Saturday, May 06, 2006

Looking forward to watching Chin Peng film

I've received several emails from friends in Singapore and Hong Kong telling me that they have seen my fellow Malaysian Amir Muhammad's semi-musical documentary film Lelaki Komunis 'Terakhir', featuring the life journey of Chin Peng from youth to the present and interviews with former guerilla fighters in their current village in South Thailand. I cannot respond to their comments yet because I have not seen it.

According to earlier news reports in Malaysia, the film has been approved by the Film Censorship Board (LPF) with no cuts and is slated to meet audiences in three cinemas in mid-May.

I am certainly looking forward eagerly to watching the film. I am sure many Malaysians are also looking forward to experiencing the well-known semi-musical directed by fellow citizen Amir although Chin Peng himself does not appear in it.

However, it seems that there is still quixotic and paranoiac resistance to the film being shown in public in Malaysia even after it has been formally approved by the relevant authority as evidenced by a recent series of negative reports and op-ed pieces in one of Umno's Malay-language mouthpieces.

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