Nursing monkeys in the jungle

Now that a new Minister takes over from Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Utama Dr. Rais Yatim Ph.D in the Ministry of Communication and Multimedia, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek instructed that the feature film about two of the nation’s prolific statesmen between 8 May 1969 – 16 Jan 1976 “Tanda Putera” be released into public screening the soonest opportunity available.

Published: Monday June 3, 2013 MYT 1:25:00 PM
Updated: Monday June 10, 2013 MYT 4:39:32 PM

Controversial film Tanda Putera finally coming to local cinemas


KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial local film Tanda Putera, which depicts events leading up to and during the May 13, 1969 riots, will hit Malaysian cinemas on Aug 29 this year, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

“It will be released on Aug 29,” he told reporters at theMalaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas)centre.

Ahmad Shabery had previously called for Finas to publicly screen Tanda Putera.

Directed by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, the film depicts events during the May 13, 1969 riots, focusing on Malaysia’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.

Produced in 2011 by Persona Pictures Sdn Bhd, the RM4 million film carries a PG13 rating and was supposed to be screened from Nov 15 last year.

Commenting on the date, Ahmad said he preferred the film to be screened earlier, during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

“People have been waiting for the film to come out, so the sooner the better,” he said.

However, Finas officials said that if Tanda Putera was released then, it would not do well at the box office.

Finas director-general Raja Rozaimie Raja Dalnish Shah said that two other movies were scheduled for a Aug 8 releaseAdnan Sempit 3 and Lemak Kampung Santan.

“Based on our previous experience, collections for films released during Hari Raya aren’t that good…Three Malay movies during Hari Raya is not good,” he said.

Raja Rozaimie said that the film’s producers asked for the Aug 29 date, adding this allowed it to be marketed from now.

The Cabinet earlier held back the screening of the film as it was concerned it would cause conflict among communities


Last year, the screening of “Tanda Putera” was postponed twice (September and November 2012) before Dr Rais lied about the film did not get the Board of Censorship approval and eventually he and Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon manipulated the Cabinet to decide on the indefinite  postponement.

Their lame justification was that the film might irk Chinese sentiments and would affect Barisan Nasional’s chances in then the much anticipated 13GE.

The fact has proven the Chinese en bloc rejected BN at the polls on 5 May 2013 for the 13GE despite so many concessions made for them, in what Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s initial reaction description as “Chinese Tsunami”.

The scene in "Tanda Putera" depicting the Chinese Chauvinism-centric  demonstrations chanting anti-Malay slogans, the day before the 3GE polls in May 1969

The scene in “Tanda Putera” depicting the Chinese Chauvinism-centric demonstrations chanting anti-Malay slogans, the day before the 3GE polls in May 1969

It was about the Chinese en bloc wanted power and as minority having powering influence if not control over the majority. It was also more and more taken into the Oppositions’  ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy of demonising all principles, power and authority will lay in the hands of the majority, the Malays, and DAP’s continuous fanning racist sentiments and Chinese Chauvinism.

It was never about films like “Tanda Putera”, even though it was the recollection of what happened to the nation before, during and post 3GE  in May 1969 which saw the radicals, extremists, Chinese Chauvinists and subversive elements such as the Communist Terrorists fanned radicalism, Chinese Chauvinism and racism. As such a bloody racial riots erupted and the nation was placed under Emergency Law.

The scene where the National Operations Council meeting to resolve operational issues during the May 1969 curfew

The scene where the National Operations Council meeting to resolve operational issues during the May 1969 curfew

Film-maker Dato’ Paduka Shuhaimi Baba brilliantly portrayed the intense and critical moments and decisions made by the National Operation Council and to put the nation straight again and slowly reconcile all fragmented society and the deep distrust between the races in record time.

That is on top then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman as individuals were suffering in secret of terminal illness and their resolve and determination to serve the nation first. This include the formulation of post 13 May 1969 policies such as the New Economic Policy and Industrial Master  Plan which became the fundamental foundation for harmony and stability, which are the primary constants and facilitated the nation’s growth to present day.

Now it seems Astro-Shaw has published a new film based on the Malayan Chinese struggle against the Communist Terrorists (CT) in 1949 in the new villages created to re-settle Chinese communities away from the threat and influence of the jungle-centric CTs. It was skewed since the program to re-settle Chinese communities in then the newly instituted new villages under the ‘Briggs Plan’ came only after Gen. Sir Harold Briggs arrive at Malaya in 1950.

It is funny none of the so called critics, manipulators and most of all the Neo Min Yuen supporters and liars of historical facts which is the complete opposite to “Tanda Putera”, made no comments at all about “The New Village”. The fact is that Shuhaimi Baba’s work was based on history and true accounts where as Wong Kew-Lit’s work was purely fictitious and not based on facts.

De-railment of the Malayan Railways, during Emergency 1948-60

There are suspicions that the film “The New Village” is about subliminal effort to continue the Chinese Chauvinism doctrine amongst the young Malaysian Chinese. Particularly, highlighting the “Butchers of Malaya” a.k.a. MPAJA struggle against the British and Commonwealth Forces after Emergency was declared, therefore they were the ‘true’ Independence fighters.

The movie made its way into the local cinema circuits seamlessly and most importantly, in total silence without any controversy what so ever where as “Tanda Putera” came under the artificial barriers by Finas and eventually to slot into the ‘Wajib Tayang’ scheme which is a policy for locally produced films.

The Malays have a saying, “Kera dihutan disusukan, Anak dibuaian mati kelaparan“. The public screening of “Tanda Putera” fits into that, perfectly.

Published in: on July 23, 2013 at 16:30  Comments (19)  

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  1. Funny. i get the idea that the chinese is the villain in this movie.

    • Go watch it to know if it’s true.

  2. People like you are destroying this country with your mindless drivel.

    • You mean people like the DAP that caused the 13 May race riots? And the Chinese tsunami? I agree.

    • Mindless drivel of what? If people argue about the state of race relations in Msia, the politics of kowtowing to win votes as practised by Najib, the inability of DAP to accept the contents in Tanda Putera..these are concerns people are not afraid to discuss since they affect Msians in a very direct way. They are neither mindless nor plain drivel.

    • The blessed Prophet s.a.w. said:
      “Human beings strive in either of two ways: They either redeem their souls (with virtue) hence liberate themselves (from hellfire), or they forfeit their souls (by worldliness) hence condemn themselves.”

      • “or they forfeit their souls (by worldliness) hence condemn themselves.” –

        DAP and the ultra kiasu worldiness nak lebih, nak lebih, nak lebih?

    • anon July 23, 2013 at 19:41 represents a particular segment of society who is AFRAID of the truth, that may expose the shame after full realisation sets in.

      It’s like an adopted child who never knew he was adopted, perpetually clamouring to be treated equally in terms of inheritance.

      Only to be shocked to learn that he is ONLY an adopted child, abandoned by his real parents and all the while cared for by gracious people.

  3. The fact n survey shown…worldwide….Chinese in general are racist…

    • I also agree. The non-Tsunami Chinese are not.

  4. 1:19 “Ini Tanah air kita, kita mesti berjuang”

    The subliminal messages is “the heroic and patriotic Chinks struggles against the imperialist to defend their “homeland”….”

    Hahahahahaa… good joke.

    Truth be told, the fact that they tortured and killed for their misguided ideology and thirst for power (which persist to this day). They stopped at nothing, happily murdered the innocents, women and children many of whom are Malays. If it is about driving out the imperialist, why then they continue to massacre the Malayan under the Perikatan government well after the British had left?

    While we may have defeated the armed wing of the Chinese led communist rebellion, There is one big (or thirteen million ringgit) question remain; WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MANY THOUSANDS OF MIN YUENS? they did not leave the country, they were not killed in the battlefields, they were not arrested or jailed and punished for their crime. There is one place that they can hide and “melt away” albeit temporarily, perhaps waiting for a more opportune time for their descendent to take revenge, perpetuate the “struggle” on their behalf – it is the NEW VILLAGE!!!

    Today the time has come, they are out in the open, striking us with a new strategy and a new weapons. Exploiting every one of our weaknesses and folly. Attacking us at our very core, one that not even their forefathers has the will to in the days of the yore. It is indeed a sign of time.

    • The question is: what do we do about it? Nak tunggu Najib do anything, tak boleh harap.

      The news report above said the Cabinet held back the screening of the film as it would cause conflict among communities. Nonsense. It was because Najib wanted to catch Chinese votes. Instead got the Chinese tsunami and his debacle.

      Then dia nak buang Sedition Act. ISA and EO dia dah buang. Lintang pukang crime rates di buatnya. Pening kepala anggota Polis. Di marah dek DAP pulaknya. Macam si mulut lebar gigi macam arnab kartun Bugs Bunny Tony Pua. It’s time UMNO buang Majib pulak. From the UMNO Presidency. Put in a leader with a no-nonsense stand on criminals and seditious blokes.

      • Couldn’t agree more. As I have been saying all along, well before GE 13 in fact, if anything Tanda Putera would have brought in more votes from the Malay since no matter what Chinese votes are gone!

        I really cannot fathom this PM of ours, dissing his and his own party power base and sucking up to those who dissed him and his party. Is there something else in play that we are not aware of?

        PM Najib seems to be preparing for that PAU battle. Look at the people who he appoints to various important post (currying favor?) From Azeez to Nazri, from KJ to Hishammuddin, Isa and many more. Come to think of It, it does not look like an UMNO led government, it looks more like a PKR’s.

        Oh by the way, when is PERKASA going to register as a political party? As long as there are people like Lim Kit Siang, Tony Pua, Kua Kia Soong, Teresa Cock and the likes; they got my votes.

      • Aku dah fedap bebenor dengan si Najib nih. Kita kena terus laungkan di sana sini mintak Perwakilan gantikan dia di PAU November ini. Aku tengok di blog blog lain pun dah banyak yang fedap dengan dia.

        Gantikan dengan yang benar benar berjiwa Melayu. Tak boleh tunggu PAU 2 tahun lagi. Sebab nanti tak cukup masa nak laksanakan rancangan baru untuk PRU14.

    • 1:19 “Ini Tanah air kita, kita mesti berjuang”

      pegi mampos..maksud tersirat kat sini adalah dia nak jadikan tanah ni dia punya la.

  5. Tanda Putra mesti di tayangkan sempena Aidilfitri ini. Kemudian sebelum menyambut Hari Merdeka 31 Ogos. Menteri Komunikasi mesti bersedia dengan perubahan. Tebus kembali maruah Melayu.

    Cerita dongeng yang itu bertujuan tidak lain untuk mengangkat KUNUN nya mereka ada legenda dalam Malaysia. Kita tahu legenda yang semua maklum tidak lain *** bintang. Menipu diri sendiri dengan fakta sejarah. Pastikan ASTRO tidak bersekongkol.

    Harap perbanyakan paparan artikel Tokoh-Tokoh Sejarah Melayu. Kita sudah saksikan begitu ramai tokoh-tokoh palsu melayu yang terpengaruh dengan persepsi pembangkang dan musuh Islam.

    Kita tidak mahukan Malaysia memiliki rakyat yang ber tok pek kong kan Negara-Negara luar.

    • Kalau betul kata kata Finas director-general Raja Rozaimie saperti dalam laporan berita itu, tak mengapa lah lepas Hari Raya.

      Dia kata, “two other movies were scheduled for a Aug 8 release Adnan Sempit 3 and Lemak Kampung Santan. “Based on our previous experience, collections for films released during Hari Raya aren’t that good…Three Malay movies during Hari Raya is not good,”

      Dan Raja Rozaimie kata pengeluar filem itu yang minta tarikh 29 Ogos itu. Bagus juga, memandangkan 31 Ogos ada lah tarikh Merdeka.

      Yang saya nak tanya: Boleh ke Kementerian Penerangan & Multimedia gunakan “pengaruhnya” bagi mendapatkan ASTRO dll media tayangkan filem itu, terutamanya saluran yang di gemari kaum yang mencetuskan 13 Mei itu? Dalam rangka “Harmoni.”

      Agenda ke “Akta Harmoni” Najib amacam?

  6. Sue the pants off the people who blocked the original screning period,, for losses incured. that should help eased the producers burden..

  7. […] proving that he is ballsy Home Minister. Following the controversy raised on the seamless public screening on 22 August 2013 of “The New Village” through the GSC cinema circuit, which is suspiciously promoting subliminal Chinese Chauvinism in the promotion of the Malayan […]

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