THE portrayal of the May 13 riots in the controversial film Tanda Putera is necessary to educate youths about the need for different races to live in harmony, said Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin D’cruz.
He said the Government believed historical events should be depicted in a realistic manner given the level of maturity of the current youths.
“Even if depicting the May 13 incident touches on racial sensitivities, it is an important reminder to everyone on the need for racial harmony,’’ he told Loh Gwo-Burne (PKR-Kelana Jaya) during Question Time.
Loh had asked the ministry why the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) had funded the movie which depicted the May 13, 1969, racial riots.
Maglin denied allegations that the film contained racist undertones, which might have a negative impact on viewers.
“As the movie itself has not yet been screened in cinemas, it is too early to say there are racist elements in it,’’ he said.
He revealed that the ministry, through Finas, allocated RM2.7mil to finance the movie under Syarikat Pesona Pictures Sdn Bhd, as part of its initiative to support the production of local patriotic films.
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