TUESDAY, 18 MAY 2010
Four days before the Sibu by-election, on the 12th of May 2010, 243 video compact discs (VCDs) produced by Pusat KOMAS were seized by the Sibu police in a 4pm raid at a house in Jalan Bruang, Sibu. The film is the latest KOMAS production, a 36-minute documentary entitled “Selepas Tsunami” or After the Tsunami.
Speaking to the press Sarawak CID chief SAC II Huzir Mohamed said the contents of the Iban language VCD was seditious in nature. Along with the VCDs, so called ‘campaign’ pamphlets were seized as well.
Click here & view the BERNAMA news report on the incident.
As of the writing of this report, the VCDs are still being held by the police for further investigation. It was speculated that the Sibu police had seize the VCDs to stop its distribution and the possibility of it influencing the voting behavior of the constituents in the recently concluded by-election last Sunday.
KOMAS would like to state clearly that the VCD film was produced as part of a series of educational tools used in its Voter and Citizenship Education Programme, and it is not a campaign material as claimed by the police. Media tools such as these are designed to educate the general public about their voter rights to a free and fair election.
Click here for more info. Since its inception on 1993, KOMAS has been engaged in election monitoring.
“Selepas Tsunami” was produced by the ‘Big Pictures Production’ for Pusat KOMAS to highlight the aftermath of the 8th of March, 12th general elections and to depict the power of the ‘rakyat’ in affecting change in the nation.
The documentary is now online for viewing. Watch it and make your own conclusion whether it is seditious or not! Please pass the link around and share it with your family and friends. You can also upload it on your personal websites or blog.
View or download for free hi-res Selepas Tsunami (subtitled in BM and English) on:
Blip.tv in 3 Parts
Alternatively, you can view the documentary in youtube in four parts at (courtesy of (DNBN2012 channel):
What others say about Selepas Tsunami:
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Selepas Tsunami is also available in Mandarin, Tamil, and Iban language. Please contact Pusat KOMAS +603-7968 5415 to purchase the VCDs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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