Piss off, Tanda Putera filmmakers!

By P Ramakrishnan | 12 August 2012

It is a wonder how the makers of the film, Tanda Putera, raked up an incident in our history that had never been documented or talked about. In fact, such an incident never even took place!

Yet, the producer-director, Shuhaimi Baba, claims that the events depicted in the movie are based on established truth. “My team and I did a lot of research, such as studying documented materials and photographs, to make sure the scenes were backed by historical facts,” she asserted on 4 August 2012.

But where was it documented and by whom that Lim Kit Siang had urinated on the flagpole (in the compound of) the Selangor Menteri Besar’s residence while at the same time shouting a racial slur? Which photographer captured this alleged despicable act being committed?

We need to ask some simple questions:

  • Can anyone just wander into the Menteri Besar’s residence, pee on the flagpole and quietly walk away?

  • Isn’t the Meneri Besar’s residence gated and guarded?

  • If this incident had actually taken place, why hadn’t anyone mentioned it over the last 43 years? Was it classified under the OSA?

  • If Kit Siang had committed this unmentionable act, wouldn’t they have finished him off politically long ago? He wouldn’t have survived this alleged sordid episode! No sane person would have supported him!

  • How could this incident have taken place when Kit Siang had irrevocably established the fact that he was not in Kuala Lumpur on 11–13 May 1969?

  • Was Kit Siang a delinquent or educationally subnormal or mentally deranged to have committed this shameful act?

  • Knowing Kit Siang, would anyone believe that he would be that foolhardy to commit this insane act?

The answers to these questions are simple and straightforward. This incident could not have taken place at all! Shuhaimi Baba should not attempt to apply artistic licence to an episode that is as serious and dangerous as the nation’s bloody 13 May 1969 riots!

Kit Siang is known to have walked the straight path of decency by observing the norms of good conduct. Without such an unblemished record it would not have been possible for him to have remained as the longest-serving Opposition Leader in our parliamentary democracy.

But why is this incident – without doubt a figment of the imagination – projected as something that has taken place to denigrate and degrade him?

Is it because – as many tend to think – the DAP has evolved into a formidable force posing the fiercest challenge to the BN by threatening to wipe out the MCA? Is it because of this fear that the makers of this film have chosen to be part of this political ploy to save Umno?

It is despicable that lies are being invented and history is being distorted to serve selfish interests to preserve power and position.

This disgraceful conduct also poses a challenge to the electorate: Are we going to condone lies and deceit or will we have the moral courage to punish the BN – or more specifically Umno – for this unforgivable lie and rotten conduct at the 13th General Election?
P Ramakrishnan, the immediate past president of Aliran, now serves on the Aliran executive committee

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Monday, 13 August 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Again, the issue is not whether its full of lies, it is. Suhaimi Baba and the work is not important. The issue really is its state-sanctioned AND sponsored lies.

    At the root of it is Constitutional Amendment of 1971 – when it was forbidden to discuss the subject, nothing was put in place to prevent the lies. When you look back and see that the lies had already started even before the Amendment was put in place, how is it we could have been so foolish to let it the way it has for so long?

    It is said that we enjoy the wisdoms of our forebears BUT we bear the burden of their failures. Face it, our parents screwed up and now we have to clean up their mess.

  2. #2 by Saint on Monday, 13 August 2012 - 3:51 pm

    DAP has teamed with PAS and that is the greatest danger to UMNO. It cannot disgrace the politicians from PAS, so they are going after LKS. But this will backfire on them as usual.

  3. #3 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Monday, 13 August 2012 - 4:37 pm

    If it did take place, then ummo at that time surely had the man in its grasp. With so many police officers in tie (??) and sporting hippie harido (huh??) and in immigration uniform (wtf??) present, LKS at that time was a piece of dead meat.

    So ppl, it looks like umno is now afraid of all sorts of stuff like water bottles, salt, little boys (for they could start riots) and now urine.

    Hoi cintanegara, you hero nampak macam running out of idea lah.

  4. #4 by undertaker888 on Monday, 13 August 2012 - 6:18 pm

    The more they lie, the more people will reject MCA. They are foregone conclusion. The title that befits this lying movie is Tanda Putar (Twisted Sign). Putar belit.

  5. #5 by negarawan on Monday, 13 August 2012 - 8:50 pm

    Sue the makers of Tanda Putar!

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Monday, 13 August 2012 - 10:23 pm

    Shuhaimi Baba’s lying tactics are typical those of rogue Third World leaders. The developed world has long abandoned such tactics knowing that they would not achieve anything.

  7. #7 by PoliticoKat on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 10:21 pm

    Back in the 1969, LKS was even more buffed than the likes of Bruce Lee. And was the last living disciple of of the Any Thing goes martial arts.

    While the MB house was guarded and gated, LKS fought his way through the many guards, and tore through the iron fence with only his bare hands. Nothing could stop the man. The entire May13 even was just one big fight to stop LKS as he went amok through the streets of KL, Incredible Hulk style.

    So physically menacing was LKS that for the next 40 year, that entire incident was classified an S level secret (see Naruto for other similar S level techniques.)

    The government lived in fear that LKS would become ‘angry’. And nobody likes the Hulk when he is angry.

    Only now, that LKS is old and aged that the BN government has become brave enough to declassified this S level secret.

    Thus we now learn the real reason behind May13. It wasn’t a UMNO inspired racial riot where most of dead where chinese, and thus used as an excuse to depose PM Tunku Abdul Rahman. It was LKS running amok in KL, screaming “Hulk smash!”

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