‘And it is a pity, when individuals are not able to differentiate between historical data, facts, figures, documentary evidence, reality and a film made for commercial peak!’ – Dr Jacob George
Consumerist: 80’s Kedah ‘Death By Starvation Issue’ – Receiving Apologies After 30 Years!
My last blog posting on the above incident received many positive feedbacks and apologies, from three close confidants, who ‘hammered me away’ at the height of that controversy!
They had thought I had ‘sold out’, especially when they knew my very close ties to the then Kedah State government led by the late Syed Nahar Bin Tun Syed Sheh Shahabuddin and his successor Osman Aroff.
Now, they know the truth and what urged me to go into ‘micro managing’ that sad episode, more than 3 decades ago!
Yes, Syed Nahar was extremely close to me and more like a ‘father figure!’
And as far as I was concerned, he was one of the best Menteri Besar, we have had there.
Honest, competent, visionary and professional!
He suffered not fools, idiots and ass kisses!
And yes, I do miss him lots!
I still remember our last and final meeting at the Langkawi Airport in the 90s!
And I see that as a run up to a certain political party’s soon to have elections and assembly, many statements are already coming out!
And they look pretty racist!
It is pretty stupid that one has to go down ‘so low’ to try to win political accolades for themselves or strategizing positions for themselves or others, for their children by targeting another group of people, who are not in a position to hit back.
It is pathetic really!
And I want to ask the same question that was asked by a former Malaysian premier when he had his outburst with his once ‘trusted lieutenant’ – asking him – ‘how much is enough?’
Just as we are trying to ‘limp out’ – a badly managed flash point, that is the ‘SK Seri Pristana’, I notice a ‘persona non grata’ is now trying to ‘make a name for himself’ by addressing what certainly he knows will have a political backlash!
And he has hit out at the upcoming release of the film ‘The New Village’ that he claims glorifies communism.
Really, in today’s enlightened society and global village?
I am advised that the censorship board received a review application from the producers on September 6th last year, it was viewed and censored by a team of three from the said board three days later!
And a Certificate of Admittance A ( permission to screen) was also issued on November 9th last year!
Inexplicable to be noted is that movie was rated as “lulus Bersih” (no censorship) with a P13 classification.
Interestingly, the said censor felt that the scenes in the movie contained action shots which were not overdone to maintain the story flow!
Now where is its flaw?
Is some racist journalist who has a history and track record of ‘apartheid trend racism’ and others aspiring politicians, predators and shenanigans going to benchmark morality and what Malaysians can and cannot see now?
You have just abused and disgraced the said censorship board now with this kind and continued branding of racist policy making, where repeatedly, a racist individual ‘starts a fire’ in a vernacular newspaper which is not authenticated and others join the band wagon and create an unnecessary controversy – yet again!
And it is a pity when individuals are not able to differentiate between historical data, facts, figures, documentary evidence, reality and a film made for commercial pea
Perhaps, that is the pandemic facing certain Malaysian politicians in Malaysia!
An sadly, it is all happening in a month that is to be spent most importantly, rededicating our lives by giving up immoral ways and vice, to be tolerant, sacrificial, in prayer, have faith, reflection, fasting, show goodwill and glorifying the ALMIGHTY!