Monday, February 26, 2007

RTM To Show Contributions By Non-Malays In Independence Struggle. But Why Now?

Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) will show contributions by the non-Malays in the struggle for independence through a series of special programmes soon.

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said the programmes included exclusive interviews with non-Malay leaders in the effort to promote racial unity.

The special programmes would be shown in the form of documentaries and aimed at newer generations, he said.

"The new generation don't know much about the contributions of these people. We have many footages on their contributions that have never been shown on television," he told reporters after opening the national-level Quran recital assembly at the Kampung Meraga Mosque in Kijal Sunday night.

Zainuddin said RTM would also air patriotic songs containing elements from East Malaysia. "Presently, the patriotic songs aired are only from the Peninsula and none from Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

At the same time, RTM would also asked drama producers especially the non-Malays to produce dramas involving non-Malay actors and actresses but using Bahasa Malaysia, he said. (Bernama)

***** "We have many footages on their (non-Malay) contributions that have never been shown on television," Lord Zam said. Why was it not shown until now? Is there an unwritten rule or policy that non-Malay participation and achievement should be downplayed or worse, totally ignored? We all know that history as recited and propounded by the government is only half the truth. There is nothing worth mentioning about non-Malays in the official lopsided version of our independence. So if now suddenly Zam wants to telecast their contributions the inference is that something must be coming up soon, perhaps the general elections.

As the 50th anniversary of our Merdeka and possibly the elections draws closer you can be sure that more such patriotic stunts will be seen and the story of our 'struggle for independence' will be
milked dry by the authorities.



Anonymous Outsider said...

You ask "Why now?". Political pundits will answer that it is another sign that general elections can be expected in the not-too-distant future. You know as well as I do that the BN politicos require non-Malay votes to keep them in power. After they (BN politicos) are returned to power it will be back to business as usual - milking the rakyat for all their worth so they can to afford to buy yachts, mansions in Pandamaran and Australia, ranches in New Zealand etc.

11:59 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"," Lord Zam said. " haahhahahaha

i do think Lord Zam is trying his best within the constraints of gomen~~~

3:12 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annoucement: It's the time to fish! The 'bait' will be out soon!So, all UMNOputras speak kind words about the non-Malay from now on.

5:23 PM GMT+8  
Blogger walski69 said...

I can think of a few reasons.

1) It could be to show the nation what a magnanimous person he is, unlike his "the MPAJA were all Commies" stance earlier, in hopes that Malaysians "mudah lupa". In any case, he probably feels what he said was taken out of context (don't they all, in hindsight?).

2) Related to the ban on Amir Muhammad's "Apa Khabar Orang Kampung", and the earlier "Lelaki Komunis Terakhir". There is only one possible view of history, and it's his (i.e. the Govt-friendly one). Any alternative views must be distortion of "facts".

3) Despite all efforts, RTM's viewership is in the pits. And the pit's getting deeper. Tried to watch RTM recently? It STILL sucks. Showing dust-covered, archived documentaries will make RTM appealing overnight. Or so he thinks, anyway.

4) Because he simply is a muhibbah, caring kinda guy.

Okay, maybe not #4, but being that the Dark Lord's a wishy-washy character to begin with, whatever he comes up with doesn't surprise me anymore. For all you know, he'll later u-turn to say that they searched the archives and couldn't find any documentaries after all. And then blame it on irresponsible bloggers.

Who knows... it could happen.

4:02 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous smallVoice said...

Hey Zam, I say it would be very very recomondable to show it during the UMNO AGMs because many of its members do not know it or simply chose not to know it. But, we all know it, we are not as blind even when the government especially the Ministry of Information chooses not to show it (as Zam said it has never been shown before).

Far as I am concerned, the non-Malays, as Zam terms them, are dedicated Malaysians, faithful citizens to Malaysia. They prefer to be called Malaysians, not 'non-Malays'. Isn't it pathetic when our government and the ruling chieftain of the ruling coalitions reject their own identity: Malaysians after 50 years of Independence? Shame on you!

10:17 PM GMT+8  

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