Film on 1969 riots courts controversy – AFP
Making the film after the race riots four decades ago is irresponsible, say critics.
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 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.
Tanda Putera is the first feature film about an episode whose actual cause remains under debate, but its director Shuhaimi Baba defended the film.
“What is so controversial about it? Other countries have films about their own history without going to the dogs,” she told AFP, saying critics should hold fire until seeing it.
Malay-language press reviews have praised the quality of the movie since a media-only screening July 18, and its backers say it focuses less on the riots than on relationships between top Malaysian leaders who dealt with it.
Many comments on the film’s Facebook site called for Malaysians to have an open mind about the picture. AFP has not seen the film.
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 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.
Finas had pushed back a Sept 13 release to year-end, saying more time was need to promote the picture, but its head, Naguib Razak (no relation to the prime minister), insisted the film would go ahead.
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.
Veteran Malaysian activist Kua Kia Soong, who wrote a 2007 book challenging the official verdict on May 13, said he had not seen the film but that Umno typically stirs Malay fears when it faces a tight election.
“It unleashes another propaganda film or video or advert to frighten the people and to try to rally the Malay voters,” he said.
Tanda Putera’ mampu cetus rusuhan kaum
Filem ini menempah kontroversi kerana ia menyentuh isu yang sangat sensitif dan berbaur perkauman kerana memfokuskan kepada tragedi berdarah 13 Mei 1969.
Filem ini menempah kontroversi kerana ia menyentuh isu yang sangat sensitif dan berbaur perkauman kerana memfokuskan kepada tragedi rusuhan kaum 13 Mei 1969, satu peristiwa yang berlaku empat dekad yang lampau.
Peristiwa 13 Mei adalah tragedi berdarah yang tercetus di antara orang-orang Melayu dengan orang-orang Cina dan kini tercatat sebagai titik hitam dalam lipatan sejarah tanah air.
Dalam peristiwa itu seramai 196 orang dilaporkan terbunuh walaupun angka sebenar mungkin lebih dari jumlah itu.
Separuh dari bajet sebanyak RM4.5 juta filem arahan Shuhaimi Baba ini dibiayai oleh agensi kerajaan, Perbadanan Pembangunan Filem National (Finas).
Pengkritik menyoal kenapa filem ini diterbitkan di ambang negara sedang menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke 13 yang dijangka diadakan pada penghujung tahun ini atau selewat-lewatnya April 2013.
Motif filem ini tidak lain dan tidak bukan merupakan satu lagi dakyah pemerintah Barisan Nasional yang diterajui Umno untuk meraih kembali sokongan orang-orang Melayu yang semakin hari semakin terhakis.
Sebagai satu alat propaganda yang murah untuk menakut-nakutkan orang-orang Melayu dan bagi menimbulkan kemarahan orang-orang Melayu terhadap orang-orang Cina dan etnik-etnik yang lain.
Mesej Umno mudah: “Undilah Umno jika kita mahu hak istimewa, nasib masa depan dan kuasa politik terus kekal di tangan orang-orang Melayu.”
Jika orang-orang Melayu tidak bersatu di bawah ‘payung’ Umno maka orang-orang Cina akan mengambil alih pemerintahan negara ini.
Kuasa politik orang Melayu akan hilang, terpinggir dan orang-orang Melayu akan hidup merempat di tanah air sendiri.
Maka dicipta cerita bahawa jika orang-orang Melayu berpecah, parti DAP yang didominasi oleh orang-orang Cina akan mengambil alih pemerintahan di negara ini.
DAP dituduh telah diresapi oleh komunis dan parti PAS pula dituduh telah diresapi pengaruh Jemaah Islamiah (JI) yang membawa unsur keganasan.
Suasana kebimbangan ini turut disuarakan oleh Perdana Menteri apabila beliau menasihati orang-orang Cina supaya memilih parti yang dapat menjamin keamanan dan kestabilan politik di negara ini, jika mereka mahu terus berkembang maju dalam perniagaan.
Keadaan ini diburukkan lagi oleh media-media pro Umno yang terus menyemarakkan api perkauman dan mencipta suasana kebimbangan di kalangan rakyat, terutama di kalangan orang-orang Melayu.
Namun rakyat di negara ini tidak semudah itu termakan dengan dakyah Umno yang jahat dan bahaya ini. Pengundi terutama golongan muda yang celik IT dan media baru mula sedar.
Generasi baru tidak lagi memikirkan diri mereka berasal dari etnik atau keturunan tertentu. Sentimen perkauman tidak lagi dapat mempengaruhi pemikiran mereka.
Seperti rakyat di negara-negara lain, contohnya di Afrika Utara dan Timor Tengah, mereka bersatu atas nama kebebasan, keadilan, kesamarataan dan menolak penindasan, kezaliman, penyelewengan, rasuah dan salah guna kuasa pihak pemerintah.
Hakikat inilah yang dibimbangi oleh Umno dan momentum untuk menuntut perubahan semakin kuat dan tidak dapat dibendung lagi oleh parti Umno yang lapuk itu.
Tidak pernah dalam sejarah, Umno begitu takut untuk menghadapi para pengundi. Ketakutan mereka mempunyai asasnya berdasarkan prestasi pilihan raya umum 2008.
Buat pertama kali mereka hilang dua pertiga majoriti di parlimen selain dari lima negeri – Kelantan, Kedah, Pulau Pinang, Perak dan Selangor – jatuh ke tangan Pakatan Rakyat, walaupun Perak berjaya dirampas kembali.
Tetapi Umno tidak akan berhenti dari terus memainkan isu-isu sensitif seperti menerbit filem ‘Tanda Putera’ ini, termasuk filem dan video lucah dan porno bagi menyambung tali hayat politik mereka yang tinggal ‘nyawa-nyawa ikan’.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Tanda Putera’s “urination” episode – downright lie and dangerous falsehood
Tanda Putera’s “urination” episode – downright lie and dangerous falsehood
–Lim Kit Siang
Aug 4, 2012
Despite his 1Malaysia signature slogan, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is continuing to allow his UMNO/Barisan Nasional election campaign machineries to disseminate downright lies and dangerous falsehoods calculated to incite racial hatred and undermine national unity with the approach of the 55th National Day and 49th Malaysia Day celebrations.
One of these “downright lies and dangerous falsehoods” flooding the UMNO/BN social media and exploited by the 10,000 UMNO/BN cybertroopers is that I had caused the May 13 riots in 1969 through shouting the most racist slogans in the streets of Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13, 1969.
Despite my firm denial of these wild and reckless allegations in my speech in Parliament on March 22, 2012, declaring that I was never in Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13, 1969, these “downright lies and dangerous falsehoods” have continued to make their rounds in leaps and bounds in the cyberspace.
On 20th July 2012, Malaysiakini carried the following report “New May 13 movie courts controversy”:
New May 13 movie courts controversy
Tanda Putera, the latest offering from local director Shuhaimi Baba, has received flak over what some say is a skewed re-telling of what happened during the 1969 race riots.
A few film critics have accused the RM4.8 million movie of demonising early leftist movements and more hero-worship than tribute to former premier Abdul Razak Hussein, who is Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s father.
The trailer for the movie – fully funded by the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) and the Multimedia Development Corporation (Mdec) – showed scenes of Chinese mobs marching through the streets of Kuala Lumpur after the success of the opposition parties in municipal elections.
One group was depicted bearing the Labour Party flag, while that scene and others also showed Chinese Malaysians bearing banners proclaiming 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’.
Garnering more serious brickbats are snippets from the movie’s official Facebook page which detailed scenes apparently slated to be included in the final cut of the movie.
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.
Those in the industry who have watched the movie in a special preview on Wednesday to focus groups also said that no urinating scene was included in the preview cut.
There was also no mention of the scene in the movie’s script, a copy of which was obtained by Malaysiakini.
Lim had vehemently denied that the DAP was involved in instigating the race riots of 1969, and had said that he was not in Kuala Lumpur on May 13 when the initial violence took place.
Director: Better for people to watch it first
When contacted, Tanda Putera’s director refused comment on the matter, arguing that the movie should be screened to the public first before it can be reviewed.
“I am loath to answer that question as people have not watched the film yet. It is better for them to have watched it first,” said Shuhaimi.
Scheduled for release two months from now on Sept 13, Finas has however had put off the release of the movie until a later date, yet to be announced.
While earlier it was reported that the postponement was because of the impending general election, Finas later clarified that it was because they wanted to prolong promotional activities.
Some netizens has also attacked the movie’s storyline for apparently being an attempt at brown-nosing to the powers-that-be and a propaganda piece to drum up support for the ruling coalition.
The movie has been screened to focus groups since last week, gaining brickbats from some and praise from others such as Umno-linked blogger Papagomo, who posted a glowing review of the movie after watching it with fellow bloggers.
“We who have watched the movie shed tears several times and truly I feel that the film shall touch the hearts of not only the Malays about May 13, but also all races in Malaysia,” wrote the blogger in a posting.
Shuhaimi told the media that the movie focused on what she claimed is a special relationship between Razak and his then deputy Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, both aristocrats who sacrificed a lot to work together to save Malaysia from radicals and communists.
Hence, she said, that was the message behind the title of the movie, Tanda Putera, or signs of the greatness of princes or the legacy of princes.
Speaking to the media, Shuhaimi has defended her depiction of the scenes as being from the official version of history and from interviews with personalities who were present then.
I was in Sabah on July 20 on a three-day visit with DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng. 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 earlier claimed by the movie earlier Facebook page, and sparking 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 in1984!
In the past fortnight, the legion of UMNO/BN cybertroopers have escalated their campaign of downright lies and dangerous falsehoods based on the movie’s “urination” episode to incite racial hatred and undermine national unity – completely oblivious that this is the month when all Malaysians should make a special effort to come together as Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region to emphasise and underline their common identity as Malaysians.
The spokepersons of the movie have said that the film was based on a lot of research, such as studying documented materials and photographs, to make sure the scenes were backed by historical facts.
Where were the documented materials and photographs that I had urinated “at the foot of the flagpole…at the Selangor MB Harun Idris’ house” on May 11, 12 or 13, 1969 when I was never in Kuala Lumpur? For that matter, where are the documented materials or photographs to show that there was such an incident and that it was not a mere figment of the imagination?
The White Paper issued by the National Operations Council in 9th October 1969 entitled “The May 13 Tragedy” made no reference to any such urination incident.
If the movie Tanda Putraja gives a biased and unbalanced account of the May 13 tragedy in 1969, it will be the cause of grave national misunderstanding and discord on the occasion of the 55th National Day/49th Malaysia Day, making a total mockery of the 1Malaysia objective to build a united Malaysian nation!
Malaysians should do a Sherlock Holmes to find out the “who, when and what“ about the origin of the canard of “urination” at the flagpole of the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house provoking May 13 riots in 1969
Yesterday, I categorically denied the preposterous claim which had appeared previously on the official Facebook page of the May 13 movie, Tanda Putra, that I had urinated on the flagpole in front of the then Selangor Mentri Besar’s residence during the May 13 riots in 1969.
The facebook had carried a photo portraying me being manhandled, with the caption:
“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)”
The photo was posted in the album in the Facebook titled ‘Peristiwa-peristiwa yang dimuatkan di dalam filem ini’ (Events depicted in this movie).
Although the photo and caption have since been removed from the movie’s official page, Malaysiakini had captured a screenshot of the earlier posting.
I noted two very pertinent postings from the 69 comments since Malaysiakini reported my denial, viz:
RealSoldier witness513 its simply absurd to accuse LKS performing such despicable act because the flagpole is not freely accessable to the public as it is located within the compound of the MB’s house which is fenced and manned by a jaga. BY accident I was at the MB’s on that fateful day from 3.00am to 5.30am on 514 following rescue operations by the security forces.
FREE The picture of LKS being grabbed and manhandled by officers was taken at the Kota Kinabalu old airport terminal. Those officers in white-shirt uniforms were immigration officers when Harris Salleh ordered the deportation of LKS from Sabah. This writer was inside a plane and saw from the window LKS being put put in a wheelchair and wheeled to the plane for deportation back to KL.
What RealSoldier posted made eminent sense, as in 1969 I never knew where was the official residence of the Selangor Mentri Besar, let alone that it has a flagpole “located within the compound of the MB’s house which is fenced and manned by a jaga”.
This posting exposes the downright lie and dangerous falsehood that I or anyone could have urinated at the foot of the flagpole at the then Selangor Mentri Besar’s house – when it was within a confined and guarded compound.
The second posting is an eye-witness account of the origin of the photograph shown on the Tanda Putra official facebook.
The photograph was not taken in 1969 but 15 years later at the Kota Kinabalu Airport old terminal on August 26, 1984.
I had flown into Kota Kinabalu that morning en route to Sandakan in response to a challenge by the then Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Harris Salleh to repeat my speech in Parliament on July 23, 1984 outside Parliament without the benefit of parliamentary privilege on Harris’ abuses of powers as Sabah Chief Minister in particular with regard to Labuan being carved out of Sabah and made a Federal Territory.
I had challenged Harris to name the place and date for me to repeat my parliamentary speech, and when Harris named the Dewan Masyarakat Sandakan on August 26 at 10 am, I immediately accepted them and flew into Kota Kinabalu with the then DAP Deputy National Chairman and MP for Jelutong Karpal Singh enroute to Sandakan for the occasion.
But at the Kota Kinabalu Airport, I was denied entry on the directive of the Sabah Chief Minister who had challenged me to repeat my parliamentary speech against him in Sandakan later the same morning!
I was told to take the same flight out to return to Kuala Lumpur. In the two-and-a-half-hour standoff with the immigration authorities, I made it very clear that denying me entry into Sabah was a gross abuse of Sabah immigration autonomy powers and I was not prepared to leave my own country on my own free. I told them that they will have to bodily carry up the plane. Finally, they put me in a wheelchair and bodily carried up the flight steps to the waiting plane.
That was the 1984 Kota Kinabalu photograph which Tanda Putra official facebook had used as one of the May 13, 1969 photographs!
The two postings are the real stuff of people’s history, unalloyed and unadulterated by lies and falsehoods.
Let us have more real people’s history on what actually happened.
“RealSolder” has debunked not only the lie that I had urinated at the flagpole of the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house, but that anyone else could have done it as the flagpole is within the confined and guarded compound of the Mentri Besar’s house.
But how did the canard of the “urination” at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house, provoking the May 13 riots, originate?
Since the Tanda Putra official facebook entry, I had asked around whether anyone had ever heard of any “urination” incident at the flagpole of the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house provoking May 13 riots, and nobody has ever heard of it before.
Neither the White Paper issued by the National Operations Council on 9th October 1969 entitled “The May 13 Tragedy” nor Tunku Abdul Rahman’s book “May 13 – Before & After” made any reference to any such urination incident at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s residence.
This has become the Urine-Gate or Pee-Gate of Malaysia.
Malaysians should do a Sherlock Holmes to find out the “who, when and what“ about the origin the canard of “urination” at the flagpole of the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house provoking May 13 riots in 1969 – for if there is no truth whatsoever, it should put to rest once and for all.
When did anyone first heard of such a canard? Or is it a very recent vintage – just for Tanda Putra?
It is indeed sad and tragic when all efforts should be made on the occasion of the approaching 55th Merdeka Day/49th Malaysia Day to emphasise the unity in diversity of the Malaysian nation, there seems to be anti-national elements out to create racial distrust and dissension and undermine national harmony by spreading the most vicious lies and falsehoods about the history of the nation.
If the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia slogan and policy is to have any meaning at all, I call on all Malaysians to prove that they are Malaysians in heart and soul on the occasion of the 55th Merdeka Day/49th Malaysia Day!
May 13 film part of ‘scare the Malays’ campaign
|8:13AM Aug 6, 2012|
FREE YOURSAY ‘The campaign has now recruited the likes of filmmaker Shuhaimi Baba with her blatant lies on celluloid to demonise DAP.’
RealSoldier: It’s simply absurd to accuse LKS (DAP leader Lim Kit Siang) of performing such a despicable act because the flagpole was not freely accessible to the public as it was located within the compound of the MB’s (then Selangor menteri besar Harun Idris’) house, which was fenced and manned by a jaga(security guard).
By accident, I was at the MB’s house on that fateful day – from 3am to 5.30am the next day – to follow rescue operations by the security forces.
FREE: The picture of LKS being grabbed and manhandled by officers was taken at the Kota Kinabalu old airport terminal.
Those officers in white-shirt uniform were immigration officers when (then Sabah CM) Harris Salleh ordered the deportation of LKS from Sabah.
I was inside a plane and saw from the window that LKS was put on a wheelchair and wheeled to the plane for deportation back to Kuala Lumpur.
Abasir: Umno’s plan is to raise the ‘spectre’ of a Chinese DAP to scare uninformed, rent-seeking Malays. This has been the case ever since it realised that the Malay vote is split and that all calls for so-called ‘Malay unity’ has fallen on deaf years.
The ‘scare the Malays’ campaign has now recruited the likes of filmmaker Shuhaimi Baba with her blatant lies on celluloid to demonise not just Lim Kit Siang, but the image of DAP as a responsible and disciplined party.
The film will probably be released just before polling day in theatres in Malay-majority areas. It is obvious that prostitution in Malaysia is not restricted to the media types alone.
Watcher: It’s so sad that the once ‘mighty BN’ has to stoop so low in producing such a movie which doesn’t promote unity.
Obviously the BN government is using crooked ways to stay in power. Let’s wait and see what the rakyat will do in GE13. If BN stays in power, then we deserve the government we get.
Anonymous #62163581: Kit Siang, seek them out and sue them. Why are these racists allowed to post their lies?
Still, let them shoot themselves in the foot again. The rakyat should boycott the film for the lies are already made evident.
Be-End: Another smear campaign by PM Najib Razak. Do you trust what they said?
Bob Teoh: To get to the bottom of the matter, the government must declassify documents pertaining to May 13 under the Official Secrets Act for public access.
The Special Branch should also declassify its secret documentation of the TPCA Stadium rally in 1987 by Umno Youth led by its then chief, Najib. This will prove once and for all whether Najib did utter those seditious words of racial vilification. It will also show Umno Youth members were drunk with their hatred for Chinese.
I was witness to this as I was there in the stadium until I was forced to leave as the mob was turning highly hostile. Some Special Branch officers there told me and other non-Malay journalists to leave the stadium as they could not guarantee our safety.
They then offered to escort us out of the stadium. This was the same mass hysteria whipped up by Umno that sparked off May 13. Umno is no stranger to hooliganism to achieve its cause.
Longyan Ren: I lived through the May 13 period. This is just mind-boggling – if indeed LKS did the act, why had no one ever seen, mentioned or heard about it during the intervening 46 years until now?
Umno-BN is digging its own grave. You are going to face a horrendous backlash from the electorate, and you will regret playing such a stupid and inflammatory game.
Fair Play: LKS, look at the bright side. With such idiotic antic on their part, how can you lose in GE13. Why bother to respond to their allegations. If they have concrete ‘evidence’, they would have ‘destroyed’ you a long time ago. Why now?
Tekee: Ask any old timers who was in Kuala Lumpur at that time and lived through it all and it’s doubtful if they have even heard of such a blatant lie.
So much for “research” when Kua Kia Soong’s book gave a pretty good account of events. In fact, some people who were there can attest that some of the most raucous celebrants rode on Gerakan campaign pick-up/small lorries.
Bluemountains: What has MCA and Gerakan got to say about LKS urinating under the flagpole? By keeping quiet, they may be construed as being in agreement with the devil.
All elderly Chinese know exactly how and who started May 13 near the then MB’s residence.
Ferdtan: To pre-empt the showing of the movie by the Malaysian version of Joseph Goebbels, Lim Kit Siang should sue or get a court injunction against the director Shuhaimi Baba and National Film Development Board (Finas).
Also to all those actors and actresses, especially the Chinese, who acted in the film – shame on you. Don’t tell us you don’t know what the film is about? The inflammable banners that you carry in the film tell you the story.
Odin: A repeat of the 13 May riot is precisely what Umno Baru wants, so that it can declare a state of emergency like Abdul Razak did in 1969 to remain in power.
We can see that from Najib’s refusal to state whether the BN would cede power peacefully should it lose in the GE13, Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent frequent mention of the incident, and the fact that this film was fully funded by Finas and MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation).
Naturally, DAP is portrayed in the film as the culprit. It is senseless to expect Najib to do anything but allow the film to be screened; he wants it.
It is also futile to expect him to rein in their cyber maggots; he, through Information Minister Rais Yatim, have set the maggots loose on the Net.
Lim Chong Leong: Like father, like son. This is the only way they know – rampas kuasa through May 13, and now May 13 II, by spreading lies and creating anger against non-Malays.
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May 13 film is a ‘downright lie’
|10:55AM Aug 7, 2012|
VOXPOP ‘It’s clear that they made the movie as a propaganda piece – another elegant form of good old slander. They never bother about the truth.’
Podeh: The film ‘Tanda Putra’ is made mainly for propaganda purposes and the Urine-gate episode was intentionally slipped in to work up the feelings of the naive and the kampong folk.
They however miscalculated – it is easy to prove that such an incident never occurred. We all await the screening of the film with bated breath.
Lamborghini: This is a deliberate attempt to smear DAP leader Lim Kit Siang and to incite hatred towards non-Malays.
At a time when genuine efforts should be made to get all Malaysians to be more united in the month of Merdeka/Malaysia day celebrations, there are treacherous elements among us trying to create tension and incite hatred.
This is most despicable and cowardly. Those who are responsible for such lies, remember that you will eventually be exposed and you shall reap the destruction from the seeds you of hatred you are trying to sow.
Bender: Don’t bother, Uncle Lim. It’s clear that they made the movie as a propaganda piece – another elegant form of good old slander. They never bother about the truth.
They’ll do anything to get people to give them a vote. Pakatan Rakyat has managed to make huge inroads into the hearts of Malaysians. Many Malaysians with even a speck of intelligence would know how to tell the difference between truths and lies.
I wouldn’t be bothered by this incident. Being a Malay myself, I’m convinced that Malays with the right sense of reason can see the truth in this.
If I were you, I’d be more worried about the election rigging and Bersih’s demands which have yet to see any good progress so far. Local support is all for Pakatan but without clean and fair elections, Umno-BN could still win.
Odin: Seven years ago, I researched on the infamous May 13 riot for a special project. I have not ever, ever come across any mention of Lim urinating at a flagpole.
The incorporation of this fictitious act in a film supposed to portray what has actually happened, and the use of a photograph taken years after the riot to support a fabricated event implied to have occurred at around the public violence, clearly render the whole exercise nothing more than an attempt to show that Lim and the DAP in particular, and the Chinese in general, are contemptuous to cause the Malays to feel hatred towards LKS, the DAP, and the Chinese.
The film is a downright lie.
P Dev Anand Pillai: This actually shows the utter stupidity of highly acclaimed Malay directors such as Shuhaimi Baba, who will go to great lengths to keep the Malay peasantry stupid with a completely false and distorted version of actual Malayan history just for the sake of Umno’s survival.
Again, it is left to the Malays, whether they wish to be continously in the mind mould of what Umno wants them to be or whether they are willing to know the actual truth.
Tailek: Obviously film maker/director Shuhaimi did not check her facts but just adopted whatever rubbish was sent to her by government sources. This is totally unprofessional.
She should hide her face in shame at being party to this feeble attempt to discredit Lim Kit Siang and whip up anti-DAP and Chinese sentiment among the Malays.
There is seditious intent here. The police should investigate, but it won’t happen.
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