This is really a breath of fresh air. I want to congratulate and thank Martyn See (http://singaporerebel.blogspot.com) for pushing one of the many boundaries so hard until it finally broke to free the rest us. He has done so at great personal risk - going through 16 months of police investigations and threats of presecution for violating the Film Act.
His film Zahari’s 17 Years,remains banned under Section 35(1) of the Films Act for being contrary to the public interest. Only the (PAP) minister can lift the ban. If you watch have seen the film which consists mainly of Zahari giving his own account of what happened to him in the 60s when he was detained during Operation Coldstore, it is hard to understand how it is contrary to public interest when it is about his own detention experience ....so the account of Operation Coldstore in "Men in White" is acceptable but Zahari's account is not? The PAP govt still chooses the version of history it wants us to believe...
Home > Breaking News > Singapore > Story Sep 11, 2009
THE ban has been lifted on political film Singapore Rebel, which was passed by the censors with a M18 rating that prohibits people below 18 from viewing it. It is the first political film to get the go-ahead after the Films Act was amended in March, to lift the blanket ban on all political films. This move comes four years after the film - which is about opposition figure Chee Soon Juan - was banned in 2005. The Political Films Consultative Committee (PFCC), having reviewed the film, views 'Singapore Rebel' as a documentary film falling within the statutory exclusion set out in the Films Act and should therefore not be regarded as a party political film. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8057768553173785296#