With all the controversies surrounding the ‘flagpole’ incident in the movie Tanda Putera, let me say this : the ‘flagpole’, in my opinion, is the most insignificant part of the story. In this modern era of FB, Twitter, etc, where alleged slanderous materials are aplenty and swiftly disseminated, I believe the issue here is ‘siapa yang makan cili….’. Tanda Putera is about the heroism of Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Dr Ismail – their struggles, determination and sacrifice for the good of the nation.
Let’s be honest here : if I were a certain political party member, I would be more curious and worried about the many rocket logo pasted everywhere during the first 20 minutes or so of the show. I believe many who dared to be in the cinema would have felt quite uncomfortable to see the communists and extremists inciting the Chinese to hate the Malays, and the deaths and violence that ensued. Some in the audience may be enraged and some, in denial, that’s normal reaction. But that should be all – discomfit at looking at the past. Because it is the past – a history, a lesson. Don’t tell us it didn’t happen. One flagpole incident does not make the entire story a fiction. Continue reading