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Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 7:37:33 AM
by sira habibu
PETALING JAYA: The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) has taken the DAP-led Penang government to task over the Chief Minister’s attitude towards the screening of Tanda Putera.
This follows an advisory by the state government to cinemas in Penang not to screen the movie, which Lim Guan Eng considered a tool to “malign and demonise” the Chinese community.
In a joint statement here yesterday, CIJ coordinator Ahmad Fuad Rahmat and programme officer Simitha Singam said while Lim had claimed he merely advised against the film’s screening “it is evident the initial letter from the legal adviser had directed cinemas in the state against screening the film”.
“CIJ views the ambivalence of the Penang government’s attitude towards the film ‘Tanda Putera’ with much worry,” they said, reacting to Lim’s objection to the screening of the movie that depicted the May 13, 1969 racial riots.
CIJ also hit out at the police for seizing an artwork by painter Anurendra Jegadeva (Anu J) at the M50 Happy Malaysia Day art exhibition on Aug 29, for allegedly insulting Islam.
The artwork, among others, featured a flag with red and white stripes, skull, crossbones and Quranic words.
The artwork also had the inscription “I for Idiot” and depicted a chimpanzee in a helmet and a jacket riding on a bicycle against the backdrop of a military pilot with the words “Mission Accomplished”.
CIJ said Anu J’s work was not insulting to Islam and that the artist had clarified the features on his artwork were creative references to the Iraq war waged by the United States.
CIJ also questioned why the M50 organisers rejected works by landscape artist Ng Sek San, the brainchild behind a so-called Malaysian Spring street art campaign in the run-up to the 13th general election.
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Politics, Religion, Tanda Putera, DAp. Lim Guan Eng, CIJ, Anu J, Iraq war
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