Fighting Shumi. Award-winning Shuhaimi Baba, fondly known as Shumi (but not to Rais Yatim, I guess, and, hell no, not to Kit Siang, I am certain) is having to fight both the Information Minister and the Opposition leader. Rais Yatim is being difficult about the release of the movie while Kit Siang has got Kua Kia Soong to bark at Shumi. Unfortunately for Kua, Shumi isn't afraid of him. In Feisty Shumi fought back Kua, but where's Tandaputera promo? by the blogger A Voice, Shuhaimi Baba barks back at Kit Siang's machai, and by golly, I think she makes a better, smarter fighter than many of the politicians out there! Shumi, however, has a stronger adversary in Rais ...
I read about this "ex-Mara student" coming out to say that YB Lim Kit Siang could not have urinated on a flag pole in front of the Selangor MB's house during the May 13, 1969 racial riots. Aside from the fact that the article was published by The Edge, a financial daily, the thing that struck me as funny is that the ex-Mara student is a 64 year old man!
Ahmad Habib was 21 years old when the racial riots erupted. When the clashes happened, he boarded the wrong bus and later went into hiding for 8 hours in a house in Lorong Raja Uda and later went over to the MB's house to seek help. The young man must have been scared shit and confused but he was certain Kit Siang didn't pee there that day. His eye-witness account in Ex-Mara Student Refutes May 13 allegation against Kit Siang h e r e.
First thing first, the article should NOT have described Ahmad Habib as an ex-Mara student. Ahmad Habib should be quoted as a DAP supporter or a pensioner or an ex-civil servant or whatever it was that he did after he had graduated, not as "ex-Mara student".
Why then did the article quote him as an "ex-Mara student"? Obviously, someone at The Edge saw the need to show that a Malay (Mara is associated with Malay/Bumiputera) is throwing his support for Kit Siang and the DAP. If Ahmad Habib has always been one of the few non-Chinese DAP supporters, his eye-witness account count for much, would it? Hence, the use of "Mara" in the story.
Other than the obvious spin on Mara, what also struck me is the fact that Kit does go to great lengths to clear his name on the May 13 racial riots. We know that his party, the DAP, has always seem uncomfortable - and defensive, even - when discussions on May 13 zoom in to the question of "Who Started It?". But did the movie suggest that it was Kit Siang who did the "funny business" in front of the MB's residence 43 years ago?
I had the privilege of previewing Shuhaimi Baba's Tanda Putera sometime back and came away impressed with an effective and moving portrayal two great Malaysian leaders - Tun Razak and Tun Dr Ismail - in one movie. I came away feeling I knew both men better now. I came away appreciating the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers had to go through and had to make for us.
In the movie, there may have been a scene of a man peeing at a flagpole or a tree or on his own shoes but if it isn't for Kit Siang who has so incessantly insisted he did not such thing - and now this ex-Mara student coming out of hiding to tell us not what he saw but what he did not see! - I would have totally forgotten it!