an ept and appropriate move to tell what actually happened, in the wave of all these Min Yuens re-appearing & systematically challenging the sancity of harmony, stability & majority’s steady progress.

    Opposition is getting bolder by the day & of late, very consistent to promote ‘militantism’ especially amongst the young people. They must know that in May 1969, it was the Min Yuens who instigated and incited the minority via leftist political parties such as DAP, Gerakan, Labour Party, Socialist Party & PPP, to challenge and insult the Malay majority. It is actually an extension to the failed communist armed rebellion.

    Good move indeed and timely.

  4. Another Najib propaganda.Why dont they release a film on Felda.The film was shot during Tan Sr Yusof Noor as chairman of Felda.Any Feld asettlers who watch this film will vote against BN in next election.Ha ha ha

    • Hai bongok, movie pun tak tengok lagi dah cakap Najib propaganda. apa punya haprak!

    • And this Hamid is the bloke who previously denied being anti-Establishment and claimed he is non-partisan. Now talking about propaganda, about not voting BN. Pembohong. Penipu. Son of a gun.

  5. One sometimes wonder if that incident was deliberate, intended or planned. It must have begun when Singapore became a part of Malaysia. Lee Kuan Yew had later admitted that he wanted to become Prime Minister of Malaysia. For votes, he began by working on the sentiments of the non-Malays, concocting the so-called Malaysian Malaysia slogan, intended to weaken the Ketuanan Melayu that was reflected in the composition of the Cabinet, the civil service, the Police, the Armed Forces, etc. Talking about meritocracy when no such thing existed in the Chinese-dominated private sector then and hardly exists in the Chinese businesses even now.

    The slogan was adopted by the DAP when LKY, PAP and Singapore were kicked out of Malaysia in 1965. PAP in Malaysia then, and DAP now, appear to the Malays as anti-Malay and anti-Islam. The situation worsened when the Opposition parties’ representatives, notably the DAP, harped on such issues, heating up the atmosphere during the 1969 general elections campaigning. It reached boiling point when, upon winning a few additional seats, they convoyed in motor cycles, cars, lorries and trucks passing by Malay areas including Kampong Bahru in the heart of KL, shouting rude and highly provocative words and obscenities even to Policemen and their families in Police quarters on Jalan Travers and in Brckfields, a few even unzipping their trousers to show their genitals. Police reports were made on these and are mentioned in the book on May 13 referred to in Isa’s comment above.

    I worry that Opposition politics now are heading that way. Tun Dr Mahathir recently said that politics now has become the most racial ever and GE13 will be fought on race issues. There seems to be no letting up on the part of the Opposition. Just peek into The Rocket, even Harakah and Suara Rakyat, and especially the extremely racist Opposition blogs like Malaysia Kini, and one is told the same of hundreds others in the vernacular languages. The reactions to them have also been growing, with quite an alarming speed and vigour.

    The Government has appeared to have a policy of appeasement, not quite like what the British did to Hitler before World War II, but – to the chagrin of the Malays who are the majority in the country – bending backwards to meet all sorts of demands made by the non-Malays, trying to catch their votes, the Malays having been split by the divisive acts of the likes of Anwar Ibrahim and Nik Aziz. The non-Malays don’t appear to bother that race riots would lead to Emergency Rule of some kind and that the 1969 riots produced the NEP which was quite contrary to their wishes. Yet they even dare to raise the issue of a non-Malay PM, not even realizing that in Fiji, where the immigrants became the majority and won the general elections, they could not get power because the Army grabbed it and ruled by military decrees.

    • Blame and hate politics widely practised in DAP, says Tunku Abdul Aziz, the former DAP Vice Chairman, as reported by thestar.com today. He described the party’s politics as that of “blame and hate”.

      “Taking a break from the politics of blame and hate was undoubtedly the best decision I ever made. I realised within two months of becoming a card-carrying party member that I had thrown in my lot with the wrong crowd,” he wrote in his weekly column in a local daily. But he stayed on, trying do some good there. Until he could stand no more. Bang, he went out, calling Lim Guan Eng “biadap”. How not to lead to disaster when DAP is led by a biadap?

      What TDM said is correct. Verified by a man who was Vice Chairman of DAP for about 4 years. Being biadap includes being racist, gangster-like and all. In a heated political atmosphere, it takes only 1-2 biadap acts to spark a racial flare up. The authorities must really keep a close tab on DAP’s words and actions, take pre-emptive measures to prevent them from causing a huge mischief like in 1969.

  6. Thanks for the comments ladies and gentlemen. This is not a propaganda film. This is a historical film where events portrayed in this film happened in the pass.

    Please Like our Facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/TandaPutera

    Thank you.

  7. Zizan Nin is not a comedian. I think you have confused him with Zizan Razak the comedian actor who hailed from Raja Lawak show.

  8. oh ya ke you semua ? tunggu GE13 dan lihat la. pengakhiran sudah hampir

  9. Aren’t these people shameful of their self righteous deed? There might be some small true fact that the DAP behaved wrongly and offensive last time. How many precious lives and innocent blood was shed due to the evil plot behind? The fact many Chinese were killed and they were like you, have families. This applies to the innocent Malays who fell in the trap of hated.

    You may intend to twist the history and continue to trigger fear and hatred among races. But the truth is at God’s side. We are just human, temporal in this earth, but the judgement is in eternal. Repent and forgive one another, stop being selfish and corrupted, love another, help the needy, be constructive despite wasting your life in hatred and self-righteousness because of your ego, no one choose which race he was worn or what’s his skin color, be understanding and gracious to one another, instead falling into the devil’s trap and spreading hatred while acting like a hypocrite. Your life meant to be better than this.

  10. Aren’t these people shameful of their self righteous deed? There might be some small true fact that the DAP behaved wrongly and offensive last time. How many precious lives and innocent blood was shed due to the evil plot behind? The fact many Chinese were killed and they were like you, have families. This applies to the innocent Malays who fell in the trap of hatred.

    You may intend to twist the history and continue to trigger fear and hatred among races. But the truth is at God’s side. We are just human, temporal in this earth, but the judgement is in eternal. Repent and forgive one another, stop being selfish and corrupted, love another, help the needy, be constructive despite wasting your life in hatred and self-righteousness because of your ego, no one choose which race he was born or what’s his skin color, be understanding and gracious to one another, instead falling into the devil’s trap and spreading hatred while acting like a hypocrite. Your life meant to be better than this.

  11. Something is seriously wrong with the Malaysian community when someone confidently accuses Malaysiakini as a racist site.

    Let me tell you what I think: Generally everyone is a racist, with varying degrees. And no one see himself/herself as racist. When you accuse other as being racist, go think about it what degree of racist you are.

    TDM accused a lot people as racist, but at one time he admitted that himself is a racist. He’s a man with inconsistent words.

    If you think fighting for Chinese education and non-Malay PM is downward racist, accuse to MCA first before accusing DAP. MCA are the one who kept raising these issues, DAP are mainly responding to MCA. (In my opinion they are equally racist as you who oppose this issue, because either side of the dispute is about fighting for own race)

  12. […] Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman went through between May 1969 till January 1976, ‘Tanda Putera’ which is scheduled to be released  for public screening on 13 September, would be postpone to an […]

  13. Chinese actor in Tanda Putera has been harassed because of his role in the film. Please help this young lad:

    http://www.facebook.com/thealanyun

  14. Lol, this movie would contain “hidden motives” with “hidden meaning” just before election.

    The smart ones would know instantly, the hidden motives,
    The normal ones would be plagued by the hidden meanings.

  15. […] ‘Tanda Putera’, the film on the lives of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman between May 1969 to January 1976 by acclaimed filmmaker Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba really hit of on the controversy note to a handful of Malaysians. Particularly some minority band within the Malaysian Chinese, who are presently out to gain power by the same strategies they had since the 1960s.They were carrying out radicalism and anti-establishment subversive activities to topple the Federal Government then. They are still doing it now, but slightly different ‘Politics of Hatred’ tactics. […]

  16. Ya lah tu..if it is a story based on well documented facts about Malays sacrifice will be labelled as ‘ racists lah, politics lah, conspiracy lah, etc… made one wonder TDM remarks ‘ Nowadays it is a sin to talk about Malays rights’. But if the other side can say anything under the sun under the Freedom of Speech and Human Rights. What they failed to see is the bigger picture, human can never have ultimate rights, they will screw up big time..

  17. […] ‘Tanda Putera’, the film on the lives of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman between May 1969 to January 1976 by acclaimed filmmaker Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba really hit on the controversy note to a handful of Malaysians. Particularly some minority band within the Malaysian Chinese, who are presently out to gain power by the same strategies they had since the 1960s.They were carrying out radicalism and anti-establishment subversive activities to topple the Federal Government then. They are still doing it now, but with slightly different ‘Politics of Hatred’ tactics. […]


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