Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sorry lah, Lim Kit Siang!

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On Friday, Pesona Pictures, the golems behind “Tanda Putera” apologized to DAP’s Lim Kit Siang over a photograph of the latter being manhandled by policemen – that was uploaded onto the movie’s photo album titled “Scenes depicted in the movie” on its official Facebook page sometime early last year – with a caption “Lim Kit Siang telah kencing di bawah tiang bendera Selangor di kediaman Menteri Besar Selangor” (Lim Kit Siang had urinated on the Selangor flag pole at the residence of the Selangor Menteri Besar) on May 13, 1969, the day racial riots spilled blood onto Malaysian streets. 

It finally summoned a bit of bravado and admitted that it had wronged Lim. And then it gave a glib excuse – it was an oversight! Pesona Pictures insouciantly clarified that “the publication thereof was purely an inadvertence, without any malice or bad faith intended”! They must think Malaysians are fools! 

Lim had last August called the caption a “wild and reckless lie”, saying that he was not even in Kuala Lumpur at that time. He had also claimed that the photograph used was from an unrelated 1984 incident in Sabah – it pertained to an incident at the Kota Kinabalu airport when he was denied entry into the state by immigration authorities.

Despite criticisms against the film’s fairness in its portrayal of the May 13 incident and the events surrounding it, Pesona said it was sticking to Tanda Putera’s contents.

And the film, which was released for public screening this August 29 still features the scene of an ethnic Chinese man urinating on a flagpole at the then-Selangor Menteri Besar Harun Idris’s residence.

On Thursday, the Malay Mail Online had reported that Yuen Yuet Leng, a former senior officer with the police Special Branch had said that the urination scene in the film was a complete fabrication. 

“I can also confirm with you, as I was on duty at the time, that the urination incident never happened”, Yuen clarified. He criticized Tanda Putera’s director Shuhaimi Baba for keeping the scene in the film, saying that it should have been researched properly to avoid sparking unnecessary tension.

Do you really think a ‘sorry’ is adequate? 

Yesterday, I featured superhero movie costumes – today, let’s examine the Top 10 Hilarious Superpowers:

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