Racism, not DAP, the number one enemy of the state, says Teresa Kok.
A movie supposedly about patriotism should encourage racial unity and harmony instead of painting a certain group in a negative light, says DAP MP Teresa Kok.
Commenting on the trailer of ‘Malay Regiment’, Kok said the film director, Jurey Latiff Rosli, should be reprimanded by the government for inserting a scene that made DAP appear as an enemy of the Malays and the state.
The scene in question depicts a Chinese man standing near the Parliament building next to a Mercedes-Benz with a number plate bearing ‘DAP165’, which is believed to be a play on the word ‘DAPigs’ – a derogatory term often used against the party.
The man is holding a book entitled ‘How to Rule the Country’ while a voice-over in Chinese says, “We don’t need to go to war, we just need to use our brains to control the economy.”
“Such a scene that runs down DAP should not be inserted into the movie at all, because it goes against the spirit of ‘1Malaysia’.
“When the country is celebrating its 60th anniversary, a movie on patriotism should promote racial unity, and not create conflicts, hatred and dissension in the country,” Kok said to FMT.
“DAP is not the enemy of the Malays and not an enemy of the state. Racism is the number one enemy that can destroy Malaysia.”
Yesterday, Communication and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak had asked the film makers to remove the scene, which he said was “disparaging”.
Kok commended Salleh for making the request, even before DAP itself.
Jurey has agreed to the minister’s request, saying the scene was only included in the trailer and not in the actual film.
“We will abide by the minister’s request. I am very loyal to the country. Whatever is for the good of Malaysians, I will abide by it,” said Jurey, who is also the producer of the film.
Asked about the licence plate, he said that there was no ulterior message behind it and insisted that it “just a number plate”, adding that as artists, it was their way of “delivering art”.
“The language of film is subjective. If you think it’s negative it will be negative. If you think it’s positive, it will be positive,” Jurey said, adding that the film was for all Malaysians.
Meanwhile, Syerleena Abdul Rashid, a DAP representative in the Penang city council said that although Jurey had denied attempting to portray the party in a negative light through the ‘DAP165’ scene, she believed it was meant to serve as a subliminal message to viewers.
“It’s hate-mongering, DAP and Chinese-bashing propaganda, similar to what we saw with ‘Tanda Putera’,” Syerleena said.
“I have relatives who served in the army and a grandfather who served as a policeman during the Malayan emergency. I find this (scene) repulsive and mind-numbingly obtuse.”
Syerleena was referring to a 2013 film which created controversy for allegedly stirring up racial sentiments over its depiction of the ethnic Chinese minority as the aggressors in the May 13, 1969, racial riot.
She said there were plenty of ways to foster a positive nation-building spirit.
However, she added that the film was clearly not one of the ways, as it appeared to serve as a “fascist propaganda that drives a wedge to further separate us from one another”.
“The world is changing. The majority of Malaysians are no longer interested in race-based politics and government-endorsed bigotry,” Syerleena added.
The film is slated to be screened on Aug 31 in conjunction with the Merdeka Day celebrations. It is about those who served in the Malay Regiment against the communists in 1976.