THE INTERLOK AFFAIR
“Interlok”, which is part of the Form Five Bahasa Malaysia syllabus in government schools, raised the ire of Indian and Chinese groups in 2011 for using the word “pariah” and for depicting Chinese characters as greedy, opium-smoking lechers.
Then Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam reportedly said in December 2011 that “Interlok” would be dropped from the Form Five syllabus in 2012.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, however, said in 2011 that the government would not remove the controversial book from the school syllabus.
Remember the Hindraf 6, the pioneers of “Haramkan Interlok” movement
I have used Interlock, which is the English name for the novel, as the title for this Post.
A 13-series drama may be coming out!
Are ‘Tanda Putera’ and the dramatised ‘Interlok’ designed to “punish” Chinese and Indians who had voted against BN in the 13th general election?
Interlok TV series okay, minus contentious words’
There should be no problems coming up with the serialised TV drama based on the controversial book ‘Interlok’ as it will not involve any contentious words.
According to the Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek (left), he said that adaptations from a book to a film or TV series are unlikely to include every part of the book.
“The issue with Interlok is certain words used in it, not the storyline, theme etc.
“I will monitor this to see how far it has raised anxieties, but there are no problems with it so far,” he said.
‘Interlok’, a book by National Laureate Abdullah Hussein, caused an uproar when it was introduced as the text for the Bahasa Malaya literature component for Form Five students.
DAP seeks halt to ‘Interlok’ TV shoot, ‘Tanda Putera’ screening
KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — The DAP urged Putrajaya today to ditch plans to turn the controversial novel “Interlok” into a television drama and to screen “Tanda Putera” in cinemas, amid heightened racial tension after Election 2013.
Indian group National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT) was reported by news portal Free Malaysia Today yesterday as saying that state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) was planning to produce a television drama series based on “Interlok” in the near future.
“Is it true that the Interlok’s return is to teach the Chinese and Indians a lesson for not supporting BN (Barisan Nasional) in the just concluded general election?” said DAP national vice-chairman M. Kulasegaran in a statement.
“Let me warn the BN government that if it takes a position to punish the voters for not supporting BN in the general election, then there will definitely be a stronger Malaysian tsunami against BN in the next general election,” he added.
With the possibility that Interlock may return as a drama, let us be reminded of the sacrifices made by the famous Hindraf 6, who were prosecuted but finally freed of all charges.
Are their sacrifices to be in vain?
The following appeared in my Post Ipoh Hindraf 6: Free at last! But at what price?
The HINDRAF 6 were P. Ramesh, Mogan, Vijayalingam, Subramaniam, Jayakumar and Sivakumar.
DPP Ariff Firman Muhammad Sidek led the prosecution team while the accused were being represented by Augustine Anthony and Amani Williams-Hunt (Bah Tony). Nurul Fareha Zainal Abidin was the presiding magistrate.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Free At Last!
The pioneers of “Haramkan Interlok” movement now known as the famous “Hindraf 6” who were charged in Ipoh Magistrate court in 2010 for being part of an outlawed movement were finally freed yesterday 11th April 2013.
From the start of the case in 2010, our position as counsels in court was that “The Hindraf 6” have rights under Article 10 of The Federal Constitution that guarantees freedom of association.
It has been my pleasure defending those who defend the sanctity of our Federal Constitution. My role as counsel for the “Hindraf 6” is insignificant and small considering the enormous hardship that they have suffered all this while upholding the citizen’s rights, among others the freedom of association enshrined under The Federal Constitution.
It is my hope that Malaysian society will always remember their contribution for a better civil society in this country.
The government is allegedly providing RM1 million for a 13-episode dramatised version of the novel ‘Interlok’ that is expected to be aired by RTM, claimed National Indian Rights Action Team (Niat).
This is despite the government’s decision to withdraw the contentious novel as a Malay literature textbook in December 2011, said Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim (right).
“We thought the issue is over, but RTM is to broadcast a (Malay) drama series using the storyline from this book. What’s the agenda behind this?” he said at a press conference today.
Niat has confirmed the information with the production manager who is to shoot the drama, as well as two actors involved, he said.
Thasleem demanded the immediate cancellation of shooting, which will begin by July 1, or Niat will carry out a series of actions to disrupt shooting.