KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial local film Tanda Putera, which depicts events leading up to and during the May 13 riots, will be shown in local cinemas on Aug 29, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
“It will be released on Aug 29,” he told reporters at the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas) centre here yesterday.
Ahmad said he had preferred for the film to be screened during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, which were expected to fall on Aug 8 and 9.
“People have been waiting for the film to come out.
“So, the sooner the better,” said the minister, who had previously called for Finas to publicly screen Tanda Putera.
Directed by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, the Cabinet had earlier held back the screening of the film, which focuses on the country’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
Produced in 2011 by Persona Pictures Sdn Bhd, the RM4mil film, which carries a PG13 rating, was supposed to be screened from Nov 15 last year.
Commenting on the date of the film’s release, Finas director-general Raja Rozaimie Raja Dal-nish Shah said two other movies – Adnan Sempit 3 as well as Lemak Kampung Santan – were set to be shown in local cinemas from Aug 8.
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