KUALA LUMPUR: Films promoting patriotism must convey positive messages and should not involve politics and religious issues that can stir up controversy, says MCA Youth.
"Patriotic films should be positive and should not involve politics and religious issues," said MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon (pic), referring to the film "The Malay Regiment".
A controversial scene in the film depicts a man standing near Parliament House outside his car bearing the number plate "DAP 165".
This is assumed to be a play on the word "DAPIGS", a term commonly used to disparage Opposition party DAP.
The film's creators said on Monday that they would follow the Communications and Multimedia Minister's request to remove the controversial scene.
The movie, which opens on Aug 31, is about three children who want to learn about the sacrifices of their grandfathers who served in the Malay Regiment while fighting against the communists in 1976.
Meanwhile, Chong said he is expecting more than 500 participants to attend the Patriotic Youth Assembly, which will be held at Petaling Street on Aug 11 at 7pm.
"There will be a series of programmes held as we celebrate the 60th Merdeka Day this year," Chong said.Highlights of the event include a special appearance of Malaysia's top badminton players Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Goh Liu Ying and performances by local artists Athena Beh and Yise.
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