‘Tanda Putera’ producer says sorry to Kit Siang over urination caption
Suhaimi Baba was given RM4.8 million grant to produce and shoot the movie and yet she had committed such an stupid and IDIOTIC mistake? Should the government request for a return of the grant?
BY IDA LIMSEPTEMBER 13, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — The producer of controversial film “Tanda Putera” today apologised to DAP’s Lim Kit Siang over a photograph with a caption accusing him of urinating at the flagpole of a Selangor Mentri Besar’s house on May 13, 1969, the day of the racial riots.
Pesona Pictures said the photograph, which depicts Lim as being manhandled with the controversial note, was posted on its Facebook page earlier last year due to an oversight.
It clarified that there was no truth in the caption which said “Lim Kit Siang had urinated at the foot of the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the then Selangor MB Harun Idris’ house”.
“We, Messrs Pesona Pictures Sdn Bhd, unreservedly apologise to Mr Lim Kit Siang for the embarrassment caused by the aforementioned publication which is devoid of truth,” Pesona said in a letter posted today on the official Facebook page of Tanda Putera.
Pesona denied that the company had intentionally published the photograph and the caption, explaining that it had originated from a blog link in a subscriber’s comment on the Facebook page.
“The photograph and its accompanying caption made its way onto our official Facebook account Tanda Putera via a subscriber’s comment attaching a link to another blog. One of the administrators of our Facebook account opened the link provided and found the impugned photograph and its caption. Innocently believing the same to be in some manner relevant to the movie Tanda Putera, he proceeded to copy and save them onto the Facebook’s photo album.
“The publication thereof was purely an inadvertence, without any malice or bad faith intended,” Pesona said.
The photograph and offending caption was reportedly removed in July last year.
Lim had last August called the caption a “wild and reckless lie”, saying that he was not even in Kuala Lumpur during the May 13 riots in 1969.
He had also claimed that the photograph used was from a 1984 incident in Sabah.
Despite criticisms against the film’s fairness in its portrayal of the May 13 incident and the events surrounding it, Pesona said it was sticking to Tanda Putera’s contents.
“We stand by the content of our film Tanda Putera. Mr Lim Kit Siang was not featured anywhere in this film. This was made known to YB last year 2012,” the company said in the letter today.
The film, which was released this August 29 after some delays in the past, still features the scene of an ethnic Chinese man urinating on a flagpole at the then-Selangor Mentri Besar’s residence.
Yesterday, The Malay Mail Online reported that a former senior officer with the police Special Branch had said that the urination scene in the film is a complete fabrication.
“I can also confirm with you, as I was on duty at the time, that the urination incident never happened,” Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng said yesterday.
Yuen criticised Tanda Putera’s director Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba for keeping the scene in the flim, saying that it should have been researched properly to avoid sparking unnecessary tension.
“The director should have called me. It was during my time. This is a very specific incident and it should have been researched properly…now it is only causing so much confusion and this is not good for the country,” the former Special Branch deputy director told The Malay Mail Online.
After a year, Tanda Putera producer finally apologises to Kit Siang over urinating photo
13 September 2013
Sept 13: A year long controversy on a photograph with a caption accusing DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang of urinating at the flagpole of a Selangor Menteri Besar’s house on May 13, 1969 race riots may have come to an end following an apology issued to Lim by producer of controversial film “Tanda Putera”.
“We, Messrs Pesona Pictures Sdn Bhd, unreservedly apologise to Mr Lim Kit Siang for the embarrassment caused by the aforementioned publicationwhich is devoid of truth,” said Pesona in a letter posted on Tanda Putera’s official Facebook page yesterday.
The apology came amid Lim’s decision to take legal action against UMNO-owned Utusan Malaysia and former deputy minister, Mohd Puad Zarkashi on their remarks made based on the false caption on the urinating photograph.
The caption that read “Lim Kit Siang had urinated at the foot of the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the then Selangor MB Harun Idris’ house” was totally untrue, Pesona explained.
Pesona also claimed the publication of the photograph was just a pure, innocent mistake made without any malice or bad faith.
It was published by an administrator of their Facebook account, who obtained it through a subscriber’s comment attaching a link to another blog.
“Innocently believing the same to be in some manner relevant to the movie Tanda Putera, he proceeded to copy and save them onto the Facebook’s photo album,” Pesona explained.
Former senior officer Yuen Yuet Leng, who served during the racial riot had confirmed that the urinating scene in Tanda Putera was a complete fabrication.
“I can also confirm with you, as I was on duty at the time, that the urination incident never happened,” Yuen was quoted saying by The Malay Mail Online.
Now, what takes Pesona so long to issue this apology?
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