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Guan Eng: Tanda Putera “menulis semula sejarah”, “penuh pembohongan, menyerang kumpulan minoriti”

Begitu benci Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang kepada filem Tanda Putera.

Berikut kenyataan akhbar yang dikeluarkannya di Komtar, George Town pada 30 Ogos 2013.

Oleh Lim Guan Eng

“Dalam menegakkan kebebasan bersuara dan mengutuk keras kebencian kaum, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang menegaskan bahawa tiada tindakan akan diambil terhadap sesiapa yang mengabaikan nasihat berkenaan ‘Tanda Putera’ yang penuh dengan pembohongan, menyerang kumpulan minoriti dan beribu-ribu rakyat Malaysia yang tidak bersalah yang terbunuh semasa 13 Mei 1969.

Dalam menegakkan kebebasan bersuara dan mengutuk keras kebencian kaum, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang menegaskan bahawa tiada tindakan akan diambil terhadap sesiapa yang mengabaikan nasihat berkenaan ‘Tanda Putera’ yang penuh dengan pembohongan, menyerang kumpulan minoriti dan beribu-ribu rakyat Malaysia yang tidak bersalah yang terbunuh semasa 13 Mei 1969. Memandang isu ini bersabit hal sejarah, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang mempunyai tanggungjawab moral untuk mengambil pendirian yang jelas dan nyata untuk menentang sebarang usaha bagi menulis semula sejarah yang terlalu tidak konsisten dengan kejadian dan fakta sebenar.

Sebaliknya, mereka yang cenderung kepada Kerajaan Persekutuan BN telah mengambil pendekatan yang bertentangan dengan mengancam untuk menutup pengendali pawagam dan lain-lain bentuk tindakan undang-undang jika ‘Tanda Putera’ tidak ditayangkan. Pihak polis telah pun digunakan untuk membuang karya seni di Kuala Lumpur. Ini adalah perbezaan di antara Kuala Lumpur dan Pulau Pinang, di mana, di negeri ini, mereka yang tidak sehaluan dengan kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang masih boleh memaparkan persembahan mereka tanpa gangguan. Inilah yang perlahan-lahan menjadikan Pulau Pinang kota seni Malaysia kerana artis menikmati kebebasan bersuara.

Walau bagaimanapun kebebasan bersuara tidak bererti kebebasan untuk berdusta. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang telah mengambil langkah ini untuk mengeluarkan nasihat mengenai ‘Tanda Putera’ kerana filem itu telah melintasi garis sempadan dengan menggunakan dana awam untuk menyebarkan pembohongan yang menggalakkan kebencian dan bukan keharmonian antara pelbagai kaum di Malaysia.

Berikutan ancaman daripada kerajaan Persekutuan, kami telah dimaklumkan bahawa semua pengusaha pawagam akan menayangkan filem ini tidak lama lagi di Pulau Pinang. Kerajaan Negeri Pulau Pinang memberi jaminan bahawa tiada tindakan akan diambil terhadap mana-mana pihak, tetapi kami berharap semua pihak, termasuk penonton dan pengusaha filem boleh melihat disebalik pembohongan dan kebencian perkauman tertanam dalam filem itu.

Tajaan kos pengeluaran filem itu sebanyak RM4.8 juta oleh kerajaan Persekutuan hanya boleh dilihat sebagai satu sokongan rasmi sepenuhnya, termasuk terhadap adegan rekaan yang diakui sendiri oleh pengarahnya sebagai tidak benar tetapi dijelaskan sebagai ‘lesen kreatif’. Lesen Kreatif tidak memberi sesiapa hak untuk menyebarkan pembohongan yang boleh menjejaskan keharmonian kaum dan konflik. Jelas BN sanggup ke tahap ini untuk memaksakan pembohongan dan menafikan kebenaran.

Ini menimbulkan persoalan sama ada dengan menggalakkan kebencian kaum terhadap minoriti dan menyalahkan minoriti sebagai punca semua masalah adalah sebahagian daripada justifikasi dan alasan untuk penyalahgunaan kuasa dan rasuah. BN mungkin tidak akan berjaya mengaburi fikiran generasi akan datang. Di sinilah letaknya tanggungjawab kita untuk berpegang teguh kepada kebenaran dan yakin masih terdapat rakyat Malaysia yang akan berjuang melawan penindasan terhadap kumpulan minoriti di Malaysia.”

Kenyataan di atas ialah pendirian Guan Eng dan partinya beserta si Dapster-si Dapster mereka.

Patrick Lee (@patricklee_msia) on Twitter

Scissorati menggarap Tanda Putera

Pendekatan Scissorati terhadap Tanda Putera pun lebih kurang sama.

Tweet-tweet di bawah yang berikut oleh wartawan The J-Star telah dimuatnaik ke laman dalam talian suratkhabar tersebut semalam.

Tanda Putera - live on Storify - Nation P2

Menara Star adalah sarang Dapster

Rashvin mentweet bahawa nyanyian Negaraku di pawagam adalah hambar “nothing like singing it with 90k others”.

Besar kemungkinan Rashvin sedang merujuk kepada pengalamannya menyanyi lagu kebangsaan di stadium bersama 90,000 penyokong pembangkang di perhimpunan #Blackout 505 di Kelana Jaya.

Tanda Putera - live on Storify - Nation P1

Tanda Putera - live on Storify - Nation R4

Tanda Putera - live on Storify - Nation R3

Gambaran DAP dalam filem konon

  • Mengencing di tiang bendera
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  • “Penyokong DAP ditunjukkan sebagai orang jahat dalam banyak adegan”

Tanda Putera - live on Storify - Nation R1

Tanda Putera - live on Storify - Nation R2

Sumber — http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/08/29/Tanda-putera-storify.aspx

Tendang keluar saja MCA

The J-Star ialah media milik MCA.

Kandungan dan pendekatan suratkhabar itu umpama The Rocket.

Corong suara media MCA tersebut tidak beza dengan nada DAP.

Bermaksud MCA merestui tindakan-tindakan The J-Star kerap mempersenda, memperlekeh dan mensabotaj.

Malaysia sudah berusia 56 tahun. Wajar MCA musuh dalam selimut itu bersara sahaja dari BN.

Api dalam sekam akan membara dan menjilat rumah.

Kalau dibiarkan, hangus rumah BN dibakar MCA.

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126 thoughts on “Guan Eng: Tanda Putera “menulis semula sejarah”, “penuh pembohongan, menyerang kumpulan minoriti”

  1. Helen,
    Adakah ‘kumpulan minoriti’ satu istilah baru yang digunakan Guan Eng? Selain dari ‘warganegara kelas tiga’, apa lagi istilah yang selalu dipakai Guan Eng untuk beri gambaran tentang kumpulannya yang dianiaya itu?

    1. Yang saya perasan, sejak kebelakangan ini Iguana suka mengguna istilah “minority government” tetapi memegang tampuk kuasa.

      1. Suddenly chinese becomimg third class and minority? Hmmm I think I know why few hardcore PR Chinese supporter I know of, really feeling guilty towards me after preaching how bad goverment treated them. And after supporting the opposition, they becoming third class minority by they leader now.

        They have a bigger house then I’m and bigger car too. So, it is so hard to act like a third class now while driving a Polo and wearing RL handback while I only driving a 15 years old Toyota Sedan and wearing the RM25 unbranded handbag when we meet.

        And they know I know it too as I like to make a jokes about their preference toward RL handbag and shoes.

        it easier to act like a second class citizenship because it can still explaining how they can get their riches. But third class, hmmm a lot cannot pull it off. Poor them.

        Unless of course, the third means the rich and famous ;) and the first class means the middle to lower income group. What do you think?

        ;p sarah

        1. Maybe they want to tipu IR sebab mau lari cukai…already the largest in the country wor…imagine if they tak lari cukai…imagine…

  2. Feel really sad for these two movie reviewers. Shallow, blinkered, biased, cynical. They went in with their minds made up and that Rashvin should be working in Komtar Penang. Why do people like him become reporters? Oh right, the J-Star loves people like that.

    1. Not really. A lot of people found the movie to be cliched, historically inaccurate or dubious, and with bad acting.

      1. re: “Not really. A lot of people found the movie to be cliched, historically inaccurate or dubious, and with bad acting.”

        (1) “Bad acting”: Patchy standards with some of the supporting actors making you cringe but overall I would say the leads (main cast) held their own. The actress who played Tun Rahah was charming in her portrayal.

        (2) “Historically inaccurate or dubious”: In the first place, one would have to watch the movie at least 3-4 times or read the entire script/access the storyboard to be able to make an appraisal on the historicity of Tanda Putera‘s content.

        But did the Dapsters even watch the movie at all? The RBA who made the mistake over the Yang DiPertuan Agong portraits (see my response to HH) @ Ogos 31, 2013 at 10:33 pm
        had obviously not watched as he failed to correctly time-place the Hussein Onn scene.

        Secondly, to make the claim that the movie is “historically inaccurate or dubious”, the critic must first himself be celik sejarah. Dapsters ni tidak, rata-rata buta sejarah.

        Very simple. Guan Eng’s Komtar cybertroopers should be challenged to detail a specific scene(s) and provide the counter evidence to prove that the movie is wrong. Rather than their Iguana boss making his blanket attacks.

        Thus far, only Dr Kua Kia Soong has credibly pointed out where the movie is wrong (and quite a major premise that).

          1. Shuhaimi Baba’s film blames the communists for instigating May 13. Dr KKS says ‘No’.

            I’m not convinced by the theory that the communists were responsible. I’m more inclined to the view that the riots were sparked by Sino-Malay racial conflict.

            I can understand the insult and offense taken. We see a repeat in the Dapster behaviour today.

            1. I can understand the insult and offense taken. We see a repeat in the Dapster behaviour today.

              Add: Also in the hostility and aggression shown by Malay ultras. It was a clash of two ethnicities in 1969.

              Not isolated as race riots had also happened in Penang and Singapore earlier.

        1. Re. Very simple. Guan Eng’s Komtar cybertroopers should be challenged to detail a specific scene(s) and provide the counter evidence to prove that the movie is wrong. Rather than their Iguana boss making his blanket attacks.

          His cybertroopers will, as always resort to name calling, race baiting to silence their critics.

        2. “(1) “Bad acting”: Patchy standards with some of the supporting actors making you cringe but overall I would say the leads (main cast) held their own. The actress who played Tun Rahah was charming in her portrayal.”

          The poor acting was not limited to the supporting actors and actresses. The main characters were poorly acted and they appeared stiff and one dimensional, as if they were cardboard cutouts from the cinema lobby being animated.

          “(2) “Historically inaccurate or dubious”: In the first place, one would have to watch the movie at least 3-4 times or read the entire script/access the storyboard to be able to make an appraisal on the historicity of Tanda Putera‘s content.”

          One does not have to sit through three to four times to see if a movie is historically accurate or not. A decent movie critic will get the most of it through one sitting.

          You will be surprised that many pro Opposition fellows have seen the movie out of curiosity, either through the cinema or (mostly) pirated DVD, or downloading it from the internet. Of course, their opinion on the movie has been near unanimously negative; poor acting, questionable historical accuracy, stifled storyline.

          1. re: “One does not have to sit through three to four times to see if a movie is historically accurate or not. A decent movie critic will get the most of it through one sitting.”

            A movie critic is not a historian nor a researcher. What you are demanding is to prove or disprove the historical accuracy of the Tanda Putra narrative.

            re: “many pro Opposition fellows have seen the movie out of curiosity, either through the cinema or (mostly) pirated DVD, or downloading it from the internet. Of course, their opinion on the movie has been near unanimously negative”

            Since you already admit that they’re “pro Opposition fellows”, their unanimity is unsurprising. If you were to ask the Permatang Pauh Umno Youth’s 160 members (and family) who made the en masse booking to watch, then their opinion of the movie would be unanimously positive.

  3. For a considerably massive budget (4.8 juta) local production that courted so much controversy, Director Shuhaimi Baba sure is guilty of some major sloppy work.

    1. ref. the portraits of the YDPs on the wall

      The movie is correct and the RBA wrong b’cos they were obviously assigned to find fault without those troopers actually having watched the movie themselves.

      The scene depicted in the far right still (horizontal, middle row) is of Hussein Onn as the then DPM receiving the news of Tun Razak’s death.

      Tun Razak had passed away in 1976. So the portrait of the 6th YDP (Kelantan sultan) on the wall as depicted by Shuhaimi Baba is correct. The insistence by the RBA that the YDP should have been 5th YDP (Kedah sultan) is wrong.

      The scene depicted in the far right still (horizontal, first row) is that of Tun Razak in his office.

      The RBA is wrong to pinpoint the year of the scene as 1969. Tunku stepped down as PM in Sept 1970, after which Tun Razak assumed office.

      The problem with the RBA fault-finding is that they’re assuming the entire movie is set in 1969. Tu lah. They refuse to watch it first before embarking on picking out “mistakes” and end up with egg on their own faces.

      However, the other bloopers, esp. the Iswara Aeroback in 1969, I must admit are funny. These are the kind of anachronisms normally edited out during post-production using CGI.

      LOTR’s Gandalf wearing a wrist watch is funny @ http://cdn.lordofthememe.com/2013/6/14/a570fc31133575ca97c55c8b2c4ffe4f.jpg

        1. Ye ke? I watched LOTR 3 times and still didn’t spot the wrist watch. Good Helen, you are very observant and detail-oriented.

          1. I didn’t do the LOTR spotting myself. There are movie buffs out there who make it a hobby to spot these kind of bloopers and make entire websites out of the goofs.

            1. Every movie have a bloopers. It funny of course, when you sport it, of course it always comes in detail, like a ghost in coming to the camera with dirty hand but come out of it with clean hand. Wash it inside the camera???? Or wearing 3″ black high heels going inside the lift and out with 3″ brown high heels.

              So, a small mistake come from malaysian producer can be excepted and expected as the major holywood did it too.

              :] sarah

              1. re: wearing 3-inch black high heels going inside the lift and out with 3-inch brown high heels

                Continuity mistakes.

                Here’s one from Terminator 3:

                “When John and Catherine are in the hangar at the runway, the Cessna’s tail number is N3035C. When the plane is shown in the air, the number is N3973F. When they land, the tail number has changed back to N3035C.”

                More examples @ http://www.moviemistakes.com/best_continuity.php

    2. What are the odds that at least three fifths of the budget money went directly into some person’s pocket, and the rest was used to produce the movie?

      I have seen better production quality from local low budget directors.

    3. ‘For a considerably massive budget (4.8 juta) local production that courted so much controversy, Director Shuhaimi Baba sure is guilty of some major sloppy work.’

      HH before you go any further of quoting Satyajit Ray to prove that you are really an exceptional film connoisseur, Malaysians from all walks of life, need to be proud of. The real question begs to be answered is whether you have really watch the sloppy film?

      I doubt it.

      And FYI, Epic yang Fail, is not a syndrome exclusive to the film alone! Any film buff will attest to the fact that some films if not most had it share of bloopers!

      You don’t need a link do you?

      1. Islam1st

        Good morning to you too.

        Who the heck is Satyajit Ray?

        Nope, not watch the film yet because I got pressing issue on hand. Stuck for a few days on certain Candy Crush level.

        Btw, sloppy work is not the same as sloppy film.

        1. To add on:

          Just googled ‘Satyajit Ray’. He was highly regarded but I’ve yet seen any of his movies.

          Did you googled his name out of the internet too?

          1. You should see all of Ray’s movies.

            And yes I would not be surprised if there were leakages in this flick’s budget.

            1. Edit to add:

              HH,

              You should see all of Ray’s movies. They are diverse in the sense that they attempt to address many social issues through a varied range of “classes”.

              And yes I would not be surprised if there were leakages in this Tanda’s budget.

  4. The Komtar Potentate lost the moral high ground when he attempted to ban the movie in Penang and attempted to do this in the most weaselly manner.

    Frankly continuity errors and anachronism are not really major issues for me but if the hack director has just admitted it was a hagiography of some kind and didn’t defend it as some sort of historical document and then retreat to creative licence, I wouldn’t be so hard on her or her flick.

    But then again, I enjoyed, Susuk.

    1. re: “hagiography”

      Not a quarter as bad as the hagiography of LGE that has been carried out since his Ascension.

      Redeemed by the strong performance by the main cast esp. Zizan Nin as Tun Dr Ismail.

      Kavita Kaur however should consider retiring from the world of acting.

      1. Re: “Redeemed by the strong performance by the main cast esp. Zizan Nin as Tun Dr Ismail.”

        Why “redeemed” ?

          1. But do you think it is ?

            I mean, I’m not making the claim that the director is Leni Riefenstahl unlike some in tone and intent……

            I don’t mind a hagiography, I mean that was what Lincoln was, right ? Ok, ok I thought Lincoln was maudlin and much preferred Django Unchained.

            1. Probably 1/4.

              But Shuhaimi Baba is more accurate than her DAP detractors give her credit for.

      2. “Kavita Kaur however should consider retiring from the world of acting.”

        I have seen worse acting from other celebrities, but Kavita is not a competent actress either.

        As for Suhaimi Baba, she should stick to making “pontianak” B-movies.

        1. I liked Ida Nerina’s star turn in the movie despite hers being only a small role with little airtime.

            1. Tough question.

              You know that May 13 is a highly emotive topic for the Chinese.

              And you know also that Chinese are anti-establishment and suspicious of everything the gomen does. Tanda Putera was funded by a gomen (or quasi-govt) and facilitated by other establishment-affiliated agencies.

              I will reserve my judgment on the May 13 segments until I have the opportunity to do more reading and view the movie a couple more times.

              However, I will say something about the second half of the movie on the two Tuns.

              Without even watching TP, the Dapsters are pouring scorn. And I’m willing to bet that Scissorati like Patrick Lee and Rashvin (the J-Star reporters who reviewed the film live) dunno nuts about the backdrop to the whole tragedy.

              My opinion is that leaders of that era were statesmen who cared deeply for the country and about the rakyat. They put national interests first.

              Shuhaimi Baba’s film succeeded in conveying their immense stature and selflessness as well as the respect and love that the people (maybe not the Chinese but certainly the Malays of that period) had for the two Tuns — the PM and the DPM.

              Instead of hurling contempt as The J-Star has been doing in their disdainful coverage, we should walk away from the cinema with the desire to find out more about Tun Dr Ismail and Tun Razak after whom so many buildings, monuments and ironically the yuppie taman TTDI are named.

              MCA must be held responsible for the actions of the media that it owns.

              1. Re:”Instead of hurling contempt as The J-Star has been doing in their disdainful coverage, we should walk away from the cinema with the desire to find out more about Tun Dr Ismail and Tun Razak after whom so many buildings, monuments and ironically the yuppie taman TTDI are named.”

                One of the criminal aspects of constraining freedom of speech is that it ghettoizes narratives. Reading hagiographies or official narratives or partisan pieces about historical events or personalities normally strips them of any nuance and in the end does more harm than “good” for anyone attempting to educate themselves on the history of their country.

                Not everything was(is) black and white and politics and politicians unfortunately survive on how well they play the grey areas.

                Being a statesmen by necessity means that one has made complicated decisions which on the face of it seems anathema to whatever principles they claim to hold.

                Sometimes utilitarian results and pragmatism means the temporary abandoning of ideals in favour of compromise.

                I have very little faith that in these partisan times and our history of constraining freedom of expression, that we would discover the nuances of these complicated men or understand the history of this country.

                1. Tunku constituted the NOC (Mageran) post May 13 and Tun Dr Ismail pressed Tun Razak to disband the council in 1971.

                  The PM and DPM voluntarily relinquished their Emergency powers within a two-year span and restored the country’s democratic forms albeit with some significant curtailment (amendments to the FedCon viz. sedition clauses).

                  Tun Razak also brought Gerakan and PPP into the government and enlarged the Alliance to become the BN.

                  If DAP had come to power in 1969, they wouldn’t have done any better.

                  1. That’s not my point.

                    What Tanda Putera , New Village and the numerous banning’s or censoring or stifling of freedom of expression demonstrates is that whole narratives sometimes conflicting with each other are lost to fixed myopic partisan posturing.

                    1. Conrad,

                      Freedom is not limitless. Meaning there is limit to everything.

                      If there is no censuring, then chaos with take place. But as goes the saying, the truth hurts. the reality is that there were a procession straying towards Kg Baru hurling insult to Malays.

              2. ‘My opinion is that leaders of that era were statesmen who cared deeply for the country and about the rakyat. They put national interests first.’

                Agree and due to this fact alone, the more I learned to hate UMNO leaders for this. Najib lagila. Nation first is definitely lacking among them. Very few la kalau ada pun. Itu pun kalau tak kena bunuh, politically speaking…

                ‘…we should walk away from the cinema with the desire to find out more about Tun Dr Ismail and Tun Razak after whom so many buildings, monuments and ironically the yuppie taman TTDI are named.’

                I did felt rather malu not knowing much on Tun Razak and especially Tun Dr Ismail. You are spot on when saying that the director, with the help of the actors, I might add, had successfully pun that in the open.

                ‘MCA must be held responsible for the actions of the media that it owns.’

                What more is news?

                So Helen, do you feel the film had put the Chinese community in a bad light, like some, especially when Nazri, the Cina poster boy (no more!) had said that the film had paint certain Chinese individuals responsible on the May 13 riot and rightly so too, according to him la…

                http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/i-for-idiot-is-for-bush-why-look-that-far

                1. re: “So Helen, do you feel the film had put the Chinese community in a bad light”

                  I’m unable to absorb the film in only a single sitting. The first viewing provides only an impression. Need to watch again.

                  However the critics should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. The gist of the story is about the two Tuns and their ‘strange’ circumstances (i.e. both their lives cut short due to terminal illness).

                  Given the historic times and we being a young country (May 13 came a mere 6 years after the formation of Malaysia), both leaders were larger than life, towering personalities. The film humanizes them and reminds us that they had young families.

                  The young Najib in the film is so handsome. That’s why Guan Eng “jealous” and ranting away.

                  To answer your question, do I feel the film had put the Chinese community in a bad light?

                  My answer is, Yes.

                  1. ‘However the critics should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. The gist of the story is about the two Tuns and their ‘strange’ circumstances (i.e. both their lives cut short due to terminal illness).’

                    I wanted to see a lot more kencings and gaduh-gaduh scenes as propagated by the DAP, tapi to my pleasant surprise, I get to learn about these two great leaders instead. The gaduh-gaduh scene was at the beginning of the film, a crucial backdrop to understand the delicate situation the nation was being put into by the race riot.

              3. congrats Helen – you’re the audience every film maker wants. This is what Tanda Putera wants to convey – the story of a previous PM and DPM – not the other .. contoversial stuff that media tends to pick up and highlight. YOU got the movie! I’m glad :)

  5. Digsusting Ang strikes again. Do you even have a point beyond your miserable existence? Leave Malaysia alone. Your political bosses do NOT have a right to this country. We need to be together…not ruled again by scum that you are deep in.

    1. ed,

      You must be an RBA. How do you know that Helen is miserable? I think from your above comment, you are the one who is miserable. After all, DAP had spent millions of ringgit on RBAs like you and yet they had failed to take Putrajaya.

      Scums are everywhere even in Penang and Selangor and the majority of these scumbags are in DAP.

    2. ed. Please present facts on your one-liners without substance. What you talk about, a pre-puberty schoolboy in shorts do better ? Can you guarantee us your heroes will do better ? What do you know ?

  6. I feel sorry for you Helen.

    Depending on the issue you are attacked from all sides.

    Do we really need these drive bys ?

      1. I like to be in Helen’s shoes but unfortunately I’m a mediocre writer. I bet Helen often gets adrenaline rush reading some of our responses to her articles. In return, we, as her readers are addicted to her blog.

        1. re: ” I bet Helen often gets adrenaline rush reading some of our responses to her articles.”

          Get high blood pressure? Hahaha

      2. We have your back, Helen.

        Maybe we shouldn’t watch Tanda Putera. Watching an old man pee is so terrifying. I have never had nightmares since Psycho. I should have listened to the Iguana. An old Iguana peeing is revolting.

      3. Alah Helen, Serikandi macam you, takkan mudah putus asa? Takkan sikit2 pun dah terasa? Lain la setengah orang. Tengok gambar budak istimewa pun dah mula mainkan isu bangsa!

      4. Ms H. Not to worry if ‘ you are attacked from all sides ‘ as long as you present the true facts and not fiction. The attacks are usually one-liners with no substance from inferior types who have nothing in their heads and big mouths. If you are not effective, they will not attack you.

      5. BUT you have a lot of fans too Helen……..and the many visitors you have on your blog will soon be reflected your mind/opinion changing ability.

        I am sure a many (if not a few) may have been impressed by your write-ups and see the reality for what it is….

        I do wish you would one day stand as a politician and if I were a voter in that constituency would sure vote for you………

        It’s tough being you but please don’t stop writing……

  7. Worry not Helen.

    At least those dapsters have seen the film. They can say anything. Heartache, whom to blame? Of course not their heroes…

    I wonder what will happen to Malays when their “heroes” are in power?
    Then, “Tanda Putera ” is no doubt at all a true story… repeating all the bad incidents again and again…

    Simple analogy.

  8. Ms H. The serious weakness of the political leadership of the Chinese, Malaysian Chinese, of the now Red formerly Blue MCA and the dysfunctional Singaporean Trojan Horse Blue formerly Red DAP, puts the Chinese up a greasy pole. All these negatives about the Chinese behaviour are not an overnight thing. It takes years and decades of groundwork at close quarters working with their constituents. But what did the Red MCA leadership do ? They were only interested in making money. And the Blue DAP ? The leadership did nothing but quarrel with others and contemplated their navels for 47 long years and LOVED TO BE IN THE OPPOSITION. This left 2 vital issues behind unresolved since 1949. i) The wherewithal of the existence of the Chinese in relation to the other communities. ii) The politicization of a language Mandarin which should not have happened. Trustworthiness is a KEY WORD IN THIS COUNTRY.

    1. Haven’t our Chinese brethren been taken up with materialistic theories of marxist socialism and western liberal consumerism for a long time now, despite the veneer of their Mandarin language schools?

      [YouTube]

      1. Their defense of Mandarin language schools is not because they want to preserve their culture. This talk about preserving their culture, heritage etc through Mandarin based education is a charade. It has more to do with economics. They know the language has commercial value, hence the defense of Mandarin language schools.

        During colonial times, at least those who could afford it, they sent their kids to Missionary and other schools administered by the colonials. Back then, they knew that a well grounded education, with English as the medium of instruction, would serve them well.

        It is all about economics. In other words, its all about the money.

        1. Re: “It is all about economics. In other words, its all about the money.”

          A pretty good reason for why UMNO should be encouraging everyone to learn this language and not just pandering to the Chinese community.

          Same goes with English. And I am sure Mahathir would agree with me, this time.

          1. On this score, well, I have to grudgingly admit, that Umno and Malays of various political persuasion have never said that they are against the teaching and learning of Mandarin.

            The problem with the Chinese is hubris. There is an increasing number of Chinese in this country who actually believe that China is well on the way to become the number 1 nation on earth that once this happens, there is no need for them to learn any other language. Its their way of telling everyone that “now we are in charge”.

            Anyone who’s in the know knows that in the world of the 21st century, there is no such thing as the Number One Nation on earth. The world is now too interconnected that for any one nation to say or act as if they can do whatever that they want and with impunity is akin to scoring an own goal. Just take a look at the situation in Syria. Now even Americans know that any intervention will be greeted with howls of disdain and such and even if they do indeed choose military intervention, it will be on a limited scale with no boots on the ground.

            “now we are in charge”. Really ? More like a case of being ignorant of what’s happening around them.

            Back to the situation with the Chinese. Most Chinese have subconsciously forgotten that they are citizens of Malaysia, not China. Yet with the rising power of China, they have subconsciously taken on the position that they are the people of China that they have less and less regards for Malays, Indians and other races. One only has to listen to Indonesian maids and other foreign workers on how the Chinese in Malaysia treat people who are not Chinese.

              1. Now you are being mischievous. Since we will have to wait for Survivor to give us an answer, maybe Survivor will not be answering us, I’ll take a dig first.

                It really is mind spinning that even for positions where language is not a decisive factors, we are informed that the applicant has to be proficient in Mandarin. Now if we stretch this further, do cheap labor, such as those working in furniture shops, house cleaning too have to be proficient in Mandarin if they want to land the job ?

                “now we are in charge” then will really mean something eh ?

                  1. tak bolih, like u said out of context, ini dah tunjuk u memang ada comprehension deficit, i suggest u stop respond to me because it start to reveal yr hmmm…stupidity.

                    1. ‘i suggest u stop respond to me…’

                      You are of course only advising me, right? Just like the Lim Tokong did on Tanda Putera Penang’s banned. Kan?

            1. UMNO problem with the Chinese is that it has always attempted to define the interest of the Chinese community through preoccupations that it assumed would sustain its (UMNO’s) hegemony forever.

              The only hubris I see, UMNO’s failure to take into account a natural resource (the Chinese) beyond thinking of them as enablers in a kleptocratic system.

              The Chinese in Malaysia are not the only ones who see the rise of China as a power shift in this region. Nearly every country in South East Asia seems them the same and most if not all the Western countries.

              I doubt the Chinese think there is no need to learn another language – they certainly don’t feel this way about English. If Malay has not gained traction it is because of the political nature in which it has been propagated amongst other issues.

              Well I don’t know if there is no such thing as number 1. Countries gain ascendance and while there change the geopolitical landscape of the planet. America may not “invade” Syria but their carpet bombings will no doubt kill thousands of civilians which when you think of it, does the job instead of an invasion in a shorter span of time.

              China has involved itself in the politics and economies of various African countries which in turn has had a negative impact on the various “ethnic/tribal” communities there.

              I do not think that the Chinese have forgotten that they are citizens of Malaysia but rather they want to redefine the nature of that citizenship.

              I am very well aware of the racist nature of some Chinese as I am very well aware of the racists nature of Malays and Indians. I’ll leave out the Orang Asli and other Bumiputra because on an anecdotal level, I have never encountered any racism from them.

              1. Conrad,

                Nobody is denying the importance of China. You amy forgot that it was Tun Razak who visted Beijing when majority of nations refuse diplomatic ties with CHina.

                and UMNO or Malays do not object to learning mandarin..What Malays are not happy is existence of separate school that literally separates different races.

                1. ‘and UMNO or Malays do not object to learning mandarin..What Malays are not happy is existence of separate school that literally separates different races.’

                  And for the children to be able to have access to similar resources. For them to be able to mingle at young before the stereotypical prejudices had gotten the best of them.

                  But SA, we have known all of this all along haven’t we? And we had also decided that it was not so much of them, the Malaysian Chinese, acquiring Mandarin. It is more of having them, especially their community leaders to keep their status quo, for which UMNO had been blamed for, for the longest time and continuously so, intact.

                  They simply want to live and cari makan here without ever having to integrate themselves amongst the rest of us. A good non-Chinese Malaysian to them is a Mandarin speaking one!

                2. Actually the importance of China was conflated with the race hate of the Chinese here but….

                  Re: “What Malays are not happy is existence of separate school that literally separates different races.”

                  Well so am I. But for years we have been taught that the Non Malays should be grateful for having their vernacular schools and it was all part of the social contract.

                  1. Conrad,

                    No. Vernacular school is not part of constitution. With due respect to you. the position of Chinese and indian( no intention to insult) is similar to Bangladeshi or Vietnamese now in Malaysia. They are mere immigrants.

                    What i am stressing is that Chinese and Indians simply have no “locus standi’ in affairs in Malaya during colonial period.

                    Constitution was created after many consultations with many groups. It tried to cater to interests to all parties involved.

                    I used to write here that there were many parties involved. British was very particular about leaving with pomp and pageantry. And they wanted to ensure legitimate interests of British(and european) communities respected in the new nation.

                    Malay rulers insisted that their royal positions recognised . and the Malays wanted to ensure the political power is in their hand. And they felt that as their Rulers agreed to massive citizenship exercises to non Malays in scale unimaginable to any other countries, some sort of provisions are required to ensure traces of history of the land will not be erased. As such Article 153 was created. While the Chinese and Indians were concerned with their status in new country after British era.

                    Independence enable citizenships to more than 1 million non Malays.

                    But not all concerns were met. Nothing is said about continuing the separate schools. Constitution only stresses the right to practise one faiths, religions, culture.

                    It takes middle path. At one spectrum, Yang diPertuan Agung on his appointment as Head of State right after official declaration by Tunku in stadium Merdeka, pledged to protect interest of Islam, Malays. AND His Majesty also pledge to defend the legitimate interests of other communities.

                    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SOCIAL CONTRACT. It is only a loose terminology to make explanation easier.

                    AND THERE IS NO SUCH THING THAT VERNACULAR SCHOOL GUARANTEED IN CONSTITUTION. Constitution only guarantees the right to learn, practise, use one’s mother tongues

                    1. Shamsul,

                      I never said it was part of the Constitution but of the social contract. You should know by now that I choose my words carefully.

                      The history of the Chinese and Indians in Malaya go way back before Colonial times. As to having locus standi during colonial times I beg differ. The fact that we were here and part of the Colonial process gives us locus standi.

                      It is of course strange but not unexpected that you think that the Indians and Chinese are mere immigrants to this country but nary a mention of Indonesians.

                      Anyway I take no offense since I consider anyone who is not an Orang Asli/ Indegenous People of Sabah and Sarawak to be immigrants to this country.

                      You are right that the Constitiution was created after much consultation and the Non Malays were part of that consultation.

                      It was more then just leaving in pomp and pageantry but rather about leaving a country in which they some sort of control over or at the very least influence.

                      Thanks for the history lesson of article 153 but as I recall, it was you who misquoted it in one of our earlier exchanges.

                      I am glad that you agree that there is no such thing as the social contract. In many of our exchanges you have referred to the Chinese community as abandoning it.

                      Besides getting it wrong that I said that vernacular school education was part of the Constitution, you fail to acknowledge that numerous politicians in BN consider vernacular school education as one of the reasons why the Non Malays should be grateful and this was part of the unwritten Social Contract that kept us in peace.

                      I hope I cleared up this misunderstanding

        2. Survivor. True. One example is the Chinese newspapers. If there are less Mandarin speaking Chinese, their circulation will drop. Hence, the sly intimidation of the Mandarin Chinese for self-serving interests which dove-tails with the ambitions of the Chinese politicians.

          1. 1) we read newspaper, we dun speak newspaper.

            2) even if we dun speak mandarin, one that speak dialect still read the same hanzi, what mandarin speaking chinese r u talking aboutt?

            3) ummm yr decent eng doesnt conceal yr impediment to argue simple fact.

            4) so can u or cant u elaborate yr assertion in much detail, or as usual u start talking the 9 failed policies?

    2. “The politicization of a language Mandarin which should not have happened.”

      yeah decent english but nobody know what u talking about, can u elaborate more? do u mean the chinese should emulate u talk/write no mandarin? n could only blab in colonial languages? yr dad must speak japanese well, no?

      btw, is ak the acronym for “aku kepalahotak”? or u know no bm?

      btw2, yr one liner to kiss the a.. of that wannabe american with correct correct demonstrate yr shallowness n servility, is that the result of colonial education?

      1. hmmm, u surely have a way to subvert an argument, by merely repeated the same one-liner while changing a few words, that’s what kids do. let’s see if ak can do better.

        1. u recycled the same link a bunch of time, but one item does not a list make, cant u be a scrap collector and debater at the same time? i know not easy but i’m a generous guy…so maybe you’d like to try again?

              1. do u know even a suspense novelist like deen koontz lets the world know his real name dean ray koontz? so who the hell is this jmd, another scrap collector?

                u want link here is one, no one of them hide behind scrap.

                http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2013/06/03/the-real-reason-for-the-crackdown/

                see, i “suggest” u to stop responding yet u wanna continue to show us how stupid u r.

                ps/ i did reply earlier but might go into spam due to cited link.

                1. Okay, I’ll check.

                  But for the info of all readers, I’m afraid of late it has become impractical for me to vet the Spam queue b’cos this blog is just getting too much Spam.

                  As the Net traffic to my blog has increased, so has the Spam manifold.

                    1. ‘do u know even a suspense novelist like deen koontz lets the world know his real name dean ray koontz? so who the hell is this jmd, another scrap collector?’

                      Haiyah, you baca je tak baca. I have quoted JMD and instead of rebutting what he had written you google and link me with berita of Kua Kia Soong parrots repeating his lies as highlighted by JMD’s link.

                      Here read it again. Maybe you can ask Dr KKS some help.

                      Click to access 13-may-1969-analysis-by-jmd.pdf

                      And as for the politician wannabe fella, that guy kena tinggal beberapa tiang dengan JMB la, although I must admit that we had his real name in full for all of us to see. But you guys still don’t get it do you? Apa ada pada nama? Tin kosong sure bunyi kuat! JMD had serious rebuttals on the May 13 tragedies and all you can do was merely discrediting him for not giving his full name. And you referenced deen koontz to save your soul? Funnyla u!

                      Jokes aside, I must admit that my stupidity must comes from me being Malay. Seriously I can’t help it. Must be in the genes.

                      You, what’s your reason for being stupid and proud?

                    2. “….Unfortunately, they were apparently scheming and trying to decide on the best way to force me to resign…..The rest is history. I am sorry but I must end this discussion now because it really pains me as the Father of Merdeka to have to relive those terrible moments. I have often wondered why God made me live long enough to have witnessed my beloved Malays and Chinese citizens killing each other.”

                      again siapa tu jmd?

                      n come on la, i am the patron of that hakbersuura blog and notice every single malay that comment over there is at least 10 times smarter than me, thus my conclusion is stupidity is a talent I’m glad you monopolize, nothing to do with malay, n dun blame your dad n mum.

        1. HY. Prepare your answers on Microsoft Word. Please use the spell check and grammar function in Microsoft Word. Then copy and paste your reply.

          For example
          “yeah decent english but nobody know what u talking about, can u elaborate more? do u mean the chinese should emulate u talk/write no mandarin? n could only blab in colonial languages? yr dad must speak japanese well, no? ”

          “Yes. You speak proper English but nobody understands what you just said. Could you be kind enough to elaborate? Was I to understand that the Chinese should emulate your goodself and speak in languages other than Mandarin? Do you only speak colonial languages? Does your father have a good command of Japanese?”

          Mind your language.
          To learn good English please enroll at the British Council .
          QED.

          1. so what do u want us chinese to learn from watching soong sis n opium war? n which riot during that period u have in mind that make yr reply to hh relevant? i dun do word, n i am glad the host did provide service of spelling n grammer checking, a 3rd party application though.

  9. my office full of DAP supporters. I am the only one true BN supporters. they know i am die hard UMNO people. when DAP loss they always complaint. whatever problem all UMNO problem. shooting case UMNO create it. water distruption because of UMNO. currency increase UMNO problem.

    they want to leave Malaysia for singapore…i just want to say to all of them kalau tak suka you semua boleh migrate. but i dont want to be rude. i just couldnt understand how their mind work and function. when i want to rationalised they said no UMNO talk here.

    i just want this people understand that we must respect article 153. the gomen have inclusive programe for the malays and, bumi. but they all become defensive. everything gomen do for malays turn to racist argument.

    shooting Indian criminal also racist. i dont understand what doctrin this DAP plant to their supporters. if DAP can get rid the malays this country can become first world country and economy become prosperous. but look at Penang and Selangor the price of houses getting expensive eventhough the state have cash rm2 billion in their pocket.

    so what make DAP think if they can become better prime minister the Malays the Malays prime minister?even simple cec election they cannot solve and always blame the computer culculate it wrongly?

    1. re: “when i want to rationalised they said no UMNO talk here.”

      ‘) I feel for you.

      re: “shooting Indian criminal also racist”

      (i) Don’t lah shoot them when their head is still on the pillow.

      (ii) Understand why so many Indian youths turn to crime, in numbers disproportionate to the community’s percentage of the population.

      (a) Shooting Indian criminals is like continuously bailing water from a leaking ship.

      (b) Treating the root cause of Indian gangsterism (lack of education, job opportunities, future prospects) is plugging the holes.

      (c) It is more effective in the long run to stop the source of the leaks than to keep on bucketing the water gushing into the leaky ship.

      1. Re. shooting Indian criminal also racist

        It depends on who is the person doing the shooting. If the person is a Malay policeman, then to these people it must surely be racist. But if the person doing the shooting is Chinese, then they will sing a different tune. Of course, when I say shooting, I m not just referring to shootings done by law enforcement forces. Shootings can also occur between rivals groups, well rival groups, now that’s open to interpretation.

        1. re: ” Of course, when I say shooting, I m not just referring to shootings done by law enforcement forces”

          There is the verbal shoot down too.

          1. Ya lor Helen, itu botak smilling Philip pun salute satu Datuk MCA from Raub yang tembak an attempted merompak fella…nobody asks for kertas putih to be produced over the shoot.

            The fella mati and we don’t even get the chance to know whether he was a perompak tegar, geng 04 or merely a stupid guy committing stupid act at a wrong place and time.

            You also tak bela the guy Helen, how come?

            1. There is a pronounced difference between the two episodes.

              (A) The MCA Tan Sri, although he has licence to carry firearm, is a layman. He is also 68 years old.

              What happened to him was unexpected. He was in a doctor’s clinic when the robbers barged in.

              Everyone could see that the gang had parangs in their hands and the nurses and ordinary folks in the clinic were threatened with a clear and present danger. So the Tan Sri fired his gun AFTER the robber tried to slash me a second time.

              (B) The Sg Nibong apartment ambush was carried out by professionals – presumably UTK – who are not 68 years old.

              The police had the suspects under surveillance and mounted the raid at 4.30am when people are generally asleep. Sleeping people are unprepared unlike the daylight robbery, parang-wielding gang who attacked the Raub clinic.

              Circumstances were under the police control since it was their offensive. Different. Circumstances were out of the Tan Sri’s control as he was on the defensive.

              There were civilian witnesses to what transpired in the clinic, and the Tan Sri’s testimony that the attempts were made to slash him twice an be corroborated.

              Whereas in the Sg Nibong case, ALL five suspects weres shot dead.

              The only thing we have to corroborate the police account that the suspects (who were either killed with their head on the pillow or beside their beds) had shot at them first is the bulletproof shield trotted out with a “small indentation” on it.

  10. First, Guan Eng statement sounds very childish like Bahasa Malaysia. The Bahasa Malaysia like a karangan for PMR student with grade C written by a non-native speaker. His sentences are trying to sound forceful but the choice of word and the flow of sentences is unnatural and sounds very exam like. Don’t you all feel that?

    Second, he is trying to spin off by turning his anti-freedom of speech against his opponent. He is the first who “arah” not to tayang, but suddenly the federal gov get the blame of not supporting freedom of speech and suddenly Penang become the champion of freedom of speech and love by artist. Wow.

    Third, the only person I see keeps on harping on Tanda Putera is no other by LGE himself whereas most people in the country just live on. None of the pakatan state other than PP has any issue with Tanda Putera. Why?

    Finally, this statement clearly shows that LGE is still trying to play on racial politics whereas all his accomplice including DSAI have moved on to different strategy.

    The way I see it is that LGE is the biggest liability of DAP. As the top leader of DAP, he should look for method to improve his state economy, administration and social condition, but too bad he keeps on harping on racial issue. No wonder the Malay hates DAP.

    1. grandmarquis,

      LGE’s press statement in BM and Chinese are translated by his press officers.

      He’s not the only one harping on Tanda Putera. The J-Star‘s Scissorati are too.

      1. ‘LGE’s press statement in BM and Chinese are translated by his press officers.’

        Aiyah patutla Toilet Bowl BM detected. Itu translator berapa satu perkataan dia bayar?! Sure murah gilababi!

  11. Response to Shamsul #45

    Shamsul,

    I was not arguing for limitless freedom (expression). Not selectively applying such laws that constrain freedom of expression is fine by me, if a more liberal system is unwanted for whatever reasons.

    I have no doubt there was a procession as I am fairly certain, the violence erupted because of UMNO malfeasances. When it comes to the hurt that truth causes, in my experience very few are masochist.

    1. Conrad,

      They say call a spade a spade. Meaning if there is one movie glorifying communism, why on earth we have to allow it.

      This is not being selective. Rather, a responsible decision to ban it.

      May 13 is not about blaming Malay and Chinese. But in all honesty, those who are jumping “and edgy” about it may not br happy if their actions revealed.

      1. Shamsul,

        I really do not mind if Tanda Putera is racist or New Village glorying communism, my point was that neither film should be banned.

        Just because your views happen to fall in line with the State does not mean you have a monopoly on the truth.

        I agree that May 13 is not about blaming the Chinese and Malay but Tanda Putera is about blaming the former.

        1. Conrad,

          I never claim to have monopoly of truth. The one that is fond behaving as if it he monopolises the truth is Kit siang and by extension is DAP.

          I understand the truth hurts. Tanda Putera only tells the story. But the truth is there was a procession passing Kg Baru , mocking and insulting Malays.

          In all honesty, I believe Kit siang does not want people to “revisit” May 13.

          As for blaming , I have heard many times Tun Razak was blamed for the raciaL clash. I remenber my chinese friends were simply dumbfounded when I told them on the procession.They all said they never heard about that. What they heard was that Tun razak engineered May 13.

          I asked them who are their sources. No answer was given.

          But If you refuse to accept reality, then just believe what you intend to believe.

          1. Shamsul,

            Numerous times you have said that all the DAP does is lie. Numerous times you have defended certain positioned based on the “truth”. Your current defence of Tanda as the truth is just another example of you monopolizing the truth.

            Here is a director who admits to creative licence and hence lost any already tenuous link to claims of truth. This goes for all movies anywhere and not just Tanda.

            There are sources blaming the May 13 riots on internal UMNO power struggles. Sources from Dr. Kua to RPK ….but that’s beside the point. You have already made up your mind on this issue based on your preferred sources. I on the other believe that the truth lies somewhere in between all this partisan polemics.

            And Shamsul, just because I am sceptical of your reality does not mean that either of us are wrong.

        2. Conrad,

          They too said A swallow does not make a summer. So it is preposterous to say that Chinese or Malay are to be blamed on May 13.

          It was a racial clash, yes. But Malays and chinese were caught in the middle.

          Point to ponder: An UMNO member was killed in Penang just few days before election. no procession was held.

          But there was a procession passing Kg Baru, taunting Malays.

          Sometimes the enemy is within, my dear friend.

          1. Shamsul,

            These anecdotes are well played out.

            “So it is preposterous to say that Chinese or Malay are to be blamed on May 13”

            Why ? I have always maintained the hidden hands narrative but this does not take away from the fact that it was a racial clash with collateral damage from both communities.

            Many people were killed during May 13. Signalling our partisans serves no purpose beyond bolstering a specific narrative.

            Normally when one makes the “enemy within” claim, it is meant to illustrate that he or she is cognizant of the elements within their camp, that works against them.

  12. Conrad,

    Nobody is denying Chinese and indians have been here for more than one hundred years.

    But in 1957, they were not citizens of the land. As for Indonesians( i presume you meant the Malays who come from territories now known as indonesia), they are Malays.

    You may not be aware that then Tengku Ampuan of Selangor(Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, consort of late Sultan Salahuddin) was born in Langkat, sumatera. Her father was a Sultan there. What I meant is that movement of Malays from territories in malay archipelago was common then.

    As for “unwritten” understanding, I am not so sure about that. Vernacular schools were not mentioned in constitution. Constitutioj only mentions the right to learn, practise and use one’s mother tongues. In no way, Constitution encourages vernacular schools.

    AND I NEVER SAY i have monopoly of truth.

    1. Shamsul,

      Needless to say that I disagree with you that the so called Malays are the only “Indonesians” who were migrants. This is hardly the forum to get into an etymological discussion on the word “Malay” or a geographical muddle of what exactly constitutes the so called Malay archipelago.

      As I said earlier, I never said that vernacular school education was mentioned in the Constitution as you claimed. What I said that it was part of the social contract.

      The problem here is that for some odd reason you are conflating the Constitution with the Social Contract. This does seem to be a problem with some Establishment partisans.

  13. I didn’t come out of the cinema hating any kaum minoriti etc. Targeting a particular race isn’t the point the movie is trying to put forth.

    I did however think that any PRO-COMMUNISTS/ COMMUNIST SYMPATHIZERS would seriously hate this movie :)

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