Age of extinction

The minister of information, communications and multimedia Dato’ Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Ph.D really blundered the past few days. The logo for this year’s commemoration of 55th independence and formation of Federation of Malaysia is really ghastly and hedious, if not amateurish and of low class.

It is as if it is the work of a teenager, who concocted this logo from the simple but lazy art of cut-and-paste, probably as an end of term assignment. With all the might and clout of the Minister and his ministry, plus the instant co-operation that he would highly get from media corporations, this is the result that they could come up with.

It is appalling. It is shameful. The first time this logo is shown to any of our peers, they are either flabbergasted caught by surprise or laughed their brains out.

Slightly earlier than that, it was the decision that was reported to have been made on FINAS’s decision not to allow public screening of ‘Tanda Putera‘, scheduled for 13 September 2012..  It was said that the instructions were either do the ‘necessary cut’ (which was said to be in the neighborhood of 30%) or screen it after the 13th General Elections.

Bloggers, who have had the privilege to watch the sneak preview or those who have not, including whose  comprehensive personal understanding of the whole episode of the 13 May 1969 racial riots were quick to criticize.

If any of these turned to be true, then it would a grave shame for the minister-in-charge of arts, archives, culture and media to have agreed for the decisions made, let alone was responsible to lead the discussions that resulted with the logo and/or immediate fate of ‘Tanda Putera’.

Minister-in-charge of Communications, Information & Culture Dato’ Sei Utama Dr. Rais Yatim Ph.D

It was said the Minister didn’t have the opportunity to watch ‘Tanda Putera’ right to the end even though he was privy for a sneak preview. Had he stayed on till the end, then he would understand the movie is about the lives of Tun Abdul Razak Hussein (from May 1969 till his passing on 14 January and funeral on 16 January 1970) and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman (from May 1969 till his passing on 2 August 1973). The radical-elements-and-extremists incited 13 May incidence was an integral part of these duo’s lives and so was the crisis, challenges, decisions made by the duo and outcome of the racial riot.

Dr. Rais should have valued the work of art based on facts and historical accounts, which would be something worthy to allow younger Malaysians understand the bitterness of the nationhood process, till its present state and achievements. Discounting the accounts that lead and are integral landmarks in the darkest week of modern Malaysian history that were portrayed in ‘Tanda Putera’ would have marred a significant point of telling the history.

Let us hope of the best. Decisions such as these would naturally deem the Minister fallen into the band of no longer relevant and should be ‘extinct’. It is time the press get the Minister’s response to all these.

BTW, Shuhaimi Baba commissioned a much better theme song for her ‘Tanda Putera’ as compared to this year’s Hari Kemerdekaan ‘Janji Ditepati’. A really shoddy job, befitting a student’s half bake project waiting between sahur and subuh.

We at BigDogDotCom hope the decision of this Minister on the subject matters at hand would not have adverse effect on the rakyat’s perception towards the Prime Minister. Otherwise, he is counter productive and should be shelved or stored as an artifact in the archives, immediately. It is for the sake of the ‘bigger picture’ and betterment of the nation.

*Updated 12 noon

Published in: on July 29, 2012 at 06:00  Comments (14)  

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  1. Keputusan Rais ke kehendak Masnah?

  2. Hmmm makin hari, makin byk tanda² ketidak-relavennye sorang menteri tu pegang portfolio beliau

  3. I bought a bottledrink and use it as container to be filled up with soap,but thats about it.The bottle thank me for his extended lifespan.

    Now the soap is about to finish and i have a better new container to fill up with excess soap.This old bottle wouldnt help in any way in extending his shelfline by trying the soap to froth a bit more than usual.Its just a supportive role and nothing more….time for me to throw the bottle before he leaks soap grime all over my house.


  4. nothing to be supprise with our ministers….as TDM say’s there are a lot of un-deserved tunggol warming up their ass with the expanse of tax payer money.

  5. I always have the impression that the ministry should be headed by a much younger chap, in tuned with recent technologies, wif the younger generation in mind, in propelling the nation forward …. what happened so far I don’t quite understand.

    • fully agree..,we got a lot of brilliant and bright younger msian.

  6. Biggie,

    One could do Rais Yatim’s Merdeka 55 logo. Only took minutes! Watch this video > >

    • After seeing this, in all fairness I cannot agree to following post by blog Admin.

      “……..this year’s Hari Kemerdekaan ‘Janji Ditepati’. A really shoddy job, befitting a student’s half bake project waiting between sahur and subuh.”

      I think this must have taken hours and hours if not days of the minister precious time – for he must have done this himself!

      p/s Mesti ramai miss appointment dengan dia while he was working on this masterpiece of a logo.

      • Hahaha

        I totally in agreement with you on this!

        Minister Mithali

  7. Mana satu betul ni? or is it a damage control exercise by the (not so) good minister?

    KUALA LUMPUR: Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim explained that no official logo is being used for the 55th Merdeka Day celebration this year except for the 1Malaysia logo, as was the case last year.

    He said the theme for this year’s Merdeka Day celebration was “55 Tahun Merdeka Janji Ditepati” – The Star.

    As for Tanda Putera, I got one question for the said minister.

    Kenapa filem pengkhianat ni boleh ditayangkan tanpa perubahan/penangguhan pulak?? Takut Cha Ya Nun Alif marah ye.

    “Mengenai Hantu Gangster yang bertemakan dunia gengster, Namewee berkata, dia mendapat ilham tema berkenaan berdasarkan pengalaman sebenar kehidupan datuknya di Muar, Johor.

    “Menurut cerita datuk, kumpulan-kumpulan gengster ini wujud bagi melindungi kaum dan penduduk dan bukannya untuk menunjukkan kuasa atau bertindak jahat”. – mStar Online.

  8. Our minister of information, communications and multimedia ni DSDRY ni has passed his sell-off date years ago! Of late he has been making one idiotic thing after a\nother. But still our 1M-PM wants to retain this fella. Come on la PM 1M … do like Datuk Sabri said … kick out non performing minister. How many more blunder u wanna see first???

  9. Never see so many dislike in YouTube for the lagu tema janji ditepati!

  10. […] Minister, please take note of that. Probably, it is the best time for him to reflect. […]

  11. […] this amateurish ugly logo was first brought into public domain, the Minister for Information, Culture and Communications Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, PhD was quick to deny that this is ‘the official logo’. It was said that the ’55 […]

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