LIES AS TRUTH: BLAME THE CHINESE (DAP) FOR THE RACIAL RIOTS!
*Tanda Putera opens with a dramatic scene of an incident where DAP campaign workers kill an Umno campaign helper two weeks prior to the general election then. It further escalates into more clashes in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur after the Alliance party wins the general election with a slim majority.
*Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that it is “a historical fact that the riot was sparked by Chinese, (like the fact) that Nazis killed thousands of Jews during the Second World War”.
*Ghafar Baba revealed that he and Anwar Ibrahim were told by the late Ghazali Shafie that May 13 was engineered by a coterie of Umno politicians who saw it as a way to oust incumbent Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and replace him with his deputy, Abdul Razak Hussein.
*A slew of visitors to the Tunku’s residence in Penang in the last year of his life (he died in December 1990) heard things from the country’s founding PM that tended to corroborate Ghazali’s version.
WHEN YOU HAVE SPENT MILLIONS FINANCING TANDA PUTERA, ONLY TO HAVE SO FEW PEOPLE WATCH IT, HOW DO YOU GET PEOPLE TO WATCH YOUR PROPAGANDA?
GIVE AWAY VCDs OF THE MOVIE! Go from door to door to give them away!
SHOW THE MOVIE AT VILLAGES. On padangs!
1 SUHAIMI HAS A POOR EARNINGS RECORD!
‘Tanda Putera’, opened 29 August 2013: cost RM4.2 million ( given a grant by Finas and the Multimedia Development Corporation); ticket sales RM410,000 in first four days. By 6 September, the film had only made RM780,000 in ticket sales.
’KL Zombi’: cost of RM1.8 million; bagged RM2.15 million in first 4 days. It earned RM2.83 million in the same period to 6 September.
‘KL Zombi’, which cost RM1.8 million to make, showed at 64 cinemas over the first 11 days while Tanda Putera showed at 60 cinemas
2 SUHAIMI’S PREVIOUS FILMS AND EARNINGS
Shuhaimi Baba’s last film before ‘Tanda Putera’ – the 2007 historical biopic ’1957: Hati Malaya’ – cost RM3 million to make but only earned RM316,000 at the box office.
In contrast, her horror film ‘Waris Jari Hantu’, also released in 2007, earned RM1.74 million on a budget of RM1.5 million.
Without a doubt, ‘Tanda Putera’ can be conferred the title of being the most controversial movie in Malaysia’s recent cinematic history.
But despite the widespread publicity, the movie, which initially clinched the sixth spot in the top 10 box office slot, has since failed to sustain the interest of moviegoers.
According to the latest list (for Sept 5 to Sept 8) published on cinemaonline yesterday, the movie has slipped out of the race in its second week.
On the other hand, another local movie – the flesh-eating tale ‘KL Zombi’ – has continued to enthral Malaysians, with the movie taking the second spot in the latest top 10 list.
Moviegoers also seemed to prefer Hollywood summer blockbuster ‘Riddick’, which clinches the No 1 spot, and even action-comedy ‘Kick-Ass’, which is in seventh spot.
The film ‘Tanda Putera’ should be screened in outdoor cinemas (wayang pacak) in rural areas to raise awareness of the nation’s history, Ipoh Barat Umno Youth chief Syamsul Bahrin Putra Ahmad Shibi has suggested.
“We need to screen it in every kampung in Malaysia so the rakyat understands the struggles our ancestors went through to build our nation,” Utusan Malaysia quoted him as saying.
“We will campaign for this as soon as ‘Tanda Putera’ ends its run in the cinema.”
Syamsul had booked a 141-seat cinema hall in Ipoh for members of his division last night, after realising that the film has been receiving poor support from movie-goers in earlier screenings in the city.
Malay rights group Perkasa has proposed that the government buy the copyrights to the controversial Tanda Putera film and distribute them to the masses for free in the form of VCDs.
According to an Utusan Malaysia report today, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said government-linked companies can foot the bill for the purchase of the film’s copyrights.
Ali added the VCDs should then be distributed from house to house in conjunction with Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day.
The film took RM500,000 over its four-day opening, from last Thursday to Monday.
After Tanda Putera’s poor showing, Perkasa wants it to be screened for free
Perkasa is calling for Tanda Putera to be screened for free to the public after its dismal showing at the box office.
The Malay rights group’s vice president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin said the film’s returns at the box office should not be a yardstick for its quality.
“We had given suggestions before that the film should be shown in schools, public places and to all parliamentarians and state assemblymen.
“We had also asked that it be shown on television with repeats,” said Zulkifli today at a press conference.
“Because the film is sponsored by the government, the film is effectively the official version of the riots,” Penang’s chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, told Reuters.
Creative license should not be used to spread lies that may cause racial disharmony, he added.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 17:19
Movie version of Malaysian race riot stirs unease
Tanda Putera director: Don’t criticize us! My movie did as badly as the James Bond movie, Skyfall. Both were poorly attended!
It’s a good comparison. Both are fiction.
News reports that Tanda Putera had showed to empty cinemas has had questionable intentions as even the latest James Bond film had attracted a small audience during weekdays, said Tanda Putera director Shuhaimi Baba.
As such, she said, those who have maligned and slandered the film should apologise to the filmmakers, although she admits that she does not expect her detractors to say sorry.
“We don’t know why the fact that there was a small audience at a screening in the middle of a work day is blown up. This is common, even for Hollywood blockbusters.
Shuhaimi said that despite the bad press and negative comments by politicians, the film still raked in commendable earnings especially for a historical film.
She said that in some screenings, the audience even gave the film a standing ovation.
THIS TRASH IS THRASHED AT THE BOX OFFICE!
In the box-office list from Aug 29 to Sept 1, the controversial movie, panned by the opposition and defended by ruling politicians, clinched the sixth spot in the Top 10 list.
It appears that Malaysians are more interested in a different blood-curdling genre – the offering by budding local director Woo Ming Jin.
An adaptation from a novel, Woo’s comedy, ‘KL Zombi’, starring Zizan Razak, took the number two spot after ‘Elysium’.
‘Tanda Putera’ also trailed behind ‘Kick Ass 2′, ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ and the ‘Conjuring’.
The immense publicity surrounding ‘Tanda Putera’, which among others shows a urination scene deemed offensive by certain quarters, has helped propel the movie into the Top Ten list.
THE NEGARAKU IS OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. FOR IT, MALAYSIANS WOULD SUFFER, EVEN GIVE UP THEIR LIVES. STANDING UP AT THE CINEMA AND SINGING IT? NOT AN ISSUE.
BUT TANDA PUTERA IS UMNO PROPAGANDA.
Free Malaysia Today
Tagging NegaraKu to Tanda Putera ‘disturbing’
It was also “inappropriate” to air Tanda Putera, which is “not a historical” documentation of incidents on Merdeka Day.
KUCHING: The screening of controversial Tanda Putera weeks before Umno begins divisional elections in view of its October general assembly and polls is the work of certain leaders with “ulterior motives”, claimed the opposition here. .
Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian also said that it was “particularly disturbing” that the film was tagged to a government directive to play the national anthem.
Bian believes the screening and government order was aimed at projecting Umno as the ‘savior” of the Malay race and Islam.
“You know that Umno meeting is coming up and there are some leaders who want to be seen to be protecting and championing their race and religion.
“They are using the screening of Tanda Putera to trigger and instill that kind of patriotism for some Umno leaders.
“That I believe is one of the reasons why they demand that Tanda Putera be shown in cinemas,” he said.
Bian was commenting on the statement by Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who reportedly said that the the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas) had been asked to “ensure” that tanda Putera is screened in cinemas and at the same time the Negaraku be played before and after the screening of movies
Amir Ghazal, Penang PKR Youth chief, “However, there were some hilarious scenes where former premier Mahathir Mohamad, obviously the rebel at the time, was shown in a bad light as he was sacked from Umno.”
“Is that the message Najib wants to send to Umno?” he asked, laughing.
Penang PKR Youth set aside their rancor and in the spirit of openness watched the controversial movie Tanda Putera at the Sunway Carnival Mall in Seberang Jaya today.
After viewing it, the PKR leaders said the screening was timely in view of the upcoming Umno party elections, to make Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak look good and to ensure he remains in his posts.
Despite some scenes of racial unity worth watching, Amir criticised the racial slant the movie has mostly taken to portray the “bad guys” as representing only one ethnic community.
“Only the same race (Chinese) seem to be the communists, gangsters, rioters and murderers. It is not right, the situation was not as portrayed,” he added.
THE POOR RESPONSE OF THE CINEMA-GOING PUBLIC TO TANDA PUTERA MUST HAVE DISMAYED UMNO.
There have been few paying cinema-goers. It looks like this trend will continue. The silent majority has voted with its pocket. No, they won’t pay to watch UMNO propaganda!
How, then, do you get people to watch your propaganda if you’re UMNO?
Get the public univerities to screen it under the pretense of “studying” it!
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Razali Ibrahim has proposed that the film ‘Tanda Putera’ be made a topic of academic study by students and academicians at the institutions of higher learning (IPT).
He said the film could be studied from the angle of background, creative work and storyline to give a clearer understanding of how the national leaders in the past solved the problem of unity and endeavoured to develop the nation.
“It is good if it is studied, especially by undergraduates, so they can evaluate and criticise it from various perspectives and the actual meaning of the story,” he told reporters after viewing the film at the Golden Screen Cinema, Midvalley yesterday.
Nazri’s Tanda Putera views sting MCA and DAP, they hit back
BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
September 01, 2013
MCA Youth chief Datuk Wee Ka Siong said Nazri’s statement was insensitive and unfair.
“Being entitled to your views does not mean stating irresponsible things at the expense of other races,” Wee said, expressing disappointment that Nazri chose to narrow down the cause of the incident.
“There are many factors that actually caused the riot and one of it is economic inequality.” he said.
Wee said that whoever triggered the violence in 1969 and those who keep harping about it were equally bad.
He said that although Nazri mentioned that “only a few individuals” from the community were to be blamed for the violence, he was already making a stand that the Chinese were the key perpetrators of the incident.
“At that time, there was a huge disparity among the races with some acting as agent provocateurs,” he said.
Wee said that one should take a look at the bigger picture and not rush to blame other races. – September 1, 2013.
COMMENT Tourism minister Mohd Nazri Aziz is entitled to his opinion that the Chinese caused the May 13 incident.
This is despite the fact that the entire episode 44 years ago is so shrouded in mystery that an unequivocal opinion like Nazri’s on a sensitive issue must seem imprudent, coming from a sitting minister in a government ostensibly pushing for reconciliation after a divisive general election.
The May 13, 1969 racial riots have constituted a wound on the nation’s psyche, colouring all that has happened in our history since.
Coterie of Umno politicians
To be sure Nazri’s opinion is not the only controversial opinion aired in recent times on the febrile subject.
A few months ago, Tamrin Ghafar (left), son of former deputy prime minister and Umno stalwart, Ghafar Baba, revealed that he and Anwar Ibrahim were told by the late Ghazali Shafie that May 13 was engineered by a coterie of Umno politicians who saw it as a way to oust incumbent Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and replace him with his deputy, Abdul Razak Hussein.
Ghazali, the once powerful home minister, was said by Tamrin to have aired this version of events to an Umno Youth delegation, led by Anwar, which visited him in the mid-1980s to seek his views on current affairs.
A slew of visitors to the Tunku’s residence in Penang in the last year of his life (he died in December 1990) heard things from the country’s founding PM that tended to corroborate Ghazali’s version.
The Tunku , in the last years of his long life (he died at the age of 87), had arrived at some conclusions as to what happened in the prelude and aftermath of the race riots of May, 1969.
Those conclusions were stinging about Razak, a trusted lieutenant of the Tunku’s until the May 13 incident.
Till the end of his life, the Tunku could not accept the riots as something that was inevitable given that pervasive Malay poverty was tinder against which the match of racial strife could easily be struck.
The Tunku always felt that the riots were a contrived rather than spontaneous explosion.
May 13 was NOT a racial riot. It was the work of a few politicians who capitalised on sentiments of the day.
May 13 was not a racial riot – Stephen Ng
Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that it is “a historical fact that the riot was sparked by Chinese, (like the fact) that Nazis killed thousands of Jews during the Second World War”. I beg to differ.
When May 13 broke out, I was a young five-year-old boy living in a New Village. My father was away working either in Kelantan or Pahang. My sisters and I were the only ones who stayed with my mother in Jinjang Selatan. Although we were supposed to have moved to a new home in Taman Kepong, the family decided to stay put.
As a boy, I was listening in to every conversation that took place between my mother and other relatives and friends. There were horror stories of Malays killing the Chinese, and Chinese killing the Malays. But a phone conversation between my mother and my father that has never escaped my attention was that everything was peaceful in the East Coast.
My Father said that the Chinese and the Malays were having breakfast together. There was no riot in the East Coast.
Why is that so, Datuk Seri Nazri?
Racial riots? No way!
My answer is simple: May 13 was NOT a racial riot. It was the work of a few politicians who capitalised on sentiments of the day.
* Stephen Ng reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
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Tanda Putera opens with a dramatic scene of an incident where DAP campaign workers kill an Umno campaign helper two weeks prior to the general election then. It further escalates into more clashes in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur after the Alliance party wins the general election with a slim majority.
The role of MIC is never even mentioned during the period. The fact that the May 13 riots drove thousands of Indians back to India was never explored.
Free Malaysia Today
Tanda Putera falls flat
Shallow research and shoddy attempt by the producers of the movie did not portray true essence of the May 13 incident.
Shuhaimi Baba’s Tanda Putera is a pathetic attempt to create a historical biopic on the life story of our second Prime Minister Tun Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
Surprisingly, even Gerakan party members are featured in a negative role as the DAP members. There is a scene where the Gerakan man says that he would need to seek revenge against the Malays without getting arrested.
The antagonistic nature against the Malays was very evident with cries like “Malays, go back to your villages, Selangor is ours.”
Shuhaimi Baba attempted to debunk foreign reports that claimed on the large number of casualties during the clashes. These reports were based on information revealed by foreign embassies, which were made available to journalists.
In a related scene, the character of Tun Razak says, “the opposition and foreign media are playing up the issue that there are nearly 2000 casualties, but our intelligence puts a smaller number.”
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CINEMAS SHOWING TANDA PUTERA ARE POORLY ATTENDED!
YES, UMNO WILL HAVE TO SHOW ITS PROPAGANDA FREE AND OUTDOORS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IF IT WANTS THE MOVIE SEEN…
OR BOOK THE WHOLE CINEMA AND BUS IN UMNO MEMBERS!
However, it was a different scenario at the Mega Cineplex Megamall Pinang in Prai, where Permatang Pauh Umno Youth chief Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said booked the entire 160-seat cineplex for the 1.45pm screening for members of the division and his friends.
Sunday September 1, 2013 MYT 9:02:12 AM
Few takers for ‘Tanda Putera’ in KL
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the hype surrounding Tanda Putera, there were few takers for the show at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Screen Cinema (GSC) halls.
According to a cinema cashier, the movie has not been very popular, while an attendant said only 48 out of a total of 274 seats were occupied for the 2.15pm show yesterday.
“That’s not even half the cinema, and it’s been like this since it started showing,” he said.
There were about 60 cinema goers for the 5.15pm showing, and only a few advance bookings were seen for the 7.45pm and 12.45am screenings, despite it being a Saturday as well as a public holiday.
A similarly cool response from cinema goers was also seen in Penang yesterday, with a check revealing that only 42 tickets were sold for a 305-seat hall at the 2.25pm screening at GSC Queensbay Mall.
Or, is this a fictional movie, hiding behind history and half-truths so that the directors or producers need not be accountable by the audience or anyone.
Saturday, 31 August 2013 20:59
Tanda Putera – historical or fictional? – DAP’s Mahdzir Ibrahim
Written by Mahdzir Ibrahim
I’ve watched Tanda Putera at the cinema.
As a viewer, I have my own views and I will try to be fair to rate this movie.
According to media reports, the cost of this movie is around RM4.5 million. Of which, the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) contributed RM2.5 million and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) gave RM2 million. Excluding sponsorship from GLCs such as MAS.
With that cost, I don’t think the outcome in terms of the technical aspect is satisfying, perfect or worth it. The quality from the application of CGI or Computer Generated Image are messy…
ost probably is just an assumption because the flagpole is flying the Selangor flag.
History or what?
After watching it, I wondered if the film is about the history of May 13, or what?
There were scenes depicting youths urinating on a flag pole. But, it’s not clear whether this incident really happened and is derived from historical facts. If true, where and what is the source? Before this, we never heard about it. So we want to know the facts, either from police reports or notes by historians.
Or, is the flagpole urination scene a figment of the director’s imagination?
To vilify DAP
For me, the events of May 13th that intensified in early scene in the movie, seem to incite anger and portray the opposition as being the same entity or cooperating with the communists. Communists and opposition parties are painted with the image of the Chinese as well as the DAP logo emblazoned here and there in that particular scene.
Some short info for the directors – DAP is not a communist party. DAP is opposed to any struggle through the use of weapons.
I thought that this film would retell the May 13 incident in chronological order and include clear witness reports. I watched this movie thinking it would provide a clearer picture to the audience about what is really happening in this May 13 incident.
But it did not happen in that way. The director suddenly abandoned the topic of May 13 less than halfway through the movie. The thrilling topic was dropped after embedding the DAP logo and the image of communists in the viewer’s minds.
The rest of the movie revolves around Tun Razak’s family and his friendship with Tun Dr. Ismail….But in the end of all this, I do not see or understand the significance between the incidents of May 13 and Tun Razak’s legacy in this movie.
Finally, we would like to ask the director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, what film is this? A historical film or fiction film?
I think I am entitled to get an explanation from her because this film is funded from tax payers money, not a small amount but a lot. This tax payer’s money is collected by the government from all races, Malay, Chinese, Indian, even from Umno members, DAP members, PKR, Muslims, non-Muslims, poor and rich people even all.
If this is a historical film, then it belongs to the people and the people are entitled to get an explanation. If it is fiction, the publisher must be willing to be responsible for the images or scenes in her work.
- Mahdzir Ibrahim is a Central Executive Committee Member of DAP’s Youth Wing, DAPSY. He is also an arts and culture enthusiast.
Pro-UMNO NGO turns up in support of UMNO propaganda
31 August 2013| last updated at 09:58PM
NGO turns up in support of Tanda Putera film
BAYAN LEPAS: Some 35 members of a non-governmental organisation (NGO) staged a peaceful gathering at a mall here this evening, voicing their support for the controversial Tanda Putera film.
Assembling at the ground floor of the mall, the group, from the Persatuan Muka Buku Pulau Pinang, then made their way to the top floor where the cinema was located, carrying the Jalur Gemilang.
The men were dressed in colourful baju Melayu while the women wore baju kurung, with a batik cloth draped over their heads.
Apart from their dressing, the group also invited curious stares from moviegoers when they began singing patriotic songs such as “Warisan Anak Kecil” and Sudirman’s “Tanggal 31 Ogos”, as well as shouting “Merdeka!” several times.
“It is a historical fact that the riot was sparked by Chinese…But only a few individuals were to blame for the violence then. The Chinese community as a whole is not responsible for what happened in 1969, only the individuals.”
Nazri says it’s fact that Chinese caused May 13, finds Tanda Putera “well-researched”
The Chinese did cause the May 13 riots and Tanda Putera is a well-researched movie that depicts that, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today.
“It is a historical fact that the riot was sparked by Chinese,” he said, adding that it’s just like it’s “a fact that Nazis killed thousands of Jews during the Second World War”.
He added, “But only a few individuals were to blame for the violence then. The Chinese community as a whole is not responsible for what happened in 1969, only the individuals. They are the ones who should feel guilty.”
He said he saw the movie Tanda Putera, found it “well-researched” and wondered why the present generation of Chinese was upset over it.
YOU CAN WATCH UMNO’S PROPAGANDA FILM IN PENANG…
Penangites can now watch Tanda Putera in the state as the movie will be screened in local cinemas from tomorrow.
Yesterday, Golden Screen Cinema decided not to screen the movie following an advisory issued by the Penang government to all local cinema operators.
The statement from GSC today said the movie “will resume screening in GSC locations in the state from Saturday onwards following the state government’s clarification yesterday that the directive issued earlier was meant as an advisory (and not a directive) to the cinema operators”.
“The movie falls under Finas ‘Skim Wajib Tayang‘ (compulsory screening scheme) for local movies and has been approved by the Censorship Board with the classification of P13,” said GSC Corporate Communications and Branding department spokesperson Esther Chew.
Finas told to enforce Tanda Putera screening in Penang, says minister – Bernama
ALL-OUT PUSH FROM PUTRAJAYA: ‘Tanda Putera’ to hit Penang cinemas from Sat
KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) — The ‘Tanda Putera’ movie will hit the cinemas in Penang starting this Saturday, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
The minister, in his latest Facebook status, said the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas) had been asked to ensure that the movie would be screened in cinemas in the state as scheduled.
Yesterday, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng issued an order to cinema operators in the state not to screen the movie, which was deemed controversial by the opposition.
Lim, however, was reported to have changed his mind and said it was merely an ‘advisory’.
“Maybe the people’s demand and anger have caused the cinema operators to receive a new letter, an ADVISORY, instead of ORDER,” Ahmad Shabery said.
He said if there really were slanderous scenes that could provoke racial hatred in the movie as claimed by Lim, those concerned could lodged a report to the police and the Film Censorship Board (LPF).
It is now uncertain if local entertainment outlets such as Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and TGV Cinemas would be screening controversial movie Tanda Putera in Penang following pressure by the state government.
A spokesperson from Golden Screen Cinemas in Kuala Lumpur said the management was considering the matter in the wake of the Penang government’s decision to “request” the outlets not screen the movie, schedule to open nationwide tomorrow.
The Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas) should allow public screening of the ‘Tanda Putera’ movie, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He said with the screening of the film on statehood, directed by Shuhaimi Baba, the people would be able to evaluate the message it contained.
“It is time the film ‘Tanda Putera’ is screened for the masses,” he said in his Facebook page, today.
It was reported that the Cabinet had decided to hold back the screening of the film ‘Tanda Putera’ as it depicts inappropriate scenes which might cause a conflict among communities.
Now, however, it’s being shown to selected audiences…
Private screenings of the controversial film on the May 13, 1969 racial riots, Tanda Putera are allowed because a previous cabinet decision to postpone its screening was limited to public screenings only.
Free Malaysia Today
The truth tells a different tale
Regrettably, Tanda Putera is nothing but an Umno hogwash of the 1969 racial riots with Shuhaimi portraying the Chinese community as ‘baddie’.
Film maker Shuhaimi Baba is banking on her latest scandalous flick “Tanda Putera” to do the trick in hepling the Barisan Nasional win big in the coming 13th general election.
The film has been condemned by several quarters for its factual inaccuracies but producer-director Shuhaimi is defending her ‘baby’ claiming it is work of “creative licence”.
Shuhaimi clearly is oblivious to the fact that the rakyat has post-2008 become all the more wise in selecting the ‘right’ people to lead this country.
Tanda Putera is supposed to be a historical biographical film about the Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak and his then deputy Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman and is set around the time after the May 13, 1969 racial riots.
However, the film has ended up playing devil’s advocate, stoking racial flames in the minds of its “selective” audiences, that too with the blessings of the ruling BN government.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon’s endorsement of private screenings of controversial May 13 film Tanda Putera has earned him the ire of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
“I am disappointed with Koh, even though (this is to be expected as) he is a minister.
“I know these are the his last days as minister, but please end it with talking sense,” Lim hit out at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today after launching his party’s Internet station UbahTV.
“Koh has shown once again that he is a puppet and a tool of Umno,” Lim sniped.
He argued that if Tanda Putera, which he believe to be “a racist film that wants to incite racial hatred using false facts and manufactured events”, can be allowed for private screenings, so can pornographic films.
Private screenings of the controversial film on the May 13, 1969 racial riots, Tanda Putera are allowed because a previous cabinet decision to postpone its screening was limited to public screenings only.
“There have been some private screenings for people to make some judgments and decisions. As long as there is no public screening, for that is the decision that was made by the cabinet,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon said today.
Asked why was this allowed despite charges that the film was racially divisive, the de facto unity minister questioned such a charge.
“I don’t know how many screenings there have been, but has it led to racial strife? I don’t know, you better check the facts before reporting on that,” Koh told reporters.
Information Minister Rais Yatim had previously said that Tanda Putera’s premier has been deferred because there were ‘inappropriate’ scenes in the film.
‘For the people’s benefit’
“The cabinet has decided for the benefit of the people, that the official premiere of the film is postponed as it contains scenes that may cause conflicts.
“This is because it shows the tragedy of May 13 which is disputed by various parties,” he said in November last year.
Director Shuhaimi Baba: Anyone can watch it, even the Opposition. Just pay me!
While agreeing to defer the public screening of her controversial May 13 film Tanda Putera, award-winning director Shuhaimi Baba will continue to show it privately to those who want to watch the film.
“I reserve the right to screen the movie privately, and if people want me to screen it in private and want me to provide commentary, I will,” Shuhaimi told a press conference in Shah Alam today.
She said this when asked to comment on the private screenings of her film, twice in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) and at least once to Felda settlers, in the last few weeks.
Asked if she would also screen Tanda Putera to opposition parties if she was asked, Shuhaimi said she would do so, as long as the screening was paid for.
“If you pay, I’ll screen it,” added the self-professed BN supporter.
Shuhaimi, however, said that she deferred to a cabinet decision to postpone the public screening of her “nationalistic” film until a more “conducive” date.
“But I have decided that I want to allow viewers to watch it in calmer settings, (therefore) we decided to only screen it after the general election.
“So no need to create disruptions, no need to send protests or what not, we will screen it only after the elections,” said Shuhaimi.
RACIST PROPAGANDA TO BE SHOWN TO A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE!
Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) is to screen the controversial May 13 film Tanda Putera to its students and staff again, this time at a closed-door session at its campus in Kuantan, Pahang, tonight.
Sources in the UIA student services division confirmed that the screening, organised by the campus director’s office, would be at the main hall of the campus at 9pm.
“It will be screened behind closed doors, to staff and students only,” said an officer, who did not want to be named, when contacted by Malaysiakini.
Pro-Mahasiswa UIA students have questioned the move, considering it an attempt to influence the students to support a certain political coalition.We Unite for Islam (Wufi) president Abdul Muntaqim Abu Bakar said he that suspected something was amiss, as the film was being “hurriedly promoted” in the background of the impending 13th general election.
“Why is it being screened when the election is near? Is it directed to influence the students to support a particular political party?” he asked.
HE DOESN’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS EXACTLY THE PROBLEM, SCREENING IT TO PRIVATE PARTIES.
There is no problem screening the controversial film Tanda Putera privately but not to the open public, said Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
“(The movie) wasn’t screened to the general public, but to a certain group only.
“I feel (the screening) must have been decided by certain responsible parties,” said Muhyiddin today at a press conference in Putrajaya.
He stressed that the movie, which has received flak for its portrayal of the May 13, 1969 riots, is not allowed to be screened in the open or to the public, saying he had seen the results for himself.
“But we have decided for the present moment that it is not suitable for screening in cinemas,” he added.
Mahathir’s character was depicted penning a letter condemning then-premier Tunku Abdul Rahman and was subsequently sacked from Umno.
Details of the May 13 riots, such as that depicted in Tanda Putera, should be provided to all Malaysians as a precautionary tale to avoid future racial unrest, said former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“It depends, people have many perceptions. But I think that we should tell the rakyat what really happened on May 13 so that it becomes a lesson to all of us,” Mahathir told reporters today.
“Because as a multiracial country, if we are not careful, our country may become unstable because of constant racial riots.”
He said this when asked to respond if the cabinet decision to suspend the screening of the film and selective screening of the movie, was a wise move.
|10:12AM Mar 14, 2013|
Bersih has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to put an end to “closed screenings” of controversial film ‘Tanda Putera‘.
Its steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah said by saying nothing, the PM is seen to be allowing such private screenings of the Suhaimi Baba-directed movie depicting the race riots of May 13, 1969.
“I sincerely hope he stops the airing of the film.
“If need be, screen the movie for all Malaysians so that it can be judged by the public,” she said when contacted by Malaysiakini yesterday.
WHY ARE WE NOT SURPRISED?
“After the screening, there was a session to review the film. The agenda included badmouthing the other races and inciting and creating hatred against Chinese (Malaysians),” claimed student group We Unite For Islam (Wufi) president Mohd Najib Abdul Rahim.
The student leader, who had also watched the film, said the officer had vilified the opposition as well.
Among those present at the screening were UIA rector Prof Zaleha Kamaruddin, deputy rector for student affairs Associate Prof Mizan Hitam, and ‘Tanda Putera’ director Shuhaimi Baba.
A senior officer with the prime minister is said to have demonised electoral reform pressure group Bersih and news portal Malaysiakini after a screening of the controversial film ‘Tanda Putera’ in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) last weekend.
Mohd Najib claimed the officer presented his 45-minute ‘review’ to more than 400 students who attended the two-hour long screening.
“He said foreign agents like Bersih and Malaysiakini have come to Malaysia to vilify the country.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim has claimed ignorance of the selective screenings of the controversial Tanda Putera movie.
He also added the organisers of the screenings may have contravened the cabinet’s directive.
The film has passed the censorship board’s scrutiny, but it has yet to be aired in cinemas amid allegations that its portrayal of the May 13 riots contained racial elements.
Last November, the cabinet said the movie was not appropriate to be screened in public.
According to Rais, his ministry did not know about the screening of the film by “certain parties”.
“I did not know about this and no one brought it to our attention. My ministry is firm on the cabinet’s decision (to hold off the screening).
“We have been adhering to the cabinet’s decision and are not in anyway involved with any official or unofficial screening by those who possess their own means and methods, as well as their own agenda,” Rais said.
Lim Kit Siang said that Najib should explain why the film was been screened to selected audiences despite cabinet deeming the film “inappropriate” for public screening.
|7:05PM Mar 10, 2013|
Despite being funded by taxpayers, Tanda Putera is currently being screened like an “anti-national underground movie”, said DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.
Commenting on yet another closed-door screening of the movie last night, Lim said that the Najib administration was being selective of its screening audience.
Last night, the movie was screened for about 600 International Islamic University (UIA) students. The media was turned away from the tightly guarded event.
“What is shocking and deplorable is the ‘inducement’ for the selected 600 students to the ‘private screening’ – the award of ‘Star Points’ for UIA’s participatory merit point system.
“(Furthermore) it is compulsory for Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Unit,” said Lim in a statement today.
The controversial film ‘Tanda Putera’ is slated to be screened at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIA) at 9pm tonight.
The screening is organised by Kelab Wawasan UIA with cooperation from the university’s Students’ Affairs Department, revealed a student group.
According to We Unite for Islam UIA chairperson Mohd Najib Abdul Rahim, each of the university’s residential colleges have been asked to send six students for the screening, while attendance is compulsory for Police Undergraduate Voluntary Corps and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Unit members.
“Those who attend would also be awarded ‘Star Points’,” said Mohd Najib, referring to a merit point system where students earn points through extracurricular activities that would be recorded in their degrees.
When contacted, a UIAM Students’ Affairs Department official confirmed tonight’s screening, which is slated to be held at the university’s main auditorium, near the administrative building.
He told Malaysiakini the screening was authorised by the campus authorities as the decision was made by the university’s rector.
Controversial ‘Tanda Putera’ film not racist, director says
By Ida Lim
March 06, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — The controversial “Tanda Putera” film that depicts the May 1969 racial riots in Malaysia is not racist, its director and producer Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba has said.
In a lengthy question-and-answer piece that was provided to The Malaysian Insider today, Shuhaimi defended the film from allegations that a recent private screening of the film to FELDA settlers indicated that it was racist.
“Tanda Putera is not a racist film. One that will shock? Maybe. The first 15 minutes of the film shows what happened during the racial riots of 1969 and the events leading up to it.
“Yes, it shows Malays beating up Chinese and Chinese beating up Malays and the role of dissidents, members of the Malayan Communist Party, in stoking up the fire. But Tanda Putera also shows how a Chinese family helps protect their Malay friends and Malay youths protecting their non-Malay friends from rioters.
“More importantly, it shows how Malaysians managed to overcome the horror of May 13th to bring back the peace and stability which we enjoy to this day. And no one can deny Tun Razak and Tun Ismail’s leading roles in steering this country from the brink of disaster even when they were both struggling with critical illnesses,” she wrote in the statement dated March 5.
Shuhaimi also pointed out that the film had a multiracial and multinational cast, saying in the same statement that it was “amusing” to hear of people labelling Tanda Putera as a racist film, particularly by those who have not viewed it yet.
Sunday, 24 February 2013 13:02
DON’T SELL YOUR SOUL TO THE DEVIL: Chee Khoon’s son slams DAP founder for MAY 13 LIES
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
Tan Kee Kwong, the son of Malaysia’s Mr Opposition Tan Chee Khoon, has come out to shoot down the insinuations made by Goh Hock Guan, the first secretary-general of the DAP party, that the Opposition was to blame for the racial riots of May 13, 1969.
“We all know Umno is trying to incite the sentiments of the Malays to win the coming general election and it is trying to do this by rehashing the May 13 incident. Millions have been poured into (the film) Tanda Putera and Prime Minister Najib Razak even asked for it to be shown to the Felda settlers first.”
Kee Kwong, who is now senior leader in Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR party, also rubbished Hock Guan’s claim that the electoral stalemate in Selangor in 1969 had also contributed to the unrest that had left hundreds dead on the streets of Kuala Lumpur.
Instead he dropped a bombshell, revealing that Hock Guan, a co-founder of the DAP, had coveted the post of the Selangor chief minister.
“Hock Guan was the one who was gila-kuasa (mad for power). He asked my father to get Lim Thuan Siong (then an independent who had won one of the state seats) to join the Opposition because he wanted to be the Selangor Mentri Besar. My father was shocked. He told Hock Guan off. He said, I will not be a party to your wild schemes to burn this country down. And he was proven to be right on May 13,” said Kee Kwong.
Chee Khoon, the co-founder of Gerakan which was then in the Opposition, had organized a victory parade on May 12, 1969 for the unprecedented gains chalked by his party and the DAP. He received permission from the police to hold it. On May 13, UMNO organised a retaliatory march, and armed groups of Malay youths gathered at the capital, Kuala Lumpur. The march degenerated into a racial riot, and the violence continued for two days.
Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:50
PORTRAIT OF ANOTHER DAP TURNCOAT? We could have averted May 13 – founder
A FOUNDER of the DAP regrets leading the party to unexpected victory in 13 parliamentary seats and, among others, a sizable number of state seats in Selangor in the 1969 general election as this may have indirectly contributed to the May 13 incident.
Goh Hock Guan, the man who gave the party its name and designed its “rocket” symbol, wished in retrospect that the DAP victory had been smaller as this might have possibly averted the “national tragedy”.
“There is a very, very, big connection between the DAP (opposition) victory and May 13. I wish I had entered fewer DAP candidates in the elections as this may have possibly prevented the riots,” he said in an interview.
The then secretary-general of the party said the eventual electoral stalemate in Selangor, where the opposition led by the DAP and the Alliance had almost the same number of seats each, might have been one of the factors that contributed to the disturbance.
FELDA screening of ‘Tanda Putera’ proves movie racist, Ambiga says
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 – Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan questioned today the motive behind the recent private screening of “Tanda Putera” to Malay FELDA settlers here, saying this meant the movie was likely racist portrayal of the bloody May 1969 riots.
“My issue with Tanda Putera is why did they want to show it only to FELDA settlers.
“Show it to all of us. Let us all judge and believe me we will judge it… why only let a select few of people watch it? That shows what the issue is about,” the former Bar Council president said at a forum on racism held at the Civil Servants Golf Club here.
Ambiga added that among the major factors behind the problem is the existence of political interference in the education system – where politicians, instead of educationists, are in charge of the learning institutions.
“What they are doing to our children is a crime,” she said, adding that her schooling children have also experienced the very same system that she claims has caused communal strife in Malaysia.
Mathias Gomes, Malaysia Chronicle:
And to Najib, if you thought that by showing this movie to the Felda Settlers, you will win over the Malays to vote for BN, then my friend, your 1Malaysia is a SHAM!
Here you are dividing and ruling the people, but you charade as if you want everyone to be united under your 1Malaysia umbrella. Do you dare show this film to an equal audience of Malays, Chinese, and Indians and then see whether your slogan is 1 Malaysia or 1 Malay-saja.
Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:22
THE BN’S SWANSONG: May 13 film ‘Tanda Putera’ is Umno’s worst propaganda
Written by Mathias Gomes, Malaysia Chronicle
Well, Shuhaimi Baba you cried, raved and ranted that you were an independent film maker with your own views. You said “Tanda Putera” is not a political film to support any party.
I say, Bull Shit! It was supposed to be released in November last year but because Najib could not make up his mind on the election date, the film was postponed till he made up his mind. Looks like the 13th General Election is just weeks away now because the boss himself has released it to be premiered at the Felda gathering, where about 3,000 thousand got to watch it first.
Why was a local film premiered at an event not related to the film industry? Always there will be a fanfare for the premiere of any local film with personalities from the industry invited and it is always at a local cinema or a viewing hall.
But for “Tanda Putera”, it is done at an event for Felda settlers. Doesn’t this stink of government propaganda?
EXCERPTS FROM THE FILM from Malaysiakini
1 The show opens with a group of Chinese who appeared to be Communist sympathisers attacking a party worker, urging that the 1969 general election be boycotted.
The victim was later revealed to be an Umno member as a news flashed with the headline: ‘Umno party worker killed’.
A voice then narrates that victory marchers had chanted “Melayu balik kampung” (Malays should go back to their villages), hurting the feelings of Malays and thus triggering the May 13 race riots.
2 A scene showed a group of Chinese on a lorry entering a Malay kampung, declaring that the area now belonged to them, causing tension as police attempted to prevent a clash.
Another scene showed a group of Chinese youth urinating on a flag pole bearing the Selangor flag outside the residence of then-state menteri besar Harun Idris.
They declared that Kuala Lumpur – then still part of Selangor – as belonging to them and the menteri besar should get out.
3 In another scene at a cinema, the screen suddenly blacks out, replaced with Mandarin words which asked Chinese to leave the venue, which they do.
A man then shouted in Malay why there was Chinese words on the screen and demanded for the show to be put back on. Then suddenly, the remaining audience in the cinema was massacred.
Tanda Putera a double-edged sword
FILM REVIEW Despite the cabinet deciding against airing the controversial Tanda Putera film until after the next general election, the leader of the same cabinet, Najib Abdul Razak, appeared keen on showing it to only selected segments of the Malaysian populace.
The reason is likely that the film is a double-edged sword, serving as an effective propaganda tool but which may well offend other communities.
While both the Malays and Chinese were depicted as turning on each other during the May 13 riots in the film, the latter were often characterised as the aggressor.
‘CARRIE RINA’ is a pseudonym. The writer is a film enthusiast who had the opportunity to watch the film at one of its previews held for different groups over the past months.
Lim Kit Siang, “I challenge Najib to produce the historical evidence…. The prime minister must assume full responsibility for this most racist and unhistorical slur in the May 13 film as it was Najib, according to Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Ahmad Maslan, who instructed that the film be exclusively screened to some 3,000 Felda settlers during a meeting at the Putra World Trade Centre on Monday.”
Free Malaysia Today
Kit Siang throws a ‘piss’ dare to Najib
The DAP veteran wants the PM to reveal historical evidence of an alleged urinating incident which provoked the May 13 racial riots.
KUALA LUMPUR: With tension and desperation mounting as the clock ticks down to the still elusive general election, the battle between the ruling coalition and the opposition has descended to the groin level.
An enraged Lim Kit Siang issued a 48-hour deadline to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to unzip historical proof to substantiate, what the DAP veteran termed as an incendiary and seditious figment of the imagination.
He was referring to the controversial movie Tanda Putera, which reportedly contained a scene of a group of Chinese youths urinating on the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag of the then menteri besar’s residence and thus provoking the May 13 racial riots in 1969.
Lim Kit Siang, “I am shocked that a prime minister who has made ‘1Malaysia’ his signature policy has now repudiated his National Transformation Programme and discredited all his preaching of moderation and ethics at national and international forums by giving official blessings to a film which mischievously and maliciously tried to portray me as the person responsible for the May 13 riots in 1969.”
|12:31PM Feb 19, 2013|
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to give a full explanation on his blessing to the exclusive preview of the controversial film Tanda Putera to some 3,000 Felda settlers yesterday.
He said the May 13 film portrays “downright lies and dangerous falsehoods” as it shows a scene of a group of Chinese youths urinating on the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag outside the Selangor menteri besar’s residence.
The scene was told to Malaysiakini reporters by those who watched the film at the Putra World Trade Complex in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Reporters were asked to leave the hall before the film was screened.
Lim said that the exclusive screening of the “dishonest and unbalanced” film is a final admission by Najib that he is in desperate straits about facing the unavoidable 13th general election and the failures of all his efforts so far to win back support from the voters.
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 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.
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Ahmad Maslan, “This film is not in the cinemas, but this historical film is very important, I have been informed by the prime minister. The prime minister asked that it be screened (for the Felda settlers).”
Some 3,000 Felda settlers were given an exclusive preview of the controversial film Tanda Putera at a gathering today aimed at bolstering support for the BN.
The screening, which was not on the schedule for the Felda gathering, was slotted in after lunch at the request of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Ahmad Maslan said.
Controversial May 13 film ‘Tanda Putera’ screened at FELDA meet
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 ― Over 3,000 FELDA settlers were today shown a surprise preview of the “Tanda Putera” film on the May 1969 racial riots, which was indefinitely shelved by Putrajaya last year.
According to online news portal Malaysiakini, the preview was shown during a special gathering of settlers at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here, which was also attended by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The portal reported that the screening had not been included in the itinerary for the gathering, but was unexpectedly played to the audience after a lunch break.
Quoting Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of FELDA Datuk Ahmad Maslan, the portal said the film was screened due to its historical significance.
“So, when else can I gather so many people like this? If we wait till tomorrow it’ll already be the general election,” the Umno information chief reportedly said.
Rais: Cabinet holds back ‘Tanda Putera’s screening
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 ― The Cabinet has decided to hold back the screening of the film ‘Tanda Putera’ as it depicts inappropriate scenes which might cause a conflict among communities.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the Cabinet felt that the screening should be deferred for the good of the society for certain scenes might be offensive.
“Certain scenes depicting the May 13, 1969 tragedy were questioned by many quarters,” he told reporters after opening the Federal Territory 1Malaysia Community: Caring Assembly 2012 in Kampung Puah Lembah, Wangsa Maju here, today.
UiTM cancels screening of ‘Tanda Putera’
SHAH ALAM, Nov 7 — Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) has cancelled the screening of the movie “Filem Tanda Putera” tomorrow and instead replaced the time slot scheduled for it with a discourse (on the movie).
UiTM’s Film, Theatre and Animation Faculty in a statement here today said the cancellation was made out of respect to decisions made about its screening by higher authorities.
The movie directed by Datin Paduka Suhaimi Baba tells the story of the role played by Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman in healing the nation after the May 13 1969 racial riots.
The movie was scheduled to be screened in conjunction with the university’s Film Promotion Night 2012 event.
Enquiries can be made at the Facebook site for the discourse (Malam Diskusi Seni Filem Tanda Putera) or by contacting the marketing coordinators Noorli Mokhtar at 019-3674843 or Zaaba at 017-7776946. — Bernama
My guess is that they don’t want to lose the next general Elections…
The release of locally-produced film Tanda Putera has been postponed for a second time and is now expected to be screened only next year.
When contacted today, director Shuhaimi Baba (left) confirmed that the film will not be screened on November 15 as previously planned.
“No screening, because (the) Nov 15 (date) has been cancelled. The new date will be in 2013. There is no more slots for this year,” Shuhaimi told Malaysiakini in a text message.
Both Shuhaimi and producer Aida Fitri Buyong declined comment on the reasons for the second postponement and said the question should be posed to the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).
“Tanda Putera” is scheduled for general screening on November 17, but a 90-second trailer of the film available on the Internet has already sparked some controversy because it appears to suggest the Chinese community was to blame for the riots.
The film was made at a cost of RM4.8 million and was fully funded by the government’s National Film Development Corporation (Finas) and the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDEC).
‘Tanda Putera’ film necessary to remind people of May 13 tragedy, says Putrajaya
Assistant News Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — Putrajaya came out today to defend its approval of “Tanda Putera”, the film on the May 13 race riots that has courted much controversy, saying it felt it was necessary to remind Malaysians of the bloody tragedy in 1969.
Deputy Minister Senator Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz told the Dewan Rakyat that the government believed that with the level of maturity of today’s youths, such historical events should be depicted in a most “effective and realistic” manner.
“Although it touches on a sensitive racial issue, the May 13 tragedy has become an important incident that Malaysians must take heed of and use as an example of how important racial harmony is to the country,” he said during Question Time.
D’Cruzadded that despite the bad publicity that the controversial film has received so far, speculation that it contains negative racial sentiments was still “premature” as “Tanda Putera” has yet to be released in local theatres.
Penang Entrepreneur says Kit Siang did not urinate at flagpole
KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 14, 2012): A Penang-based property entrepreneur debunked allegations that DAP leader and Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang was present at the residence of the former Selangor Menteri Besar during the racial riots on May 13, 1969.
In a press conference at DAP’s headquarters today, Ahmad Habib, 60, claimed he did not see Lim or anyone else urinate at the Selangor flag pole.
Ahmad stressed that it would have been impossible for anyone, let alone Lim, to perform the alleged act as the flagpole was located in the compound of the Menteri Besar’s residence which was guarded by security personnel.
Ahmad, a former Mara business administration student at that time, said he was there between 3am to 5am on May 14.
He said he had planned to meet his study group in Petaling Jaya and mistakenly took a bus which ended up in Kampung Baru.
“I did not know there would be a protest rally there,” he said.
Ahmad said he heard gun shots and together with his friends, managed to seek refuge at a “good samaritan’s” house.
Later, they were sent to the Menteri Besar’s residence after security forces announced through their loudspeakers that buses were available to transport people to safety.
He said the distance between the house and the flag pole was approximately 200 metres.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has produced an eyewitness to rebut claims that he had urinated on a flag pole at the Selangor menteri besar’s house during the May 13, 1969 riots.
Ahmad Habib, 64, said the claim earlier made in a posting on the film Tanda Putera’s Facebook was, as far as he knew, from what he experienced at the time, untrue as he saw no Chinese around the MB’s house during the incident.
“At that time (of the May 13 incident) we were all asked by the police to gather at the menteri besar’s residence.
“And at the time of the incident, not a single Chinese was in the vicinity of the menteri besar’s residence,” said Ahmad (right in photo, with Lim) at a DAP press conference today.
Ahmad, who comes from Penang, said he was a Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM) student during the notorious racial riots of 1969.
“It appears my efforts have all been water off a duck’s back.”
Kua Kia Soong
Free Malaysia Today
Tanda Putera: Portrait of an apologist
Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong rebuts criticisms levelled against him by Tanda Putera director Shuhaimi Baba.
By Kua Kia Soong
At the outset, let me clarify that I am certainly not the director of Tanda Putera’s (TP) “most vocal critic”. Until this controversy started, I had never heard of this maker of Pontianak movies.
On the other hand, I am an ardent admirer of the late Yasmin Ahmad’s classic Malaysian films through which Yasmin’s truly multi-ethnic and prejudice-shattering humanity shines through.
Still, I was ready to give this director of TP the benefit of the doubt by appealing to any fibre of intellectual honesty in her body when I wrote my reply (Tanda Putera: Deconstructing Prejudice) to her unwarranted attacks on my credibility in her interview with FMT.
It appears my efforts have all been water off a duck’s back.
Read the article, a very long one.
Free Malaysia Today
Hello, hello Dr Kua
Director Shuhaimi Baba takes on her most vocal critic of her latest production, Tanda Putera.
By Shuhaimi Baba
As a filmmaker, I celebrate all kinds of interpretation and stories, because we respect the creative licence attached to it. Those who have seen political films from Latin America, will remember how extreme and radical they are. They bare their thoughts without pretension. They do not have to pretend to be democrats with a healthy respect for authority.
In ‘Tanda Putera ” we dont pretend its a historical documentary . We say its a movie based on historical events.
Free Malaysia Today
Tanda Putera: Deconstructing prejudice
Kua Kia Soong rebuts the criticism levelled at him by Tanda Putera director Shuhaimi Baba.
In this article, Kua Kia Soong defends himself against the charges of being anti-Malay and bias against Tun Razak.
NO REPEAT OF MAY 13 unless someone organized it!
Free Malaysia Today
‘Another May 13 only if orchestrated’
While decades of socio-economic advances have lessened the likelihood of another racial riot, analysts say the threat of racial riots, although small, still exists.
PETALING JAYA: The threat of another May 13 incident is minimal but real, political analysts said, pointing fingers at “right-wing groups” they claim would be eager to instigate such riots.
Blogger provides a summary:
Prof James Chin of Monash University.
The threat of May 13 repeating itself is real but only if there are people manipulating the incident…not likely to happen spontaneously.
Analyst Ong Kian Ming
The incumbent government might be desperate enough to orchestrate a riot if the results of the general election were not in their favour. However,it would most likely backfire…The Malay middle class is much larger compared to that of 1969 and they would have a lot more to lose if the racial riots were to take place. Thus, many will do all they can to prevent something like this happening.
They lied about Kit Siang urinating at the flagpole in the residence of the Selangor MB on 13 May 1969 (read here the truth:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=465305090169221&set=a.177292652303801.40095.100000692026448&type=1&comment_id=1427261)
Now look at what they actually DO in public.(compare with the image next to it). These pro UMNO-supporters in the photo are NOT 10 year old kids… the are MATURED adults , fathers with children (possibly with grandchildren).
What kind of role model do they show to their children and families???
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 17:38
Kit Siang and May 13
Written by Ahmad Mustapha Hassan
Allow me to explain about the above controversy.
I was there on that fateful day as an executive member of Umno Youth. The gathering was organised by Selangor Umno Youth whose leader was Harun Idris and the secretary then was Ahmad Razali Ali.
The whole area was dominated by Umno Youth members and no non-Malay could ever enter the place. That being the case, it was impossible for Lim Kit Siang to be there and did what he was purportedly accused of. If he did, he would have been killed by the mob.
In fact the first killing that I witnessed was outside the gate, on the road. A young coffeeshop boy, about 13 or 14 in age, was slaughtered by the mob and his body kicked into the drain running by the road. He was an innocent boy trying to earn some pocket money.
I mentioned the May 13 incident in my book “The Unmaking of Malaysia”.
*THE OTHER SIDE: WHAT A PRO-UMNO BLOGGER IS WRITING ABOUT TANDA PUTERA, MAY 13 AND LIM KIT SIANG..
Zakhir Mohamad (bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com), PRO-UMNO BLOGGER, has written some damning things about Lim Kit Siang. How credible is he? The following article will put things into perspective.
(Blogger: I have put in dark print the most relevant parts of the article.)
Blog association cannot control members’ posts, says president
KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Blog House Malaysia (BHM) cannot control the contents of its members’ blog postings, its president Syed Akbar Ali has said.
Syed Akbar, who runs his own blog site Outsyed the box (http://syedsoutsidethebox.blogspot.com), said that the blog association only organised programmes and events for its bloggers and did not have any say as to what its members write about.
“Of course I would like all bloggers to write responsibly, but we cannot control the content of blogs … we are an association of bloggers, we organise programmes, but we are not like an editorial team like in newspapers,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
The BHM president was commenting on recent accusations made by two pro-Umno bloggers that Christian groups are plotting to establish a Christian state with a Christian prime minister as its head.
Utusan Malaysia carried a front-page article on Saturday claiming the DAP was conspiring with Christian leaders to take over Putrajaya and abolish Islam as the country’s official religion.
The report, based on unsubstantiated blog postings by several pro-Umno bloggers, had charged the DAP with sedition for allegedly trying to change the country’s laws to allow a Christian prime minister, pointing to a grainy photograph showing what they described as a secret pact between the opposition party and pastors at a hotel in Penang on Wednesday.
One of the bloggers — Zakhir Mohamad (http://bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com) — is treasurer of BHM.
“The police are investigating the matter, let them do their job,” Syed Akbar said.
But he also said all parties need to be careful before coming out with anything which may cause tension between the different races in the country.
“From a personal viewpoint, I stand by what the prime minister said. You must see the situation in the country … when you say or do things, you have to be careful of the consequences.
“It’s like standing in the cinema and shouting fire, fire,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
Syed Akbar said, however, that Zakhir’s claims about a Christian conspiracy were not the first, and that Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin had raised a similar issue recently.
According to an Utusan report yesterday, Zulkifli had said that there were attempts by other religious groups to usurp Islam’s position in the country.
The lawmaker alleged that the movement was based on a 14-point demand letter sent by opposition leaders to the Interfaith council (IFC).
“I was made to understand that among the things they are fighting for is to categorise youths below the age of 18 as “religion-less” and that they may choose what religion they like when they reach that age,” Zulkifli was quoted by the Malay daily as saying.
Despite repeated denials by Christian groups and the DAP, Zakhir has insisted that action be taken against “subversive” Christian groups.
“It is time that action be taken against this movement which may be subversive and a threat when the country’s majority-race Malays become angry. If this is true, proper action must be taken,” said Zakhir in a blog posting last night.
But he refused to comment any further when contacted by The Malaysian Insider.
“Right now, I will only speak to the police … I cannot say anything even if I want to. Police reports have been lodged and this is now under police investigation.
“I’ll be able to comment once the investigation is completed,” Zakhir said.
Main – Malaysia – Blog association cannot control members …www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/blog… – Cached
*THE OTHER SIDE: WHAT A PRO-UMNO BLOGGER IS WRITING ABOUT TANDA PUTERA, MAY 13 AND LIM KIT SIANG..
Read what Zakhir Mohamad (bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com), PRO-UMNO BLOGGER, has to say about TANDA PUTERA, May 13 and Lim Kit Siang.
I have reproduced the last part here. Read the whole article yourself at the end. Just click on the link
Ramblings and doodlings of an unsettled mind!
Godfather of Chinese Chauvinist political agenda in the Malay Peninsular, 1967 till present day
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.
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’.
Scene in ‘Tanda Putera’ depicting the radicals and subversive elements instigating the Chinese to provoke the majority Malays, during the May 1969 GE
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.
Lim Kit Siang dismissed fears of a repeat of the riots after elections, saying: “After 43 years, things have changed; the question of May 13 is not there.”
“If Umno loses and BN (Barisan Nasional) is replaced, it will be replaced by PR (Pakatan Rakyat) representing all races and all religions. The question of May 13 should never have been brought up in this context.”
Probe May 13 to move on, says Kit Siang
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Only a full public disclosure of the May 13, 1969 racial riots, which remain shrouded in secrecy, will help Malaysians put the past in perspective and move on as a nation, the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang says.
The opposition leader wants a full investigation of the events surrounding the 43-year-old tragedy, including allegations that he had urinated on the flagpole at the then Selangor mentri besar’s residence.
Umno veteran Datuk Mazlan Harun told The Malaysian Insider in a report published yesterday that a former deputy home minister had told him of a report on the incident.
When contacted yesterday, Lim expressed surprise over Mazlan’s statement, saying that “it’s a complete figment of imagination because I was not anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.”
The Ipoh Timur MP has repeatedly denied these allegations.
Lim pressed for a “thorough investigation” to get to the “root of the matter”, saying that it should show “whether it’s true, whether there was such a police report, who is the (former) deputy home minister.”
“Let the police report be made public so the truth can be out,” he said, although he said he remains doubtful of the report’s existence.
He said a full probe was needed so “the lie is nailed once and for all”, instead of it being “used and recycled”.
But Lim stressed that investigations into the May 13 riots should not be made with the intention to “put the blame on anyone” but to “learn” from it.
“A full investigation will be helpful if the purpose is to move forward, rather than finger-pointing, and after all it’s 43 years already.”
“The whole thing is to move forward. We should not be haunted by the past, by the spectre of May 13.”
He agreed with Mazlan that May 13 be put to rest, but said it should not be “on the basis of spreading and concoction of lies.”
“There are people who are irresponsible and who want to… tell lies about May 13 to serve a certain political agenda,” he said, adding that such actions were “most deplorable and anti-national.”
Although he did not say who the “anti-national” ones were, he later said “the Umno leadership must take a stand to disassociate themselves” from Umno cybertroopers.
He said silence by Umno would mean that it was “condoning such irresponsible behaviour.”
Datuk Mazlan Harun, son of the Selangor Mentri Besar when the May 13 riots happened, says, “But I was informed by this (former) deputy minister that Kit Siang urinated (at the flagpole) and I believe Shuhaimi’s film is based on the police report, the Home Ministry report.”
Time to bury 1969 bloodbath, says Umno vet
Assistant News Editor
PETALING JAYA, Aug 20 — Umno veteran Datuk Mazlan Harun wants the public to lay to rest the ghost of a 1969 racial bloodbath amid the political hype surrounding local film “Tanda Putera” — a controversial narrrative of the country’s most tumultous period — that could threaten the country’s unity in the run-up to national polls due next year.
The son of the then Selangor mentri besar, Mazlan opened up to The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview last week over reports of an incident at his father’s home that several pro-Umno bloggers have levelled against DAP heavyweight Lim Kit Siang, as proof that the opposition figure had masterminded racial provocation leading to the May 13, 1969 riots in the national capital.
Lim’s political enemies have accused him of instigating the May 13 riots that took place 43 years ago, but some researchers have blamed the violence on an Umno-led procession that began at the then Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Harun Idris’ residence.
Mazlan said he had heard from a former deputy home minister of the alleged flagpole incident, but said he could not prove the truth of the statement.
“I don’t want to say whether it’s true or not but I was informed by a former deputy minister in the Home Ministry — his name doesn’t have to be mentioned — who read this report, this sensitive report that says Kit Siang urinated (at the flagpole), he read [sic].”
“If he lied, then I lie, that’s why many people are asking (that) all reports about May 13 be revealed,” he said.
Mazlan also said the former deputy minister had read a confidential police report in relation to the bloody May 13 tragedy.
“Kit Siang, I saw in (his) blog, he made a denial, he was not here, he was at Sabah,” said Mazlan, adding that “maybe the police mistaken identity (sic), I don’t know.”
“But I was informed by this (former) deputy minister that Kit Siang urinated (at the flagpole) and I believe Shuhaimi’s film is based on the police report, the Home Ministry report,” he added.
“Tanda Putera” director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba has said the 117-minute long film does not depict any prominent DAP leaders in a negative light as alleged.
“There have been allegations that the character of a prominent DAP leader has been featured in this film. We would like to reiterate that there is no such character in ‘Tanda Putera’,” Shuhaimi told a news conference last week.
Lim had previously strongly denied the allegations made in a photo posted on “Tanda Putera” movie’s Facebook page, where a caption said that he had urinated at the flagpole at the residence of the then Selangor Mentri Besar.
Mazlan called on the public to stop digging up the past events of May 13, saying that it was unfair to his father Harun Idris who had passed on.
|11:03AM Aug 17, 2012|
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has instructed his lawyers to initiate legal proceedings over defamation against him in the official Facebook page of the May 13 riots film Tanda Putera.
His decision comes as a response to the “outrageous” response from the film’s executive producer Aida Fitra Buyong in a news website today.
“Do the creators of the May 13 film expect me to keep silent while they concoct lies about the May 13, 1969 riots,” said Lim in a statement this afternoon.
Lim said the posting had defamed him by attributing his alleged act of urinating at the Selangor mentri besar’s residence as having provoked the infamous riots, adding “I was never in Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13, 1969″.
He also slammed Aida’s excuse for the Facebook fiasco that they had simply gleaned the photograph and caption from the Internet, as he was unaware that “such a caption which is based on a wild and reckless lie had ever been posted anywhere on cyberspace”.
“In view of the reckless accusation by Tanda Putera’s executive producer, compounding the earlier defamation against me on the film’s official Facebook page, I am instructing my lawyers to institute legal proceedings relating to the defamation,” he added.
Lim pointed out that the film’s creators have failed to explain why the DAP leader was featured in the film’s official Facebook page promoting the film.
In the said page, the caption also read, “The events and incidents listed here really took place in our nation’s history and is contained in the film Tanda Putera.”
“Shuhaimi’s explanation that the creators of the film had received many photographs from netizens that were shared on the film’s Facebook page, including the offending picture, and that it was removed from the Facebook page after complaints were received on it, is neither credible nor acceptable.
“This is because the defamatory and baseless allegation … was made by the Tanda Putera official Facebook page itself, and not a ‘shared information’ from netizens – conveying the very clear impression that it was abstracted from the film proper itself,” Lim added.
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’Tanda Putera’ film to hit cinemas on Nov 15, says Shuhaimi
Tanda Putera official trailer…the longer versions..1min 30 sec
“Tanda Putera” is a work of fiction, not history. And as a work of fiction, it is a divisive take on our collective history.
See it if you must, but best dumped in the rubbish bin of history for its political fiction.
Putting ‘Tanda Putera’ in its place — The Malaysian Insider
AUG 17 — Freedom of expression. That really is the right of all people. Be it the “Tanda Putera” movie producers or the public, the ones who will eventually watch the controversial film this November.
So, all Malaysians who feel that “Tanda Putera” is a) a political gimmick b) a potentially divisive movie funded by the government c) a skewed take on an event owned by all Malaysians should boycott the movie.
Just as the movie producers say that it is their right to make the movie, it is the right of every Malaysian to rebuff what they feel is politics masquerading as arts.
Yet, if there is anyone at fault, it must be those who financed the RM4.8 million movie, i.e. the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC).
One wonders if Finas and MDeC will finance other movies that have alternate takes on the May 13 riots.
After all, it is in the interest of freedom of expression and the right to make a movie.
But that is not likely to happen. Instead movies that promote the official narrative will be produced, ignoring historical facts and reality.
“Tanda Putera” is a work of fiction, not history. And as a work of fiction, it is a divisive take on our collective history.
See it if you must, but best dumped in the rubbish bin of history for its political fiction.
Film producer calls Kit Siang ‘defensive’ over May 13 picture
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — The producer of the controversial film “Tanda Putera” has defended the posting on its Facebook promotions page of a picture of Lim Kit Siang with a caption accusing him of urinating on a flagpole in the house of then Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Harun Idris in what some Umno blogs have claimed was what started the May 13, 1969 race riots.
The movie’s director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba was forced on Wednesday to deny reports that the re-telling of the riots in her film features a scene showing Lim desecrating the Malaysian flag.
Pesona Cinta Sdn Bhd, the producer of the movie, is now accusing Lim of being defensive over the publication of his photograph which had sparked widespread condemnation from the DAP parliamentary leader and his political colleagues.
Lim has repeatedly pointed out that he was only a young politician in 1969 and was not even in the federal capital during the riots.
But Umno blogs have gone on overdrive, and have been pushing the message to voters that it was Lim who had sparked the riots.
Earlier this year, an administrator of the “Tanda Putera” social network fan page had posted a photograph of Lim being “manhandled”, with a caption alleging it was taken after he urinated on the flagpole in the Selangor mentri besar’s residential compound in Kuala Lumpur before the May 13 riots.
The picture was removed last month after personal attacks and threats were allegedly made against the cast and crew of the film.
Lim said yesterday that he reserved the right to take legal action against such defamatory references featuring him in the “Tanda Putera” official Facebook page.
“Why is he so defensive?
“All those photographs were already widely available on the Internet,” said Aida Fitri Buyong, Pesona Cinta’s executive producer.
She told The Malaysian Insider yesterday that the pictures and captions published on the “Tanda Putera” Facebook fan page were submitted by netizens and were already widely available before being posted on the site.
“We went through those photos to research on the wardrobe, the scenery, the cars used and such just to make the scenes in the film authentic,” she said.
She added that Lim was free to make his own statements while the production team stood by theirs.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang is unhappy with the Tanda Putera film director’s refusal to apologise, as the latter has failed to explain satisfactorily why Lim was slandered in the film’s official Facebook page.
“I am supposed to be assured by the clarification of the director of the May 13 film, Tanda Putera, Shuhaimi Baba that I am not even featured in the footage of the film, but I am not.
“… It is most deplorable and reprehensible that Shuhaimi had taken almost four long weeks since the first publication by Malaysiakini of its report,” said Lim in a statement last night.
He was responding to Shuhaimi’s statement this week that the creators of the film will not apologise to Lim as the latter is not featured in the film.
He pointed out that the film creators have failed to explain why the DAP leader was featured in the film’s official Facebook page promoting the film, where he had been said to have urinated on a flag pole outside then Selangor MB Harun Idris’ house.
Why am I featured in Tanda Putera’s official FB urinating on flag pole? – Kit Siang
I am supposed to be assured by the clarification of the director of the May 13 film, Tanda Putera, Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Babathat I am not even featured in the footage of the film, but I am not.
This is because Shuhaimi has failed to give a satisfactory explanation why I had been featured and defamed in Tanda Putera’s original official Facebook page as having urinated at the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the residence of the then Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Harun Idris and provoking the May 13, 1969 riots.
The caption of a photo portraying me being manhandled, which were later taken down, read: “Lim Kit Siang telah kencing di bawah tiang bendera Selangor yang terpacak di rumah menteri besar Selangor ketika itu, Harun Idris” . The photo and caption 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 from the Facebook page after complaints were received about the photo, is neither credible nor acceptable.
This is because the defamatory and baseless allegation that I had urinated at the flagpole at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s residence, and provoked the May 13, 1969 riots, was made by Tanda Putera official Facebook page itself, and not a “shared information” from netizens – conveying the very clear impression that it was abstracted from the film proper itself.
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.
It is most deplorable and reprehensible that Shuhaimi had taken almost four long weeks since the first publication by Malaysiakini of its report “New May 13 movie courts controversy” on 20th July 2012, to state that I am not even featured in the footage of the film – allowing the legion of UMNO/BN cybertroopers to escalate their campaign of downright lies and dangerous falsehoods based on the movie’s alleged “urination” episode to accuse me of provoking the May 13, 1969 riots although I had repeatedly explained that I was not in Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13, 1969.
I was in Sabah on July 20 on a three-day visit with DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng when the report on the May 13 film came out.
On the very same night at the DAP Inaman Sepanggar ceramah, I referred to the Malaysiakini report on the May 13 film and denied in the strongest possible terms:
> That I had “urinated at the foot of the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the then Selangor MB’s Harun Idris’ house” as claimed by the movie’s earlier Facebook page;
> That I had provoked the May 13 riots as I 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!
Yesterday, Shuhaimi said much research had gone into ensuring her film was historically accurate, such as studying documented materials and photographs to make sure the scenes were backed by historical facts. She referred to the NOC report and interviews with former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar.
Did the White Paper issued by the National Operations Council (NOC) on 9th October 1969 or the book by Tunku Abdul Rahman “May 13 – Before and After” or interviews with Hanif, who was the Special Branch officer attached to the NOC, or Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was then the secretary of NOC, produce any information on my urination at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house or any such urination incident by anyone for that matter?
I have not seen the film “Tanda Putera” but from the trailer, legitimate questions are raised as to whether the film can lay claim to being “historically accurate” with reference to the May 13 riots.
For instance, there was a scene of a procession of participants carrying posters bearing Mao Tse Tung’s picture. Is this historically accurate when in 1969 it was an offence even possessing Mao’s books, let alone carrying Mao’s photograph poster?
Shuhaimi said that the controversial May 13 riot scene only lasts about 10 minutes of the 115-minute film, but she should know that any unfair and tendentious portrayal of the May 13 riots in these 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.
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?
Lim Kit Siang is the DAP adviser & MP for Ipoh Timur
|4:21PM Jul 20, 2012|
One apparent scene was that of DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang purportedly urinating on a flagpole in front of the then-Selangor menteri besar’s residence.
“Lim Kit Siang telah kencing di bawah tiang bendera Selangor yang terpacak di rumah menteri besar Selangor ketika itu, Harun Idris, (Lim Kit Siang had urinated at the foot of the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the then Selangor MB’s Harun Idris’ house)” read the caption of a photo of the actor portraying Lim being manhandled.
The photo was posted in the album titled ‘Peristiwa-peristiwa yang dimuatkan di dalam filem ini’ (Events depicted in this movie).
However, the photo and caption has since been removed from the movie’s official page, though Malaysiakini had captured a screenshot of the earlier posting.
Pakatan Rakyat will not pay a single sen for a pre-screening session of the film Tanda Putera, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar reiterated today.
“Of course not! We have already seen public funds being used to produce this film that propagates the BN,” the Lembai Pantai MP told Malaysiakini.
The film’s executive producer Aida Fitri Buyong said yesterday she would not mind providing private screenings of the movie to interested viewers, but they would have to provide the funding for it.
The film’s director, Shuhaimi Baba, also indicated that certain political parties were contacting them for screenings to evaluate the movie.
However, Shuhaimi said, she rejected this, adding that sneak previews would only be offered to focus groups, the media, investors and marketers.
Sneak previews ” are costly” and the film makers are unable to accommodate these requests.
Nurul Izzah also dismissed Shuhaimi’s statement that the May 13 riot scene in the film lasts just 10 minutes and that it only served as a backdrop for deputy prime minister Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman to come out of retirement and rejoin the cabinet.
“She can say whatever she wants. To me, whatever is in the film will stay there forever,” Nurul Izzah said.
Pakatan on Aug 7 sought a sneak preview of Tanda Putera, out of concern that the film may contain contentious elements.
Kit Siang: I was defamed 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.”
A government-backed film touching on one of the most sensitive episodes in Malaysian history has sparked fears it could stir racial tensions in the multi-ethnic nation as an election showdown looms.
Before even being released Tanda Putera (“Mark of Princes”) has become a target of critics who say a film depicting race riots four decades ago that still haunt the country was irresponsible — charges rejected by its director.
Several weeks of rioting broke out on May 13, 1969 between majority Malays and ethnic Chinese after an election setback for the Malay-dominated ruling alliance. Officially, 196 died, but many put the toll much higher.
The riots, popularly known by the date May 13, had a far-reaching impact.
It accelerated moves by the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to enshrine privileges for Malays that are resented by other groups, and a post-riot crackdown set the course for decades of authoritarian rule.
Even today, UMNO frequently evokes May 13 to warn against threatening the political status quo, which the multi-ethnic opposition calls racial fear-mongering.
But in a sign of May 13′s sensitivity, the Facebook site has been flooded with criticism by users who haven’t even seen the film.
“I’m sorry but this movie is really instigating racism. How can the government approve something like this?” one comment said.
Some critics took exception to scenes of apparently provocative actions by the Chinese community shown in the film’s trailer on YouTube, which earned 4,130 “dislikes” as of Wednesday against just 436 “likes”.
A separate Facebook page has called for a boycott.
The official government view is that communists incited racial tensions, which the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP) further inflamed with a victory march through the capital Kuala Lumpur after May 10 polls.
Opponents of that interpretation, however, say a Malay elite led by then- deputy premier Abdul Razak Hussein orchestrated the unrest as a pretext to cement Malay control. Abdul Razak became prime minister in the aftermath.
A person involved in making the film told AFP it was “government propaganda” and includes beheadings by communists played by ethnic Chinese actors, and Chinese shouting “all Malays go and die.”
“It only shows one side of what happened,” the source said on condition of anonymity.
Half of the movie’s RM4.5 million ($1.5 million) budget was supplied by the government-run National Film Development Corporation (Finas).
Malaysia is bracing for tough elections that Prime Minister Najib Razak — Abdul Razak’s son — must call next year amid bitter divisions between the Malay ruling party and an opposition seeking to capitalise on growing public calls for change.
Abdul Razak is a key figure in the film, fueling online accusations it was meant to boost Najib ahead of the polls by glorifying his bloodline.
Others expressed fears the film would stir hatred by demonising Chinese and the opposition. The DAP is part of the opposition alliance.
May 13 is often evoked by UMNO to justify pro-Malay policies it insists are needed to placate Malays fearful of economic dominance by the Chinese minority.
| Cinema Online
…your movie partner
Wednesday 15 August 2012
Tanda Putera (Malay)
A historical film based on true events in Malaysia. It recounts the close friendship between the second Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak and his second-in-command, Tun Dr Ismail who are forced to put their personal issues aside and concentrate on restoring the country after the tragedy of 13 May 1969. Tun Razak, who is suffering from leukaemia, hides his illness from his family because he did not want them to be burdened, as well as for the sake of the country. He shares a doctor with Tun Dr Ismail, and the two are treated in the latter’s study room by Dr Macpherson in secret. Despite knowing that he will die within two years, Tun Razak is thankful for Tun Dr Ismail, his most trusted, who promised to continue his legacy of rebuilding the country after his death as well as look after his family. But when an unexpected incident strikes that also causes his health to take a turn for the worse, Tun Razak is forced into a race against time to carry out his plans…
Genre: Action / Drama / Suspense
General Release Date: 13 Sep 2012
Distributor: Alternate Pictures Sdn Bhd
Cast: Rusdi Ramli, Zizan Nin, Faezah Elai, Linda Hashim
Director: Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba
| Cinema Online
…your movie partner
Wednesday 15 August 2012
by Elaine Ewe
Watch this if you liked: “1957: Hati Malaya”
Perhaps it is due to the reviewer’s lack of familiarity with locally-made films, but she is pretty sure that good films, or at least, a 3-star rated one, do not look anything like “Tanda Putera”. Billed as one of Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba’s best, “Tanda Putera” is a feature film foray into Malaysia’s very own history, namely the 13 May 1969 Tragedy………
The first thing that audiences should know is that “Tanda Putera” is marketed as an educational film, with extensive research done in order for the characters and events depicted in the film to be close to the truth……..What could have been an excellent cinema verite-styled film ended up being a convoluted mess, with various scenes of momentous occasions such as the initial sparks of the racial wars, Tun Razak’s rise to power as the second Prime Minister and the creation of Malaysian Airlines System, mashed unevenly together within the 2-hour running time…….For everyone else, who perhaps are dragged into watching this, this film holds little else other than the half-baked computer-generated imagery and scripting.
The term ‘half-baked’ is used to describe “Tanda Putera” because it tries to do everything yet throws in the towel before it does. For example, there are numerous scenes in the film that depicts the violence done by the locals and communists, but these scenes are spattered with numerous cuts that are done not so tastefully that in the end it ends up being implied violence. Coupled with the erratic pacing of the narrative, the violence seems even more senseless and ‘out of nowhere’.
In conclusion, there are incredible performances from the cast all round, particularly Rusdi Ramli as Tun Razak and Zizan Nin as his best friend and aide, Tun Dr Ismail, but the subject matter that “Tanda Putera” eschews is ultimately, a tad too sensitive to make for effective film material.
Cinema Online, 19 July 2012
www.cinema.com.my/…search=2012.8148.tandaputera.15203 – Cached
The film Tanda Putera was not made to ‘apple-polish’ current Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, says its director Shuhaimi Baba.
She told reporters that the movie was instead about the friendship between the second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, who is also Najib’s father, and his deputy Ismail Abdul Rahman.
“Razak was the prime minister and Ismail was his deputy. Why would I talk about someone who was not there? You have to accept that fact.
“It is not about apple-polishing. I think we have bigger apples to polish if we wanted to but we didn’t,” Shuhaimi (left) explained at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
A short clip from the film was also shown to members of the press, about 60 of whom crowded a conference room in the Eastin Hotel.
The clip, about five minute long, depicted Razak being told by his doctors that his leukaemia was terminal, and he would not have long to live.
Razak then told his deputy to hide this fact from his family and the nation, out of fear that news of his ill health would destabilise the country, then still recovering from the trauma of the May 13 riots.
A visibly distraught Ismail promised to comply, and to look after Razak’s family should he pass away.
When asked whether the release of the film is timed to coincide with the next general election, Shuhaimi denied this.
There will be no apology to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang from the creators of the film Tanda Putera as he is not even featured in the footage, film director Shuhaimi Baba says.
“We didn’t say he is there, we didn’t say it has anything to do with him. He is not in the film. Full stop,” Shuhaimi told a press conference today.
A row erupted after a picture of Lim being carried away was posted on the film’s Facebook page, with the caption alleging that he had urinated on a flagpole flying the Selangor flag during the May 13, 1969, riots.
Lim has denied the allegation, saying that he was in Sabah during the riots.
Shuhaimi said the creators of the film had received many photographs from netizens which were shared on the Facebook page, including the offending picture.
After complaints were received about the photo, it was removed from the Facebook page, she explained.
Shuhaimi also noted that the picture with Lim in it was not even taken during the era depicted in the film.
The film, she said, was about the friendship between Malaysia’s second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
The controversial May 13 riot scene only lasts about 10 minutes of the 115-minute film, and merely serves as the backdrop for Ismail to come out of retirement and rejoin the cabinet, she said.
‘Tanda Putera’ not Malay propaganda, doesn’t feature Kit Siang, says director
PETALING JAYA, Aug 15 — Filmmaker Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba denied today that her latest movie “Tanda Putera” was promoting a pro-Malay agenda or featured a character based on DAP lawmaker Lim Kit Siang in a negative light in scenes depicting the May 13, 1969 race riots, as suggested by some Umno blogs to the chagrin of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders.
The award-winning director’s controversial retelling of the administrations of Malaysia’s first two prime ministers amid the bloody May 13, 1969 race riots has been heavily criticised by some PR politicians for its allegedly historically inaccurate depictions.
“This is not a movie to raise dissent. It is one to bring people together. It is just a movie about two great men. If they are from Umno, that’s just history. If they are also Malay, it is also our history.
“We are filmmakers, not an organ to produce propaganda,” Shuhaimi said in a news conference today.
Several film critics have accused the RM4.8 million movie — fully funded by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) and the Multimedia Development Corporation (Mdec) — of demonising early leftist movements and of being more about hero worship than a proper tribute to the country’s second prime minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who was also father to the current PM, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The trailer for the movie is reported to show scenes of Chinese groups marching through the streets of Kuala Lumpur after the success of the opposition parties in municipal elections carrying the Labour Party flag and other banners bearing anti-Malay slogans.
The banners written in Chinese characters depicted slogans that translated into “Malays go back to the village”, “Malays go die” and “Take revenge”.
There also have been unverified reports that the film also shows Lim, the DAP parliamentary leader, desecrating a Malaysian flag — which the filmmaker has denied.
“There have been allegations that the character of a prominent DAP leader has been featured in this film. We would like to reiterate that there is no such character in ‘Tanda Putera.’
“Those pictures were sent and shared by people and are widely available online. But that scene is not in the movie,” Shuhaimi said.
“Since the release of the film’s 90-second trailer, many baffling, false and baseless accusations have been made about the film on the internet by those who have obviously not seen the film and are not the usual patrons of local films,” she added.
Trying to demonize Lim Kit Siang. FAIL!
This photograph of Lim Kit Siang being manhandled by the authorities – featured in the Tanda Putera official Facebook as one of the May 13, 1969 photographs of real-life events – can in reality be dated to a 1984 incident in Kota Kinabalu.