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Ministry of Communications and Information says:

NOT ALLOWED FOR ALL RATINGS (NAR)

  • Private screening of the film may be allowed. Whether a screening is private or not depends on several factors such as how the screening is planned and conducted and who attends it.
  • The rationale for the classification is explained to the film-maker. It is up to the film-maker to decide if he/she wants to re-work or edit the film and submit it for a fresh application.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

  • From 1948, the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) waged a campaign using violence and subversion to install a communist regime in Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Communist hit squads assassinated Singaporeans in broad daylight.
  • CPM infiltrated and took control of open organisations like student bodies and labour unions, using them to foment demonstrations, strikes and riots.

FORMER CPM MEMBERS ALLOWED TO RETURN

  • Former CPM members, including those featured in the film, were allowed to return as long as they acknowledged and accounted for their past actions.
  • Senior members P V Sarma and Eu Chooi Yip returned in 1991.

SIGNIFICANCE OF PUBLIC SCREENING

  • Condoning the use of violence and subversion in Singapore, thus harming national security.
  • Gross injustice to the men and women who braved violence and intimidation to stand up to the communists, especially those who lost their lives in the fight to preserve Singapore's security and stability.