SHAH ALAM: The people should be allowed to watch historical movies like Tanda Putera and The New Village and make their own decisions about it, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"If they want to ban Tanda Putera, they should ban both movies.
"If they want to show the movie, they should show both. Then, people can
make up their minds," he said during a press conference here Thursday when asked his opinion on the decision to screen controversial film Tanda Putera.
Directed by Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba, the film depicts the events leading up to the May 13, 1969 riots, focusing on Malaysia’s second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
The New Village, meanwhile, is set against the backdrop of 1950s British
rule in Malaya, and depicts a love story between a village girl and a young communist guerrilla, offering a glimpse into the lives of Chinese citizens during the Malayan emergency.
Dr Mahathir, during the press conference also reiterated his stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), saying that it could push the country into another financial crisis.
"I hope the government will not accept the TPPA because it will mean that we would no longer have currency control. It may result in another currency crisis," he said.
He added that the country was now experiencing a very high deficit.
"We have always had a surplus since 1998.
"We have to cut down on local expenditure. We cannot spend too much, especially money we don't have," he said.
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