Putrajaya thinks nothing of splurging RM55m for a Youth Day celebration even as a village school has to wait eight years for a new school block, observes Steven Sim.
Why this urgency to cram in school staff meetings into the last week of the year, when everyone else is on holiday and in the festive mood, wonders Blue Christmas.
Gadoh, a film produced by Komas, tells a story of a group of teenagers who fought each other along racial lines – a cycle of hatred and violence further escalated by their environment and school system.
What was to be a quick resolution to improve the school’s bad image was taken as an opportunity for one teacher who believed that real change was possible. She ropes in the help of an old friend and reluctant maverick theater activist for this arduous task.
Is there hope amidst the cycle of discrimination that surrounds us?
Watch Gadoh for their story and what it may very well tell us about ourselves.
Movie Info: Duration: 70 mins
Director: Brenda Danker, Namron
Producer: Anna Har Production
Company: Big Pictures Productions
Supported by Pusat KOMAS
Starring: Namron, Nicholas Liew Davis, Zahiril Adzim, Amerul Affendi and Maya Tan Abdullah
Language: Bahasa Malaysia with English/BM subtitles
Poster design by: Alexdrina Chong, Lucid Design Collaborative Studio
Official Home Page: komas.org/gadoh/
Our correspondent was shocked when her daughter revealed that her school had two timetables for her and her classmates – one for the Muslims and the other for the non-Muslims. Is this 1Malaysia, she wonders.
Aliran is perturbed
that the Penang State Deputy Director of Education, who is a civil
servant, instead of discharging his duties pertaining to education,
has unfortunately directed his attention to matters of politics. This
is conduct unbecoming of a civil servant and must be condemned in no
We have learnt that
he has instructed heads of schools in Penang to “play safe” and
not invite State Government leaders and other elected representatives as VIPs and guests of honour to grace or officiate