Join us on Facebook Live as we speak to director Victor Chin about the making of the documentary film ‘Five Tigers’, featured at the FreedomFilmFest in 2018. Learn more about the story of three women of the suppressed Malayan Labour Party and the human ties behind the facts of history, as well as the process of making the film and the art of cinematic narrative.
This building, at the foot of the Fraser’s Hill, Pahang, was known as the Gap rest house and restaurant, but it is now abandoned. In October 1951, at the height of the Malayan Emergency War ( 1948-1960), not far from here, along the Kuala Kubu Road, the Malayan National Liberation army (MNLA) ambushed and killed Sir Henry Gurney, the British High Commissioner. It was the MNLA’s greatest victory, at that time, in the many battles against the British forces in Malaya. The British had been brutal against the local population; using search and destroy tactics, burning homes and crops, by forcing about 500,000 of them into over 400 concentration camps, thousands of deportations, tortures, imprisonments and killings, not to mention the heavy areal bombings using agent orang. Many anti British resistance groups, in the British Empire, at that time, would have done the same.
To day, 4 May, is the 50 anniversary of the death of Lim Sun Seng, he was 23 years old. On that day he and some comrades from the Labour Party were out putting up political posters for the 1969 General Election in the Kepong area in Kuala Lumpur. There was an incident with the police when the group was putting up their posters and Lim was shot in the head from the back by the police. Lim’s death brought tens of thousands out on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on 9 May. Many of those who were marching behind the coffin that day was present today. There was also a book launch to commemorate the history of many of our Malaysian local heroes.
A group of friends and relatives at the cemetery
A moment of silence
The people at the cemetery
Fifty years ago the funeral in Kuala Lumpur street
On 10 December, International Human Rights Day, 2014, Rakan Mantin were among the six nominees, nominated by public members, for the Suaram Human Rights Award . The others were Dapur Jalanan, The Transgender Community of Seremban, Sisters in Islam, Persatuan Mahasiswa Universiti Malaya 2013/2014, and Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy. We’re proud to be among just minded friends.
Malaysia after 57 years of Independence, almost 2 generations of its non-Malay citizens had suffered immeasurable emotional, economic and educational disadvantages. This is unconstitutional. It’s racism.