Ghost of Past Spring

The story based on NOC Report

The story based on NOC Report

The truth hurts. That is how the maxim goes. Unless persons who are not truthful about what happened in the past and what they did and how were they involved in something ugly and evil. Just like precursor, during the brutal and bloody racial riots of 16-10 May 1969 and thereon, the after math.

Acclaimed film maker Dato’ Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s latest film on the personal lives, domestic and regional challenges and threats, decisions made and crisis resolved by Second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr.  Ismail Abd Rahman are featured in ‘Tanda Putera’. However, some fragment of the society is very edgy as more and more Malaysians get to watch the film which already obtained PG13 certification from the national censorship board for public viewing.

Malicious plan behind May 13 film, claims Bersih

Koh Jun Lin • Feb 19, 13 2:48PTG
The Bersih coalition has condemned the closed-door preview of the film Tanda Putera yesterday, saying that it perpetuates the politics of fear and is “a step backwards” in the nation’s political discourse.

“Although we have yet to watch the film, we understand there are parts of the film that are unhealthy that could trigger interracial hatred and distrust.

“We feel that there is malicious intent behind the airing of the film, such as scaring the voters so that they would continue to support BN.

“We feel that this practice is unhealthy. What we want is competition that is healthy, based on policies regarding change, health, education, development and others. That is what we want – debate,” said Bersih steering committee member Toh Kin Woon (left) at a press conference today.

He added that this would be better than inciting fear, because it enables voters to make their choice after comparing the policies of contesting parties.

The controversial film, which has yet be aired publically, was shown to some 3,000 Felda settlers yesterday at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s request.

The film was about the relationship of Najib’s father and then Prime Minister Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy, Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, in the aftermath of the May 13, 1969 racial riots.

However, critics have said that the film’s depiction of the riots was too reliant on the official version of the events.

The film’s director Shuhaimi Baba had defended the film, saying that it would help the nation to recover from its May 13 trauma.


The protagonists of the bloody racial riots almost 44 years ago, especially the Neo Min Yuens today are the ones concerned. This include individuals like DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang, who was still around since the precursor of the 13 May riots and still presently active, sowing his consistent ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy.

These are images of the provocations in the victory parades held by DAP and Gerakan in hours after winning half of the seats in Selangor

No one else is concerned. At least, not amongst the majority.

There in nothing sinister about ‘Tanda Putera’. It was written and filmed as how it was stated in the National Operation Council (NOC) Report. The racial riots were instigated by some radicals, extremists and elements indirectly representing the rebels-gone-underground and Min Yuens of the outlawed Malayan Communist Party.

The country was put on hold. The Emergency declared, Parliament was suspended and NOC acted as temporary and government-in-emergency. Order was restored. All necessary steps to hold back all the ill feelings, especially due to the instigation and seditious elements were addressed.

National Operation Council (NOC) members (fr l to r) Chief of Defense Forces Gen Tan Sri Ibrahim Ismail, IGP Tun Mohamed Salleh Ismail, Chief Secretary to Foreign Ministry Tan Sri Ghazali Shafie, Works, Post & Telecoms Minister Tun V T Sambanthan, Home Minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, Deputy Prime Minister Tun Hj Abdul Razak Hussein, Finance Minister Tun Tan Siew Sin, Tan Sri Hamzah Abd Samah, Former Chief of Defense Forces Gen Tunku Osman Jewa, Chief Secretary to MINDEF Abd Kadir Shamsuddin and Abd Rahman Hamidon (Secretary of NOC)

Bit by bit, everything was put back to order and allowed to roll back into places. New policies planned and implemented immediately. Pressing issues are addressed. Whatever the widening gap which wedged the nation because of disparity was immediately taken to task and reforms on social-economic development were put in place.

Social and economic development programs such as utility, education and health for the rural and under developed areas were intensified. More land reforms programs such as FELDA was opened. MARA Junior Science Colleges were introduced to provide rural kids with potential in science and math be given the opportunity, as a foundation to tertiary programs as a direct initiative of the New Economic Policy.

The Emergency Cabinet, making though decisions to restore order and control situation. A scene in 'Tanda Putera'

The Emergency Cabinet, making though decisions to restore order and control situation. A scene in ‘Tanda Putera’

80% of the film is about all that instead of the build up to the racial riots, which was the 10% preamble in the opening bit. That was necessary so that why and how the racial riot happened and more importantly, what were the ‘game changing’ decisions made and implemented there after. Poverty eradication programs had a 90% success rate and many Malaysians, especially in the rural areas were transformed.

This group was the stakeholders in the private screening of ‘Tanda Putera’ on Monday in PWTC.

What is more interesting is that both of these statesmen in their resolve to undo the various crisis Malaysia and Malaysians had to endure, were themselves facing ‘life-changing’ crisis on their own; terminal illness. They suffered in silence as the confidence to move the nation forward from the state of chaos, various crisis in different forms and threats and challenges, are more pertinent than themselves as individuals.

Nothing sinister about ‘Tanda Putera’. The film was made in almost near perfection to the truth. Unless to those who had sinister intention to create chaos, so that as a small segment of the minority they can thrive on the confusing and instability and impose themselves on the majority.

A scene in a London flat where Tun Rahah and Dr Macpherson attending to Tun Razak, who is in pain

A scene in a London flat where Tun Rahah and Dr Macpherson attending to Tun Razak, who is in a lot pain in his final days

Taking from the entertainment and commercial value, ‘Tanda Putera’ actually went through ‘product testing’. It was approved by the several layers of viewership samplers representing the larger cinema going consumers, even by the younger Non Malays for its historic value, flavour and presentation.

The majority of Malaysians should learn what happened in the past. This is because all of our dark episode in past is coming back. Almost by the same protagonists and similar sinister agenda. That is what Malaysians should be afraid of, instead of the past.

*Updated 1300hrs

Published in: on February 20, 2013 at 11:30  Comments (18)