A Comment on Blog Posting in Zorror Unmasked
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
Puteras down the toilet
‘Tanda Putera’, a propaganda film made by Shuhaimi Baba under the auspices of the National Film Development Board (Finas) as a pre-election ‘frightener’ for Malay voters, should perhaps by rights be re-titled Tandas Putera.
Because to judge from the popular stink it’s causing, it is yet another bungled attempt by the Umnoputras to save themselves from disappearing down the toilet in the coming general election.
In a desperate effort to demonise the DAP, Umno/BN cybercreeps have been crowing over the film’s alleged portrayal of Lim Kit Siang urinating on a flagpole outside the residence of then Selangor menteri besar Harun Idris, prior to the May 1969 race riots.
Yet evidence shows that the flagpole in question was inaccessible to Lim or any other member of the public – and Lim asserts, and can probably prove, that he was not in Kuala Lumpur in the period during which the incident allegedly occurred.
In an attempt at damage-control, the scene that has provoked this scandal that Lim has dubbed ‘Urine-gate’ or ‘Pee-gate’, has reportedly been removed from preview prints of the film.
And a still of the scene uploaded onto the film’s Facebook page on July 20 with a 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 Menteri Besar Harun Idris’ residence), has since been taken down.
But not soon enough, thank goodness, to prevent the Umnoputras and their lying propagandists on the screen, the Net and in the mainstream toilet-papers from once again exposing themselves to public scorn and ridicule.
Which they do every time they try and yank the public’s chain these days, having spent half a century flushing away every shred of their credibility with mendacious statements like those made this week by their so-called ‘leaders’.
But a see-through toilet is not a pretty sight. So it’s no wonder that more and more Malaysians can’t wait for a chance to flush all this filth and putridity down the Tandas Putera, into the sewer of history.
Piss off, Tanda Putera filmmakers! — P. Ramakrishnan
AUG 13 — It is a wonder how the makers of the film “Tanda Putera” raked up an incident in our history that had never been documented or talked about. In fact, such an incident never even took place!
Yet, the producer-director, Shuhaimi Baba, claims that the events depicted in the movie are based on established truth. “My team and I did a lot of research, such as studying documented materials and photographs, to make sure the scenes were backed by historical facts,” she asserted on August 4.
But where was it documented and by whom that Lim Kit Siang had urinated on the flagpole (in the compound of) the Selangor mentri besar’s residence while at the same time shouting a racial slur? Which photographer captured this alleged despicable act being committed?
We need to ask some simple questions:
● Can anyone just wander into the mentri besar’s residence, pee on the flagpole and quietly walk away?
● Isn’t the mentri besar’s residence gated and guarded?
● If this incident had actually taken place, why hadn’t anyone mentioned it over the last 43 years? Was it classified under the OSA?
● If Kit Siang had committed this unmentionable act, wouldn’t they have finished him off politically long ago? He wouldn’t have survived this alleged sordid episode! No sane person would have supported him!
● How could this incident have taken place when Kit Siang had irrevocably established the fact that he was not in Kuala Lumpur on May 11-13, 1969?
● Was Kit Siang a delinquent or educationally sub-normal to have committed this shameful act?
● Knowing Kit Siang, would anyone believe that he would be that foolhardy to commit this insane act?
The answers to these questions are simple and straightforward. This incident could not have taken place at all! Shuhaimi Baba should not attempt to apply artistic licence to an episode that is as serious and dangerous as the nation’s bloody May 13, 1969 riots!
Kit Siang is known to have walked the straight path of decency by observing the norms of good conduct. Without such an unblemished record it would not have been possible for him to have remained as the longest-serving opposition leader in our parliamentary democracy.
But why is this incident — without doubt a figment of the imagination — projected as something that has taken place to denigrate and degrade him?
Is it because — as many tend to think — the DAP has evolved into a formidable force, posing the fiercest challenge to the BN by threatening to wipe out the MCA? Is it because of this fear that the makers of this film have chosen to be part of this political ploy to save Umno?
It is despicable that lies are being invented and history is being distorted to serve selfish interests to preserve power and position.
This disgraceful conduct also poses a challenge to the electorate: Are we going to condone lies and deceit or will we have the moral courage to punish BN — or more specifically Umno — for this unforgivable lie and rotten conduct at the 13th general election? — aliran.com
* P. Ramakrishnan, the immediate past president of Aliran, now serves on the Aliran executive committee.
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