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Film on ex-leftist leader Lim Hock Siew banned

MICA said the film "gives a distorted and misleading portrayal of Dr Lim's arrests and detention under the Internal Security Act in 1963". -myp

Tue, Jul 13, 2010
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A FILM on a former leftist leader and political detainee, Dr Lim Hock Siew, will be banned from tomorrow, for being "against the public interest", said the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts yesterday.

It said that the film by Martyn See, 41, "gives a distorted and misleading portrayal of Dr Lim's arrests and detention under the Internal Security Act in 1963".

"The Singapore Government will not allow individuals who have posed a security threat to Singapore's interests in the past, to use media platforms such as films to make baseless accusations against the authorities, give a false portrayal of their previous activities in order to exculpate their guilt, and undermine public confidence in the Government in the process," it added.

The film has been banned under Section 35(1) of the Films Act. Those who own or distribute a prohibited film can be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed up to two years.

A ban was slapped on Singapore Rebel, See's documentary on opposition figure Chee Soon Juan, in 2005, but this was lifted in March last year.

Another of See's films, Zahari's 17 Years, on former political detainee Said Zahari, was banned in 2007.


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