On “Lelaki Komunis Terakhir” And “Senario Pemburu Emas Yamashita”

I thought the "Lelaki Komunis Terakhir" debacle would have ended already, the ban lifted and we all would be able to see the musical, documentary or whatever the film category might be. But apparently not. Invariably, the arguments against the movie seems to be emotionally driven. Irrationally emotionally driven if I may add. The movie title itself has caused some people to become utterly mad, it seems. And what if there were a lot of people died horrible death at the hands of the communist insurgents during the Emergency. History is filled with death and horror. Go write a book or direct a serious movie on it. Please, let us not forget this bad episode in Malaysia history.

Maybe "Lelaki" trivialized the painful memory of the atrocities committed during the Emergency? We don't know because we don't get the chance to see the movie!

Maybe "Lelaki" tried to show the human aspect of the "other" people of the Emergency by showing and talking to the these people from various places "touched" by Chin Peng, the Party Supremo? We cannot know this for sure because we don't get the chance to see the movie!

Let us see the movie and judge its worth for ourselves. If it is bad and of poor taste, shame on Amir Muhammad. For how long more must we be "saved" from "bad elements" by our "leaders"? Aren't we grown up already and have the capacity for critical thinking?

Maybe we should use the same argument to ban "Senario Pemburu Emas Yamashita" because the name "Yamashita" harked back to the horror of the Japanese invasion. Of course, I would love to see idiotic "Senario" slapstick movies ban for any reason whatsoever but that would be a different story.

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