Monday, March 30, 2009

Banned film hits 40,000 views on Internet

Singapore Democrats
Sunday, 29 March 2009

A video made by Mr Seelan Palay about the dictatorial control of Singapore has attracted wide viewership on the Internet. Entitled One Nation Under Lee, the 40-minute film also features interviews with the late J B Jeyaretnam and former solicitor-general Mr Francis Seow.

Released last May, the documentary has been viewed more than 40,000 times on YouTube. It has also been screened in film festivals in other countries, especially Malaysia where it toured four states as the featured Singapore film in the Freedom Film Festival 2008.

It was first screened in Singapore at the Excelsior Hotel. Even though the event was a private one and only invited guests were allowed, officials from the Media Development Authority nevertheless forced their way into the function and demanded that the film and the projector be handed over. (See Part I and Part II of MDA gatecrash.)

Since then One Nation Under Lee has been banned by the Government. Nevertheless, the film has been widely disseminated on the Internet as viewers forward it to their friends.

Singapore continues to retain the Films Act, which governs the importing, making, distributing or exhibiting of films. Local filmmaker Martyn See, who has had two films banned by authorities because of their political content, called the law "regressive".

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why does tiny Singapore need 2 Senior Ministers, 2 Deputy Prime Ministers,
1 Minister Mentor and 3 Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Office?

Why does tiny Singapore need 2 Senior Ministers, 2 Deputy Prime Ministers,
1 Minister Mentor and 3 Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Office?

Anonymous said...

Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, sorry I meant Lee Hsien Loong, has “reshuffled his Cabinet” to carry out “leadership renewal”. When “leadership renewal” is mentioned, the first thought in most people’s minds will be the retirement of several old leaders, and new blood being brought up.

Unfortunately, for Singapore’s politics, retirement of leaders usually means becoming Senior Minister.

Prime Minister’s Office just got more bloated.

Ganga said...


Good documentary with pertinent questions raised, thank you.