It was sent to the board on 18 January and the decision was made on 12 February but I only got the news today due to the Chinese New Year holidays.
7 reasons were given for the ban. They are:
1. The theme of this film seems to portray the crusade of the United Communist Front in Peninsular Malaya back then as a noble one which should be acknowledged. Therefore the film's message sides with these people especially the ethnic Malay communists.
2. This film also shows that the Malaysian government is unfair in failing to acknowledge their crusade.
3. This film shows the opinions and stories only of the communists about their stance and their purpose for fighting so that society will sympathise with and acknowledge their contributions.
4. Criticisms against the Malaysian Government are blatantly shown in this film for offering unacceptable rehabilitation terms as opposed to the Thai government which was willing to provide land, houses and basic amenities to support them after they stopped being communists. Aside from criticising the government, the monarchy and the Malays are also insulted.
5. This film tries to belittle Tunku Abdul Rahman, the former Malaysian Prime Minister, as the person responsible for the failure of the Baling Talks but the true fact is that the Communists did not agree to lay down their arms.
6. The former communist members likened their crusade to the crusade of Malay anti-British warriors such as Dato' Bahaman, Mat Kilau, Tok Gajah, Dato' Maharaja Lela, Tok Janggut and others. This is a distortion of historical facts.
7. This film is not suitable for public viewing because of its correct (sic) facts and it also touches on the sensitivities and bitter memories of security forces and members of the public who had been victims of communist violence.
(I think in the 7th reason, what they mean is 'incorrect' rather than 'correct.' How nice of me to correct their typos!)
I have until 10 March to appeal the decision. I will send the appeal letter sometime next week.