PKR sees a racist agenda in film segregation

Fahmi-Fadzil

PETALING JAYA: PKR today lashed out at the 28th Malaysian Film Festival Awards (FFM28), saying that Chiu Keng Guan’s Ola Bola and Shanjhey Kumar Perumal’s Jagat should be judged solely on artistic merit and culture as well as the ability to discuss unity and not be based on language alone.

“To only see a film from the language point of view only widens the gap between us, when in fact it should be bringing us closer together.

“The FFM’s refusal  to accept both films raises the question of whether or not the criteria used to determine the category of films preaches discrimination and anti-1Malaysia,” said PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil in a statement today.

PKR Youth’s Jestin Raj Savarimuthu shared Fahmi’s sentiments, describing the exclusion of the two movies as a “racist agenda” trying to cause division. Many parties have expressed their dissatisfaction with the exclusion.

“Both films have become so popular. It gives new life to Malaysians to maintain the spirit of Malaysia,” Jestin said in a statement.

The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and the Malaysian Film Producers Association have said that the separation of award categories in the FFM was meant to uphold the national language in local films.

Finas director-general Kamil Othman had previously told Malay Mail Online that the national film agency has made it a policy for locally-made films to emphasise at least “70 per cent” Bahasa Malaysia usage in their scripts.