Spooked by ‘Ghost of Past Radicalism’

Fear of actual account of history is clawing onto the heir apparent ‘Butchers of Malaysia’ radicals and extremists. More and more challenges on telling the truth based on history, from the mouth of the Chinese Chauvinist Emperissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang.


Kit Siang dares Tsu Koon to call for Tanda Putera ban

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 ― Lim Kit Siang has challenged Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon to demand a total suspension of the controversial film “Tanda Putera”, saying today the Gerakan president should otherwise resign from the Cabinet.

Koh (picture), who is also the minister in the Prime Minister’s department in charge of unity and performance management, reportedly said last Thursday that people could make judgements at private screenings of the film, as the Cabinet had only postponed public screenings.

“Tsu Koon still has a last opportunity. He should demand the total suspension of the May 13 film “Tanda Putera” on Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting or to submit his resignation as Cabinet Minister,” Lim said in a statement today.

“Is Tsu Koon capable of such a last honest and honourable stand?” added the Ipoh Timur MP.

The DAP stalwart questioned Koh if it was permissible to show private screenings of pornography.

The public screening of “Tanda Putera” ? which has scenes depicting the country’s May 13, 1969 racial riots ? has been postponed a few times, with its director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba recently telling The Malaysian Insider that it would be shown after Election 2013.

“Tanda Putera” was shown to over 3,000 FELDA settlers this February and was viewed at a private screening by over 600 “invited’ students of the Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIA)’s Gombak campus on March 9.

The film was also scheduled to be shown privately in UIA’s Kuantan campus on March 21, news portal Malaysiakini had then reported.

Shuhaimi defended the movie earlier this month, telling The Malaysian Insider: “Tanda Putera is not a racist film.”

She had also stressed that “Tanda Putera” was not a documentary, but a movie “with dramatic elements and creative licence responsibly exercised in its making”, having pointed out that it is an interpretation of history based on official records, published documents and interviews.

“Tanda Putera” also depicts the second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy, Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, during the post-May 13 period. Abdul Razak’s eldest son, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, is the current prime minister.

The RM4.8 million film was produced by Pesona Pictures Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), which provided the financing together with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC).

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It is clear Emperissimo Lim is adopting the ‘Offense is the best Defense’ strategy. He has been rabidly attacking Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s film on lives, actual events, crisis, thoughts and arguments, and decision making process of then Prime Minister II Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his Deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abd Rahman between 9 May 1969 and 16 January 1976, ‘Tanda Putera’.

The fact is that he has not even seen it yet.

Emperissimo Lim could have waited until the film is offered in cinemas for public screening and allow the public to judge for themselves on Shuhaimi Baba’s latest project completed a year ago, based on the National Operation Council report and testimonies of actual account of events. Some of personalities involved during the 13 May 1969 racial riot and subsequent events, such as former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former IGP Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar are still available, to corroborate the actual events.

The film also depicted the communist terrorists’ continuous attempts to destabilise the nation post 13 May, with the assassination of IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Ismail in 1974 and Perak CPO Tan Sri Khoo in 1975.

This rabid attack against the film only solidify the fact that Chinese Chauvinist DAP played a pivottal role along with the radicals and extremists (which include Malayan Communist Party agents) to distabilise the nation before, during and post 3GE in May 1969. As a result of the gross racial overtone provocations by DAP and Gerakan, a bloody racial riot erupted on the evening of 13 May 1969.

This is also a clear demonstration that Chinese Chauvinist DAP not only practice ‘gag order’ whenever media tried to expose any truth which is against them, but never respected any freedom of expression. ‘Tanda Putera’ obtained a PG13 public screening certificate from Film Censor Board, an agency under the Home Ministry on 13 June 2012.

Shuhami Baba is an acclaimed film maker who makes a film based on extensive researched, such as ‘Hati Malaya 1957’ released in 2007.
The fact is that Malaysia has not place for such a racist radical. And Malaysians deserve to know the truth, via films like ‘ Tanda Putera’.

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