Monday, May 22, 2006

BERNAMA report



Rais Finds 'The Last Communist' Film Not Offensive

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) -- The banned musical documentary The Last Communist is not offensive, said Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

"The plot isn't controversial and there's nothing that could be deemed as offensive from the cultural viewpoint," he said.

The facts portrayed in the documentary could be read in the book about former Communist Party of Malaya leader Chin Peng sold in book stores, he told reporters after joining Members of Parliament to watch the film at the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) Sunday.

The Internal Security Ministry banned the documentary produced by independent film-maker Amir Muhammad on May 10 days before its screening in cinemas although it had been passed by the Censorship Board.

The ban followed criticisms that the film glorified the cause of the communists and Chin Peng.

The documentary was screened for the MPs at the request of parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang who wanted to see the justification for its ban.

Rais said there was nothing new in the film except for the interviews with the Communist Party of Malaya's former members.

"They were vague, not conclusive for any quarters... that's normal," he said, adding that whether the ban would be lifted was the prerogative of the Internal Security Ministry.

He said his ministry would give its views if it was asked to do so but he hoped the issue would not be blown out of proportion.

Lim said that he could not see anything controversial that could justify the banning of the film.

"When I went in, I was prepared to be outraged. But, hard as I tried, I could not find anything to be outraged about because it does not glorify the Communist Party or Chin Peng, and does not even promote communism.

"It just used the Chin Peng connection to make a documentary about life in the country and a little bit about life at the border. Some scenes such as the charcoal factory (in Taiping), petai boys (in Bidor) are an eye opener for many and highly educational," he said.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar said it was a simple film portraying the life of a group of Malaysians in the 1940s and 1950s.

"It does not even tell a full story on the communist insurgency in the country nor is it a propaganda film," he said, adding that it would not leave a negative impact on the audience.

35 Comments:

Blogger Amir said...

The logo was designed by Tan Teck Chin of the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section. It is a satirical comment on the fact that only Members of Parliament (and some Members of the Press) have been allowed to see it so far.

9:15 am  
Anonymous fida said...

amir, if only those ministers and mps take their time from their busy schedule to watch the docu at the first place and the entertainment reporters choose to view it before coming out with comments, this whole 'blown out of porpotion' will not even discussed by people at large.

someone has to eat their words...
but I don't want to celebrate so soon, because the internal security ministry will still has the last say. for all you know they might still deemed it's controversial and not sensitive to people's feelings. afterall, opinion is subjective, right.

10:44 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amir

too bad you were not on RedFm. Hope you get better. Nevertheless, I hope the decision will be reconsidered. Stay afloat and god bless.

Jeffrey

10:59 am  
Blogger Amir said...

I couldn't appear on radio as my voice has still not returned. This is like something from a magic-realist novel: I am being censored and therefore have lost my voice.

11:51 am  
Anonymous Oli said...

Hey Amir! such a relieve the MPs like the film. Hopefully it'll be on its way to the Malaysian cinemaaaaaaaaasssss......

good luck ya!

12:49 pm  
Anonymous siew eng said...

LOL! loved the logo! Brils!

Meanwhile, the rest of us non-MPs can catch a glimpse of what the movie is about in 'Off The Edge' May issue. The film's cinematographer Albert Hue presents a photo essay of the sights and stories in the road movie.

So, if we can't see the motion picture, there are the stills!

Which goes to show, all media are important, even old technology (like radio).

12:56 pm  
Blogger walski69 said...

Way to go, dude!

Let's see what the real powers-dat-be have to say. I'm hoping and praying that the ban will be reversed, God-willing.

In particular, it will be interesting to hear what the We-Are-Third-World-Mentally-And-Proud-Of-It Minister has to say...

12:58 pm  
Blogger endroo G said...

At last, the jokers got back to their conscience and did the right thing. Thank God. Malaysia Boleh.

Majulah Filem Untuk Negara.

7:12 pm  
Blogger budak said...

Here's a thoughtful review by a Singapore website: http://yawningbread.org/arch_2006/yax-593.htm

10:00 pm  
Anonymous gitartong said...

tahniah! saya nantikan dipanggung!

11:34 pm  
Anonymous Siew Eng said...

aren't u guys celebrating prematurely?

i was at finas on sunday, giving a lift to a media friend who caught the show. while waiting for the mps to arrive, i sat in the lounge area near a few pemuda umno people and ack*mal himself. one pemuda umno fella was talking to a woman producer/writer (i think) and i heard bits and pieces of the conversation. he was trying to justify why the parliament, as the legislative authority of the country, calls the shots as to whether the film gets shown or not. it was quite interesting watching him trying to sound intelligent and civil about it, but i couldn't bear anymore being surrounded by so much ketuanan-melayu that i left my seat to chat with another media personnel.

and while i waited to make sure my friend got in (there were doubts at first about the media being allowed to watch), i hung around the lobby and dewan pameran, observing the posters of finas-sponsored movies like paloh, pontianak harum sundal malam, some saiful apek stuff, and other non-finas movies like spinning gasing and the beautiful washing machine, looking out of place somehow. the mono-ethnic staff and the pictures detailing the history of finas in the dewan pameran reinforced this feeling. and i can well understand their bewilderment that one of their kind (no offence, amir. i just meant in terms of kulitfication) is interested in 'the other'.

BTW, did u know that Umno is higher-placed than the highest legislative body in the country?

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14186
Radzi: Umno to decide fate of 'The Last Communist' movie

extract:
Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said although the movie had nothing to do with the struggle of Chin Peng or the communist party, its title is controversial and the timing was not right.

...

"This involves Umno a lot more than the cabinet. When we talk about communists, Umno members are very sentimental about it," he said when asked why it will be brought to the council and not cabinet.

He explained when he decided to ban the movie, it was not done in haste as he had already watched it and felt the timing was not right due to Umno's 60th anniversary do in May and the coming Merdeka celebration.

12:57 am  
Blogger Jazzmamma said...

look at it this way, berita harian has just done you a great big huge favour with all the free A & P Lelaki Komunis Terakhir has been receiving, kan?

all the best amir.

2:23 am  
Anonymous Yameen said...

I'd like to see the film so I'd be glad if they'd lift the ban. However, I think I preferred (if I were you) it when everyone was in a uproar about how "dangerous" the film was... Rais' comments made your film sound positively d-u-l-l.

3:02 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF! Who the hell does UMNO think they are? Bunch of dickheads. A bunch of backward, closed-minded, malevolent, cocky and arrogant assholes.

This is why BN lost seats in Sarawak. Call for GE today and BN will lose big time.

A bunch of 60 year old cry babies.

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14186

Radzi: Umno to decide fate of 'The Last Communist' movie
Husna Yusop

KUALA LUMPUR: The fate of the controversial film 'Lelaki Komunis Terakhi'r (The Last Communist) will be decided by the Umno supreme council in its meeting next month (June 2006).

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said although the movie had nothing to do with the struggle of Chin Peng or the communist party, its title is controversial and the timing was not right.

The film by Amir Muhammad had been approved by the National Film Censorship Board for screening on May 18, 2006, but Radzi, in his capacity as Home Minister, retracted the approval on May 5, 2006.

"The minute you mention the title, people will say, what is this? Why should we champion somebody that had caused hardships and sufferings to our forefathers, to our country? So, it is not right," he said today (May 22, 2006).

On Sunday (May 21, 2006), after the movie was shown to MPs and the media at the National Film Development Corporation (Finas), Cultural, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said: "It was not offensive."

Radzi said because of the differing views received from various groups, he will bring the matter to the council for its advice.

"This involves Umno a lot more than the cabinet. When we talk about communists, Umno members are very sentimental about it," he said when asked why it will be brought to the council and not cabinet.

He explained when he decided to ban the movie, it was not done in haste as he had already watched it and felt the timing was not right due to Umno's 60th anniversary do in May and the coming Merdeka celebration.

Asked his personal opinion on the movie, Radzi said: "Depending on the circumstances. In certain occasions, I think it is fine, but it could be quite sensitive to most people," he said while admitting the controversy had made the movie more popular.

He added the younger generation may not understand the sufferings of those who had personal experiences with the communists but the elders will "get very hysterical" when they see the film.

Earlier, Radzi witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between K-Amal Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd and Umno on the e-umno sms service.

On the 184,000 Umno members who could not be traced, he said Umno will finalise the figure after a second round of exercise to clean up its membership list during its branch meetings beginning next month.

4:38 am  
Anonymous ted said...

"He explained when he decided to ban the movie, it was not done in haste as he had already watched it and felt the timing was not right.."

When did he watch the movie?

7:31 am  
Blogger budak said...

There are thousands of books, movies, TV serials, plays and other media about evil men like Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot etc... and yet few if any can be regarded as glorifying either these men or their deeds.

I can sympathise with fellow Malaysians who have suffered as a result, directly or indirectly, from Chin Peng's acts, but there is also a need for people today to know about, understand and analyse Chin's origins, thoughts, ideology and historical context (be it via books or movies), lest a vital part of the nation's history is suppressed simply because some groups think it's too painful or offensive to even mention it.

9:30 am  
Anonymous anak yatim said...

budak sekolah.....careful!!!
My mother became Janda...
My father was kill....
by MCP.

2:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that caught, Ted - Is Radzi actually trying to rewite history to say that he watched the movie before he banned it?

His statement certainly implies that he watched the WHOLE movie before banning it.
But the only comment from him that i recall was that he watched PARTS of of it, including a scene showing the house where Chin Peng lived. (ooh.. scary!)
- http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/5/10/nation/14195479&sec=nation

How's that for irony, eh?

Of course I could be wrong and he actually did watch the whole thing... or maybe I just havent reached a level where I'm ready for a politician's concept of past, present and future tenses.

7:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KUALA LUMPUR: The film The Last Communist indeed “glorifies” former communist leader Chin Peng and the story was one-sided, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday.
He said the film’s director, Amir Muhammad, should have included the input of those who fought against the communist insurgency.
“Amir should have interviewed the security forces, the home guard, the families of the home guard who were killed by the communists, and government officials of the time,” he said.


...............

now what?

9:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where did that news report come from? the previous ones all said rais found it not offensive

10:33 pm  
Blogger Han said...

The Bernama report says the ban originated from the Internal Security Ministry,

"The Internal Security Ministry banned the documentary produced by independent film-maker Amir Muhammad on May 10 days before its screening in cinemas although it had been passed by the Censorship Board."

Whereas this Star report has the Internal Security Minister on record as saying the ban came from the Home Ministry, another Star report has a deputy Home minister saying Radzi retracted the approval.

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14038

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14052

Not only that, Bernama reports the retraction came on May 10th, whereas everywhere else reports the retraction took place on the 5th.

What's happening?

10:59 pm  
Blogger Han said...

That first link is wrong, it was the Information Minister who described the ban.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/5/9/nation/14183114&sec=nation

The most recent article in the Sun confirms the date of the ban and that the Home Ministry issued it.

Looks like Bernama can't get its facts straight.

11:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Bernama's date (in the news) is wrong. Other news pieces produced by Bernama were OK. I have read Bernama news for months, by now. For my website, I change the date.

http://www.mstar.com.my/cms/content.jsp?id=com.tms.cms.article.Article_59d8b341-c0a85062-df997c00-414e59c1

I have informed Amir about the mistake. Other news items on this issue reported the date of the official ban 5th of May

8:28 am  
Blogger Amir said...

Albert Hue is editing a short video taken at the screening-for-MPs-in-Finas. It should be uploaded by Friday and features many comments by MPs not reported in the print media.

10:08 am  
Blogger Han said...

anonymous,

You're right, one factual error doesn't mean Bernama gets all facts incorrect. I have not read enough Bernama reports to come to that conclusion.

I'm sorry, I can't read Malay, so I can't read the link.

1:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amir,

Will you be posting "Rais: Amir’s film glorifies Chin Peng" too.

1:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amir,

Chin Peng sued the government for not allowing him to return. This was followed by the DAP claiming that he was a freedom fighter. Next comes your movie.

To much of a coincedence lah.

2:03 pm  
Blogger Amir said...

Rais: Amir’s film glorifies Chin Peng

NST. 24 May 2006


KUALA LUMPUR: The film Lelaki Komunis Terakhir (The Last Communist) indeed "glorifies" former communist leader Chin Peng and the story was one-sided, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said.

He said the film’s director, Amir Muhammad, should have included the input of those who fought against the communist insurgency.

"Amir should have interviewed the security forces, the Home Guard, the families of the home guard who were killed by the communists, and government officials of the time," he said.

Amir had said his film was about the people living in towns associated with Chin Peng, leader of the defunct Communist Party of Malaya (CPM), and did not seek to glorify him in any way.

On the banning of the film, Rais said he would leave the decision to Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad.

Rais was speaking yesterday after the launch of several documentary films produced by the National Film Development Board. He said his ministry would allocate RM6.5 million for the production of 15 documentaries.

2:51 pm  
Blogger Amir said...

Malaysian government establishes cordial ties with China and Cuba.

Malaysian National University publishes books by former CPM members.

Malaysian literary bodies mourn the passing of Pramoedya Ananta Toer.

Then comes my movie.

Too much of a coincidence also, methinks.

2:55 pm  
Blogger Amir said...

LKT lupa tragedi di Bukit Kepung
Oleh Akmal Abdullah

Berita Harian. 24 May.

Fakta sejarah mengenai kekejaman Parti Komunis Malaya dipadam manakala lagu bermotifkan perjuangan PKM disalur dalam bentuk klip video

APABILA timbul bantahan orang ramai terutama menerusi akhbar ini mengenai filem Lelaki Komunis Terakhir (LKT), ia menjurus judul filem itu sendiri yang sudah mengundang rasa tidak senang dan mengganggu sensitiviti masyarakat terutama bekas anggota polis dan rakyat yang pernah hidup pada zaman darurat dan merasai keperitan ketika keganasan Parti Komunis Malaya (PKM) bermaharajaela pada era 1948 hingga 1960.

Memang benar mereka yang membantah itu belum menontonnya lagi, sama seperti kelompok yang riuh rendah menyokong filem itu juga kebanyakannya pun bukan menontonnya tetapi berpunca akibat sentimen yang boleh diketahui sebabnya. Pada mulanya tidak ada sesiapa pun kisah apabila ada pihak meluahkan rasa marah kepada Lembaga Penapisan Filem Malaysia (LPF) yang disifatkan tidak peka dengan sensitiviti rakyat sehingga LPF sanggup meluluskannya.

Selepas beberapa siri bantahan orang ramai, tokoh sejarah, pemimpin politik, ahli Parlimen, warga filem dan veteran Umno disiarkan, tidak ada pihak lain yang peduli mengenai bantahan mereka termasuklah agensi media asing mahupun organisasi tertentu yang tiba-tiba memberi reaksi ‘kononnya mengambil berat terhadap nasib filem Malaysia’ selepas kerajaan menarik balik kelulusan LKT pada 5 Mei lalu.

Laporan Bukit Aman berdasarkan ‘pemerhatian’ sekumpulan pegawai polis yang menonton filem itu di Finas pada 2 Mei lalu, menyifatkan filem itu ‘berbahaya’ atas faktor keselamatan atau mungkin berkait dengan kedaulatan kerajaan, menyebabkan kerajaan Malaysia menerusi Menteri Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri terpaksa menarik balik kelulusan yang diberikan LPF.

Siri meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati terhadap pengharaman LKT berterusan di kalangan kelompok tertentu hingga Ketua Pembangkang, Lim Kit Siang juga bertanya mengenainya di Parlimen, lalu Menteri Kebudayaan Kesenian dan Warisan, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim bersedia menayangkan LKT secara tertutup kepada ahli Parlimen dan wakil media massa. Tayangan ‘sulit’ itu sudah dibuat pada 21 Mei lalu.

Kenapa bantahan dibuat selepas LKT diluluskan LPF dan sebelum ia diharamkan? Judul seperti itu mirip kepada satu bentuk tribute terhadap gerakan komunis, apatah lagi konotasinya secara halus membawa ironi satu perjuangan atau mempertahankan hak dan ideologi. Makrifat mengenal pasti judul itu berkait dengan usaha penerbit dan pengarah filem itu sendiri yang kelihatan begitu bersungguh-sungguh membawa dokumentari ini ke pawagam untuk tayangan umum sedangkan ia sekadar cerita berkaitan bekas pemimpin PKM, Chin Peng dan pengikutnya? Ramai tertanya-tanya, kenapa subjek ini yang dipilih sedangkan ia mengganggu sensitiviti masyarakat?

Agak pelik dan jarang (mungkin tidak pernah) filem dokumentari tempatan yang dihasilkan dengan tahap kualiti produksi agak rendah pada aspek teknikalnya seperti LKT berusaha memasuki pawagam untuk membolehkan orang ramai menontonnya. Selepas melihat sendiri mutu produksi LKT, barangkali juga ia ‘tidak lulus’ untuk persembahan di kaca televisyen kerana tidak memenuhi ciri dan konsep sebuah dokumentari yang menepati piawaian sebenar. Namun, isi cerita itu sendiri menjadikan barangkali ada ‘sesuatu yang lebih besar’ mahu disampaikan menerusi LKT.

Ia bermakna pengisian filem dokumentari berunsur muzikal itu menjadi agendanya. Agendanya ialah pemaparan semula mengenai biografi ringkas perjuangan Chin Peng, gerakan PKM dan apa yang terjadi pada bekas pengikut Chin Peng yang kini bermastautin di perkampungan terpencil di sempadan Malaysia-Thailand.

Fakta mengikut buku biografi Chin Peng

SEMUA fakta yang dimuatkan itu adalah catatan rasmi kehidupan awal Chin Peng yang bermula dengan bandar Sitiawan, Perak, tempat Chin Peng dilahir dan dibesarkan bermula 1924-1938. Ia sama juga dalam buku berkaitan sejarah keganasan PKM tetapi dalam konteks LKT, fakta ini dimanipulasikan dengan memberi gambaran visual zaman kontemporari dengan kehidupan rakyat menikmati ketenteraman hidup dan menjalankan kegiatan ekonomi tanpa rasa takut, membayangkan ‘penipuan’ zaman dulu dan kini seolah-olah adalah sama, menutup semula realiti sebenar - ketakutan, kezaliman dan keperitan hidup yang dialami pada era keganasan komunis.

Apabila difahamkan dokumentari ini adalah inspirasi pengarahnya, Amir Muhammad berasaskan buku memoir Chin Peng, My Side of History, tentu ia akan berkait unsur propaganda kerana rujukannya dari perspektif Chin Peng sendiri, bukannya sejarah rasmi Malaysia. Sekurang-kurangnya, pengarah harus mempunyai keseimbangan antara fakta dan cerita tulen yang berlaku era itu dari rakaman zaman dan ketelusan untuk tatapan rakyat Malaysia keseluruhannya, bukan sekadar gambaran bersikap defensive dan escapisme terhadap Chin Peng mahupun PKM.

Alasan filem itu cuba memberi landskap geografi dan sejarah mengikut tempat dan lokasi yang dilalui Chin Peng bermula dari Sitiawan, Lumut, Ipoh, Tanjung Malim, Bidor, Sungai Siput, Cameron Highlands dan Bentong, Pahang mengelirukan kerana paparan dalam LKT turut sama menyusupkan agenda perjuangan PKM dan Chin Peng bersama visual zaman kini yang kontradiksi. Teknik persembahan dalam LKT cuba mengelirukan penonton dan sebab itu penonton yang tidak merujuk kepada sejarah rasmi akan terpesona dengan elemen hiburan dan lucu yang digerakkan selari imbasan dakyah perjuangan Chin Peng secara agak terperinci.

Cerita bergerak mengikut kesinambungan fakta yang dipapar menerusi naratif teks dan visual yang agak ‘lintang pukang’ tetapi pada lapisan kedua ia membawa motif kemakmuran, keamanan dan ketenteraman seolah-olah juga adalah atas perjuangan komunis yang harus diberi penghargaan. Inilah lapisan atau ciri subteks LKT yang sukar dikesan penonton apabila mengikuti LKT jika mereka cuma menontonnya mengikut lapisan pertama. Permukaan cerita dilihat mengheret penonton supaya lebih membuai dan terpesona dengan elemen komedi, dialog spontan melucukan serta rentak lagu menyegarkan.

Setiap perkembangan diri Chin Peng dan gerakannya atas nama PKM disusun rapi bersama visual yang memanipulasikan zaman sekarang. Beberapa fakta yang ditampilkan dalam bentuk teks sambil diiringi visual hasil rakaman keadaan semasa membawa parallelism perjuangan PKM dan Chin Peng adalah wajar dan harus diiktiraf, maka unsur simpati dipupuk sedikit demi sedikit untuk membangkitkan rasa bangga, kagum dan terharu terhadap susah payah Chin Peng dan PKM membantu landskap geografi dan sejarah Malaysia.

Memang tidak ada satu shot atau babak mengenai wajah atau fizikal Chin Peng ditunjukkan dalam LKT. Tetapi, LKT memerangkap penonton untuk menghayati aura dan spritual Chin Peng serta perjuangan PKM mengikut perspektif suara hati dan nawaitu kumpulan itu menerusi laluan Chin Peng serta temu bual pengikutnya yang masih hidup. Nama Chin Peng tertera pada naratif teks lebih 15 kali.

Fakta sejarah kenegaraan Malaysia dipadam

SESUATU yang jelas dalam LKT kerana ia menafikan fakta sejarah mengikut dokumen keselamatan kerajaan Malaysia. Imej atau paparan mengenai keganasan PKM dipadamkan dalam LKT tetapi disampaikan secara sinis pengganas komunis pada ketika itu ‘terpaksa’ memberontak untuk berjuang menentang penjajahan Inggeris dan pendudukan Jepun. Namun, tidak pula diterangkan apa hasrat sebenar PKM yang diketahui cita-cita mereka ialah mewujudkan negara Republik Komunis Malaya.

Catatan sejarah mengenai kezaliman komunis terhadap penduduk kampung dan anggota pasukan polis termasuk membakar balai polis sebagaimana tragedi Bukit Kepong, selain membakar ladang getah, lombong bijih timah dan kenderaan awam ditiadakan, sebaliknya digantikan persembahan lagu karaoke dan klip video bermotifkan lagu perjuangan PKM. Lagu yang dipaparkan itu juga bukannya sekadar hiburan tetapi dari situlah semangat perjuangan PKM diapi-apikan kerana liriknya berkisar mengenai perjuangan

Ini ketara apabila ia disampaikan dalam rentak march dan liriknya adalah lagu perjuangan ala Mao Tze Tung, selain dipaparkan inspirasi diperoleh Chin Peng adalah kerana manifesto komunis, Revolusi China, pengaruh Lenin dan fascisme. Babak lagu dinyanyikan pelbagai kaum dengan berpakaian etnik masing-masing ala koir lagu patriotik RTM dan di tengahnya satu makhluk dibungkus kain merah adalah simbolik komunisme diraikan apatah lagi satu liriknya berbunyi, “Rakyat Malaya... dulu miskin sekarang kaya.”

Sebagai sebuah dokumentari yang harus berpaksikan fakta seimbang, LKT tidak memberitahu selepas Malaysia merdeka pada 31 Ogos 1957 kenapa PKM dan Chin Peng masih meneruskan gerakan subversif mereka. Menemubual beberapa anak muda pelbagai kaum sebagai suara generasi sekarang membayangkan kekaburan disengajakan untuk mengaitkan mereka yang mengecapi kenikmatan di tanah air ini seolah-olah ia juga hasil perjuangan PKM.

Peliknya, mereka yang ditemubual itu tidak tahu apa-apa langsung atau tidak pernah mengalami zaman darurat. Ini jelas bertujuan memadamkan fakta keganasan yang pernah dilakukan PKM dan mengaitkan anak muda sekarang yang tidak tahu apa-apa mengenai zaman perit supaya ‘memutihkan’ imej PKM. Malah, pengalaman bekas polis yang terbabit dalam perjuangan menentang komunis ditiadakan, pengalaman keluarga mangsa kezaliman PKM juga ditiadakan. Apa syarat yang dikenakan Chin Peng terhadap kerajaan Malaysia semasa perjanjian damai 17 tahun lalu di Haadyai hingga menyebabkan beliau tidak dibenarkan pulang ke Malaysia juga tidak mengisi visual LKT tetapi pada penghujung visual teks cerita memberitahu Chin Peng yang kini berusia 82 tahun tidak dibenarkan kembali ke tanah airnya.

Promosi halus ketokohan Chin Peng

MENGIKUTI keseluruhan LKT secara terancang dari aspek pembikinan, seni kreatif, inti patinya dan sejarah keselamatan Malaysia, satu kesimpulan jelas dokumentari filem ini secara halus membina watak protagonis (Chin Peng) tanpa menggambarkan imej fizikalnya tetapi secara teratur menghebahkan perjuangannya menerusi naratif teks dan temu bual bekas pengikut Chin Peng yang menafikan mereka adalah pengganas. Begitu jugalah kenyataan salah seorang daripada mereka: “Kami masih percaya pada ideologi kami.”

Dalam satu temu bual dengan bekas anggota komunis wanita yang mengaku dia tidak menyesal dengan perjuangannya, itu adalah satu tanda besar bahawa komunisme masih terlekat kuat dalam jiwa mereka. Aura Chin Peng disalurkan melalui temu bual pengikutnya meskipun mereka akui Perjanjian Damai 1989 sudah dibuat dengan kerajaan Malaysia. Namun, tidak ada pengakuan rasmi mereka sudah insaf dan tidak ada juga pengakuan PKM dibubarkan dengan rasmi. Sebaliknya LKT memuatkan kenyataan seorang bekas anggota PKM bahawa perjanjian itu bukan bermakna PKM menyerah kalah sebaliknya perjanjian untuk kemuliaan atau kebesaran PKM.

Visual temu bual yang dibuat itu dilihat lebih bermotifkan cuba mempengaruhi serta mendapatkan sokongan atau simpati penonton. Satu lirik lagu karaoke nyanyian keluarga anggota bekas PKM itu berbunyi, “We gave our youths motherland” yang membawa konotasi perjuangan PKM adalah pejuang kemerdekaan yang membolehkan anak cucu mereka kini menghirup udara kebebasan di bumi tercinta ini. Realitinya, selepas Malaysia merdeka pada 1957 hasil rundingan Ketua Menteri Tanah Melayu ketika itu, Tunku Abul Rahman Putra bersama rombongannya dengan kerajaan British, PKM masih bergerak aktif dan sehinggalah 1989 kerajaan Malaysia di bawah pimpinan Perdana Menteri ketika itu, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad (kini Tun) terpaksa memujuk mereka untuk berdamai.

Dalam apa hujah pun, apabila bekas pengikut Chin Peng mengeluarkan kenyataan “I will never regret it” dan mereka masih percaya dengan ideologi mereka, ia membawa maksud propaganda halus komunis atau PKM seolah-olah dipupuk dalam LKT. Di situlah boleh digambarkan secara jelas bagi mereka yang ada sensitiviti, dokumentari itu menandakan semboyan komunisme di tanah air tercinta ini mula berbunyi kembali. Demi bersikap adil kepada penerbit, LKT boleh ditayangkan kepada umum jika dibuat potongan tertentu dan menukar judulnya.

2:59 pm  
Blogger walski69 said...

Looks like its time for another Akmal-bashing post on myAsylum...

7:25 pm  
Blogger Han said...

From Rais' quotes already in the press, it sounds like NST is writing news with a poetic license.

9:13 pm  
Blogger walski69 said...

Out of nowhere, we now supposedly have a report from Bukit Aman saying that the film is dangerous?

I just could not tahan anymore and posted this on my blog.

Obfuscation has now become my favorite word for the year...

10:55 pm  
Anonymous The Second Last Marxist said...

I guess irony is a foreign concept to the likes of Akmal huh?

Interesting....

8:39 pm  
Blogger mob1900 said...

Why don't Akmal start protesting about every other country/nation which has 'bleed' Malaysia/Malaya/Empayar Melaka in the past?
1. Portugese
2. British
3. Japanese
4. Bugis
5. Majapahit
6. Indonesians

Since the imbecile have been talking about just Bkt. kepong, why not the rest of the 'tragedies'?
It's issues like these which have not been talk about which got all these morons all work-up and stop our nation from moving Forward. If Akmal is still clinging on to the past, he should be living on trees and forage scraps in bushes.

Grow up Akmal and leave your little narrow shell behind instead of turtling your way to extinction.

4:03 am  

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