Don't stifle freedom of expression, DAP told

Don't stifle freedom of expression, DAP told
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak together with MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (right).

PETALING JAYA - The DAP came under fire for trying to stifle freedom of expression by forcing cinemas not to screen the patriotic film Tanda Putera.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the move by the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who is also DAP secretary-general, exposes the party’s true colours as it does not practice the democracy it preaches.

DAP should not undermine the intelligence of the people and deprive them of their right to form their own opinion, he said.

“While on one hand they (DAP) champion freedom of expression, on the other hand they are forcing cinemas not to screen the recently released movie,” he said.

Dr Chua was responding to Lim’s call to cinemas in Penang not to screen the Tanda Putera movie.

“He (Lim) should not deny the Penang people of a chance to watch the movie and draw their own conclusions rather than him making up the minds for the people,” said Dr Chua.

Dr Chua said Lim was casting aspersions and shooting absurdities despite not having watched the movie.

“The people should be allowed to decide for themselves whether Tanda Putera depicts the real May 13 incident or otherwise,” he said.

Dr Chua said Lim claimed the movie incited racial hatred, “but, the speeches of some DAP leaders have been known to inflame the hatred of the Chinese towards other ethnic groups”.

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