Why then am I featured and defamed in Tanda Putera’s official Facebook page as having urinated at flagpole bearing Selangor flag at residence of the then Selangor Mentri Besar provoking May 13, 1969 riots?

I am supposed to be assured by the clarification of the director of the May 13 film, Tanda Putera, Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba that I am not even featured in the footage of the film, but I am not.

This is because Shuhaimi has failed to give a satisfactory explanation why I had been featured and defamed in Tanda Putera’s original official Facebook page as having urinated at the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the residence of the then Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Harun Idris and provoking the May 13, 1969 riots.

The caption of a photo portraying me being manhandled, which were later taken down, read: “Lim Kit Siang telah kencing di bawah tiang bendera Selangor yang terpacak di rumah menteri besar Selangor ketika itu, Harun Idris”. The photo and caption was posted in the album in the “Tanda Putera” Facebook titled “Peristiwa-peristiwa yang dimuatkan di dalam filem ini” (Events depicted in this movie).

Shuhaimi’s explanation that the creators of the film had received many photographs from netizens which were shared on the Facebook page, including the offending picture, and that it was removed from the Facebook page after complaints were received about the photo, is neither credible nor acceptable.

This is because the defamatory and baseless allegation that I had urinated at the flagpole at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s residence, and provoked the May 13, 1969 riots, was made by Tanda Putera official Facebook page itself, and not a “shared information” from netizens – conveying the very clear impression that it was abstracted from the film proper itself.

Unless there is a satisfactory and adequate explanation or accounting for the defamatory reference featuring me in the Tanda Putera official Facebook page, I reserve the right to take legal action against such defamation.

It is most deplorable and reprehensible that Shuhaimi had taken almost four long weeks since the first publication by Malaysiakini of its report “New May 13 movie courts controversy” on 20th July 2012, to state that I am not even featured in the footage of the film – allowing the legion of UMNO/BN cybertroopers to escalate their campaign of downright lies and dangerous falsehoods based on the movie’s alleged “urination” episode to accuse me of provoking the May 13, 1969 riots although I had repeatedly explained that I was not in Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13, 1969.

I was in Sabah on July 20 on a three-day visit with DAP MP for Segambut Lim Lip Eng when Malaysiakini first carried the report on the May 13 film.

On the very same night at the DAP Inaman Sepanggar ceramah, I referred to the Malaysiakini report on the May 13 film and denied in the strongest possible terms:

  • That I had “urinated at the foot of the flagpole bearing the Selangor flag at the then Selangor MB’s Harun Idris’ house” as claimed by the movie’s earlier Facebook page;

  • That I had provoked the May 13 riots as I was simply not in Kuala Lumpur on May 11, 12 and 13 of 1969!

  • Even the photograph that was used in the movie’s earlier Facebook page was not a photograph taken in 1969 but was from a different incident in Sabah 15 years later in 1984!

Yesterday, Shuhaimi said much research had gone into ensuring her film was historically accurate, such as studying documented materials and photographs to make sure the scenes were backed by historical facts. She referred to the NOC report and interviews with former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar.

Did the White Paper issued by the National Operations Council (NOC) on 9th October 1969 or the book by Tunku Abdul Rahman “May 13 – Before and After” or interviews with Hanif, who was the Special Branch officer attached to the NOC, or Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who was then the secretary of NOC, produce any information on my urination at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s house or any such urination incident by anyone for that matter?

I have not seen the film “Tanda Putera” but from the trailer, legitimate questions are raised as to whether the film can lay claim to being “historically accurate” with reference to the May 13 riots.

For instance, there was a scene of a procession of participants carrying posters bearing Mao Tse Tung’s picture. Is this historically accurate when in 1969 it was an offence even possessing Mao’s books, let alone carrying Mao’s photograph poster?

Shuhaimi said that the controversial May 13 riot scene only lasts about 10 minutes of the 115-minute film, but she should know that any unfair and tendentious portrayal of the May 13 riots in these 10 minutes is not only capable of overshadowing the rest of the 105 minutes of the film, but have the disastrous effect of dividing instead of uniting Malaysians.

Do we want to continue to allow the May 13 past to haunt and divide Malaysians or do we want to move forward as one united people building a better and brighter future for all Malaysians, learning from the lessons of May 13?

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 5:59 pm

    13 May incident
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  2. #2 by Godfather on Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 6:03 pm

    ..And you still haven’t taken any legal action against the producer ? What are you waiting for ? An apology ? These clowns play the game that only the courts can stop. The court of public opinion helps, but it’s the judiciary that will bankrupt the producer.

  3. #3 by waterfrontcoolie on Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 6:04 pm

    When they have turned and twisted written inside out, can we expect them NOT to tell lies and half-truths in a B Movie??? They are not in to make movie for the purpose of historical record, he is paid to propaganda!

  4. #4 by Godfather on Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 6:43 pm

    The act of going around moaning that you have been defamed, you have been wronged, their explanations illogical, etc etc isn’t going to help your cause. You have to win the court case and see who actually pays the damages on behalf of these goons.

    I repeat – moaning and groaning about being defamed isn’t going to further your cause.

  5. #5 by monsterball on Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 7:07 pm

    These BN guys are tongue twisters ….twisting and telling half truths more and more since Najib took over during these past 3 years.
    Malaysians are sick and tired to keep reading dirty politics when People want the 13th GE and he keep ignoring the People…..delaying and delaying for reasons all Malaysians know why.
    Najib cannot afford to lose 13th GE and as such…the said 13th GE will be the dirtiest or not held at all.
    One way or another……Najib must win.
    That is his dream that also cannot guarantee him will come true.

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Friday, 17 August 2012 - 12:03 am

    Lies here, lies there, everywhere lies!
    We live in a nation flooded with lies, from the gomen, political parties, polis to film director.
    A film director lied abt LKS pissing at flagpole at d Selangor MB’s residence.
    A polis officer claimed no know Y name tags of polis suddenly n miraculously disappeared.
    A wife innocently told d world I no know my hubby n children kept cows n condos

    Now even a 26 year old man fr Melaka blatantly n intentionally lied abt his qualification n experience! Called himself a Dr, a trauma surgeon, an emergency physician, a war zone doctor, n a psychologist. Semua taroh! Published n sold a book of himself n his deeds; gave interviews to msm, TV station; collected donations; splashed in Fbook 2 hv done numerous operations (legal ah?), etc. Semua boleh!
    Turned out Dr Winson Seow 萧源盛 is a thick-skinned fraud!
    His family too joined in d fraudulent show 2 hoodwink d world!
    What kind of family is dis?
    Without the vigilant cyber sleuths, Dr Seow would have escaped with murder!

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Friday, 17 August 2012 - 12:24 am

    Why don’t you post the screenshot of the offending Facebook posting for us all to see? Show us the evidence.

  8. #8 by Jeffrey on Friday, 17 August 2012 - 6:00 am

    ////Shuhaimi’s explanation that the CREATORS OF THE FILM HAD RECEIVED MANY PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NETIZENS WHICH WERE SHARED ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE, including the offending picture, and that it was removed from the Facebook page after complaints were received about the photo, is neither credible nor acceptable.////

    Which raises the question whether in pursuing defamatory suit based on what appeared on the Tanda Putera official Facebook page (even for a short spell) will you rely on the new Section 114A (that DAP, amongst others, lobbies for repeal) which section provides:
    “(1) A person whose name, photograph or pseudonym appears on any publication depicting himself as the owner, host, administrator, editor or sub-editor, or who in any manner facilitates to publish or re-publish the publication is presumed to have published or re-published the contents of the publication unless the contrary is proved.”

  9. #9 by Bigjoe on Friday, 17 August 2012 - 8:11 am

    If Tanda Putera is about the truth then the movie MUST call for the removal of 1971 Constitutional Amendment and allow others to make THEIR movie.

    Otherwise, it CAN NEVER, be the truth..

  10. #10 by negarawan on Friday, 17 August 2012 - 9:09 am

    I agree with comments above that legal action must be taken if elements of defamation is present in Tanda Putar. This movie is nothing but a cheap UMNO propaganda and is full of lies and deceit. The movie producer herself is of questionable integrity due to her suspicious comments on the movie contents and reason for delay of screening.

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