Wednesday, May 03, 2006

From Berita Harian, 3 May

Censors accused of being insensitive

By Norfatimah Ahmad, Jalal Ali Abdul Rahim, Masrina Mohd Yunos and Adha Ghazali


Berita Harian. 3 May

KUALA LUMPUR: The decision of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF) to allow the screening of the documentary Lelaki Komunis Terakhir which talks about the life of the former head of the Communist Party of Malaya, Chin Peng, is described as not appropriate.

Various people who were contacted for reactions concerning the issue criticised the LPF's action because it it seen as insensitive to the people of this country especially the victims and families who suffered atrocities committed by the communists.

The head of Puteri Umno, Datuk Noraini Ahmad said the LPF's action is not appropriate as it is not right for anyone to glorify the communist leader when the country has much more credible people that we can learn from.

She said, the issue relating to the production of this documentary and whether it was appropriate to be approved by the authorities was discussed earlier but did not continue because it was thought that the film would never become a reality.

History figure, Professor Emeritus Datuk Khoo Kay Kim said the LPF should not have been hasty in giving approval for the documentary but should have consulted experts especially about the potential effects of screening it to the public.

"Before passing it, let experts view it first. In this case I think the LPF doesn't really understand if we were to ask them to explain communism and the history of the Emergency."

"The cruelty of the communists caused suffering to the public and security forces. Screening it will only make them feel uneasy," he said when asked to comment on the LPF's decision to allow the documentary by Amir Muhammad to screen in cinemas from 18 May.

However the documentary was passed for only three screens operated by Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) namely Mid Valley and One Utama, Kuala Lumpur; and Gurney Plaza in Penang.

UMNO veteran. Tan Sri Aziz Tapa said the documentary should have been banned from screening because hatred towards Chin Peng is very deeply felt especially by the victims of the Communist Party's cruelty and although the wounds have disappeared, the scars remain.

"Just mention Chin Peng and people will get angry. The screening will cause this anger to resurface especially among families of victims and we are worried 'old wounds will bleed again'" he said and also suggests that the approval might have been made by a young LPF officer who is too eager for 'democracy' without realising the effects.

Another UMNO veteran, Tan Sri Zaleha Ismail said she opposes strongly the screening of the documentary because it will only hurt the feelings of those who suffered atrocities committed by communists.

Meanwhile, the Director of the National Internal Security and Public Safety Department, Datuk Mustafa Abdullah said he is unsure about the approval status of the screening of the documentary.

He said that until now, his department had not received any information about the making or screening of the film but is certain the Special Branch unit of Police Headquarters knows about it.

"Whatever it is, I am sure there is a reason for the approval given by LPF for the documentary to be screened," he said and refused further comment.

The President of the Former Armed Servicemen Association of Malaysia, Datuk Mohamad Ghani said that the LPF's decision could anger all army personnel especially those who fought against the communists.

"This film seemingly belittles our struggle in the security forces to fight communists but during that time, more than 11,000 policemen, soldiers and civilians were killed."

*Translated from the original Malay.

12 Comments:

Blogger Amir said...

Q: What do ALL of the people in the article, including the 4 reporters who wrote it, have in common?

A: Not one of them has seen, or even asked to see, a single frame from the documentary.

2:05 pm  
Anonymous mr.sLuMBeR said...

thats why La mr amir...

sedih...takut dgn bayang2 sendiri kot...beLum ape2 dah takut dah bangkang...apera....

takut dengan reaLiti...

sedih depa nie..

9:41 pm  
Anonymous mr.sLumBeR said...

tuan AmiR,
i'm so dissapointed tayangan kat finas kene suspended..uhheau tu pon kene gantung...terLepas Lg nak tgk big DuRian...

teringin nye nak tgk...dgr khabar dvd dah kuar kat us kan,kat sini takde ke tuan?

apepon..wish u aLL the best for susuk n projek mendatang...

asaLamuaLaikum

9:44 pm  
Anonymous khys said...

lawak. mereka semua belum tonton, tetapi membuta tuli menganggap yg filem ini mengagungkan komunis! sedih betul...

10:24 am  
Anonymous mal dolah said...

Epilog: Filem Lelaki Komunis Terakhir untuk rakyat Malaysia?

1:10 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the.....?????

6:11 pm  
Blogger mob1900 said...

All Malaysians wanne watch are stupid slap-sticks and no-brainers like scenario movies, they don't wanne face reality nor recognise the tragic history of our past.

3:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenapalah aku rasa cam the whole point of the article nak bagitau LKT dah di rebiu dalam :

Variety
Sign and Sight
Film Kritiken
Die Tageszeitung
Sight & Sound

mwa-ha-ha

2:29 pm  
Anonymous Jason said...

Sad to see the state of our country these days. I really doubt that we can be a develop country with this kind of mentalities shown by these people.

5:02 pm  
Anonymous Uncle Jins said...

Aiyah, why bother with Lelaki Komunis Terakhir when we have those faded, scratchy, mouldy copies of Sarjan Hasan and Bukit Kepong to keep the flames of patriotism burning bright?
I wasn't even born during Chin Peng's reign of terror.
Why not make a documentary about Dato Onn Jaafar, the only truly national leader who was kicked out of his party for suggesting that it accept all races. Now that's my kind of hero.
Why not make a documentary about the Tunku, a great human being who was loved by one and all big and small but belittled by his comrades and successors in his retirement. Better than that Chin Peng fellow anytime.
Why not make a documentary about Tun Razak who gave his life serving the country and uplifting the lives of millions of landless poor? Now that's a red-blooded patriot.
Instead we are wasting time, effort and money documenting a red and debating whether we are mature enough to watch it.
so, all those who think Lelaki Komunis Terakhir is not worthy of being seen, let's see you make a documentary about Onn, Tunku or Razak. I'll be the first in line to buy a ticket.
But then, there are more important things in life la ... like going to watch The Da Vinci Code, Poseidon, Superman Returns,
MI: III.
But wait, won't the mindless hordes called the Rakyat think that Jesus actually married Mary Magdalene or that humans can fly? so better not. better stay home and watch intelligent RTM talk shows ...

7:23 pm  
Blogger The Keling Speaks said...

Just because the movie has a Communist theme and title, doesn't mean we should ignore our history. It certainly doesn't mean we are all going to turn into Communists.

Perhaps people who were affected by the Communists in the past would feel uneasy about it - but does that mean all movies about Hitler, who slaughtered millions of Jews should not be showed?

Presenting facts objectively without editorializing or inserting fictional matter. That is the whole purpose of a documentary. Something Malaysia hates to do apparently.

1:35 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

deeply symphatise with Amir...Speechless about the thinking of those autocratric Malay nationalists...

7:40 am  

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