They say the truth hurts. Some people are edgy about many finding out the truth because they have a dark secret statched in a closet or trunk somewhere, which they fear would be open and the ‘Pandora Box of Evils’ come haunting again.
‘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.
Chinese Chauvinist Emperor Lim Kit Siang is flipping over a small posting in Facebook, with regards of him being arrested for denial of entry into Sabah when Dato’ Harris Salleh’s Berjaya Government was still in power in 1984.
Kit Siang: I was defamed on Tanda Putera’s Facebook page
By Ida LimAugust 16, 2012
Facebook screenshot of the alleged posting on Tanda Putera’s facebook page.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today said he remains unconvinced with the explanation by the director of the controversial movie “Tanda Putera”, saying that he had been defamed on its official Facebook page.The film-maker Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba yesterday denied reports that the re-telling of the May 13, 1969 riots features a scene depicting Lim as having urinated at a flagpole of the then Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Harun Idris’s residence.
Lim refuted Shuhaimi, claiming that a photo of him being “manhandled” with a caption saying he had urinated at the said flagpole “was posted in the album in the “Tanda Putera” Facebook titled “Peristiwa-peristiwa yang dimuatkan di dalam filem ini” (Events depicted in this movie).”
“Shuhaimi’s explanation that the creators of the film had received many photographs from netizens which were shared on the
Facebook page, including the offending picture, and that it was removed…after complaints were received about the photo, is neither credible nor acceptable,” Lim wrote in a statement today.
He claimed “the defamatory and baseless allegation…was made by Tanda Putera official Facebook page itself, and not a ‘shared information’ from netizens”, adding that this gave a “clear impression” that the photo was taken from the movie.
“Unless there is a satisfactory and adequate explanation or accounting for the defamatory reference featuring me in the Tanda Putera official Facebook page, I reserve the right to take legal action against such defamation.”
Lim slammed Shuhaimi for taking “almost four long weeks” to tell the public that he was “not even featured in the footage of the film” since reports of it first surfaced.
Lim alleged that Shuhaimi’s slow response had allowed “UMNO/Barisan Nasional (BN) cybertroopers” to accuse him of “provoking” the May 13 riots “based on the movie’s alleged “urination” episode.”
Lim stressed that he couldn’t have provoked the riots in the capital city as he “was simply not in Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13 of 1969.”
“Even the photograph that was used in the movie’s earlier Facebook page was not a photograph taken in 1969 but was from a different incident in Sabah 15 years later in 1984.”
Lim said Shuhaimi should know that any “unfair…portrayal of the May 13 riots in…10 minutes is not only capable of overshadowing the rest of the 105 minutes of the film, but have the disastrous effect of dividing instead of uniting Malaysians,” said the Ipoh Timur MP.
“Do we want to continue to allow the May 13 past to haunt and divide Malaysians or do we want to move forward as one united people building a better and brighter future for all Malaysians, learning from the lessons of May 13?” he asked.
That photo, which was posted by one of the commenters in the ‘Tanda Putera’ Facebook, was erred to state “Lim was arrested because he urinated at the flagpole”. It has been taken out since. That couldn’t be an issue anymore.
Those who have seen the film, agreed that it is a great depiction of what had happened before, during and most importantly, all decisions, planning, policies and implementation actions post 13 May 1969 racial riots. This include getting situation out of chaos into order and slowly bring it into normalcy and uniting all Malaysians together in the midst of ‘the wounds of the 13 May’.
The fact is that, the ’13 May’ bit of ‘Tanda Putera’ was based on the National Operation Council report.
Significant events within the period that happened and shaped the nation to what it is today, were portrayed. Like the 1971 great flood of Kuala Lumpur. The communist terrorists assassinations of IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Salleh in June 1974, Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong in November 1975 and the attempt on DSP Kulasingam, who was the CID man hunting down the killers of IGP, were depicted clearly on how brutal they were to gain power.
Other events include the trip Tun Razak made to China and starting a diplomatic relationship with the Superpower in Asia, the birth of Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) in October 1972 and the Second Prime Minister’s frequent visits to the rural areas and close monitoring the implementation of the New Economic Policy (NEP) as a tool to uplift socio-economic standing and narrowing the economic gap for the nation’s majority really made their mark.
In between that, Shuhaimi also captured the imagination of her audience taken through the emotional tragedy of watching both Tun Razak and Tun Dr Ismail suffering from terminally illnesses and the two men confided with each other on their predicaments. Then for many Malaysians who are not conversant with history, came the shocking passing of Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail due to massive heart attack when his own wife was admitted for miscarriage. To top it all, Prime Minister Tun Razak was in Ottawa, Canada attending the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting. The Prime Minister was at lost as his closest partner in rebuilding Malaysia after the 13 May tragedy is now gone.
The last 20% of ‘Tanda Putera’ was the depiction of how Tun Razak suffered from advanced leukemia, going to London for the final round of treatment and tragically passed away without regaining his health even though he was very insistent that he needed to do more and much work still needed to be done. For many including yours truly, to be relived the experience of watching the Jalur Gemilang wrapped casket bearing the remains of the Prime Minister being taken out from Malaysia Airlines System’s B707 9M-MRC in Subang Airport, is unequivocally heart wrenching.
It is something all Malaysians need to watch and experience. Nothing in the film depicted any of the characters or connotes anyone who is supposed to be ‘Lim Kit Siang’.
Unless there are a group of minority Malaysians, especially have been up to no good trying to impose themselves using the most evil methods abusing the democracy and democratic process all these years to gain power such as continuously provoking the good nature and patience of the majority, manipulation and fabrication of facts and perpetuating a lie in their sordid strategy of ‘Politics of Hatred’.
In short, they have something really dark to hide. And they don’t want younger Malaysians to be made to realize who they actually are all these years and their agenda remained the same with minor adjustments to their strategy.
The fact is that neither Lim Kit Siang, his closest advisers, the web of media that constantly prop him and his agenda nor his party supporters actually saw the film ‘Tanda Putera’. Those who have watched the film, be it selected members from the media, randomly picked sampling from the younger Malaysian segments and even them are Opposition parties’ members, all agreed that ‘Tanda Putera’ was telling a story based on actual history. All loved it and agreed that all Malaysians should watch this.
Since Pesona Pictures already obtained a PG13 certificate from the Film Censorship Board on 13 June and now FINAS already slotted the film for 15 November public screening in the cinemas, we suggest Lim and all his cohorts of ‘minority imposing against the majority will’ pre-book the tickets and watch and experience it for themselves, before they start flipping around making baseless accusations. Just like what they are doing today, pre-empting which is suspiciously pointing that they have something really dark and evil to hide.
Just like this one, a speech he made early this year prompting that Malaysians are ready for a ‘revolution’ as a pre-cursor of post 13 GE.
Then, it is clearly he had been something up to no good then and still is, even after 45 years. Chinese Chauvinist DAP hands were deep into the 13 May tragedy. Just like how DAP was insistent to demand that Communist Party of Malaya Secretary General Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng be allowed back and die at his birthplace in Sitiawan, Perak. The Min Yuens live within the pockets of modern and intellectual Malaysians today, in just different forms and approaches. However, the objective in the agenda is still the same.
Probably the agenda for the minority to over power the majority, be it by brutal force or manipulating the democratic process, remained the same. Hence, the ‘Pandora Box’ is about Lim Kit Siang, not ‘Tanda Putera’.
George Santayana’s immortal words, “Those who failed to learn from history are doomed to repeat the mistakes again”. ‘Tanda Putera’ is also about a dark Malaysian history which enabled steps be taken and policies implemented that shaped Malaysia to what it is today. It is also a very strong reminder that these agenda of ‘minority imposing against the will of the majority’ and ‘Politics of Hatred’ should no longer be allowed carry on.
It is obvious he has reasons to fear ‘Tanda Putera’. And all the pre-emptive strikes must come now before 15 November, when the majority of Malaysians especially the younger segments go and pay RM 10.00 (without the popcorn and drink) and understand what had Lim Kit Siang and his cohorts of Chinese Chauvinist movements all about and been up to these past 45 years.