Power and The Arts

By Tricia Yeoh

September 2012 STATES OF REFORM
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The arts are powerful tools of expression. The impact of a film or a song can be so significant that governments find it hard to stay away. Finding a balance between encouraging the arts but without politicising them is a difficult but necessary duty.As the heated controversies over the recent movie “Tanda Putera” which depicted the May 13, 1969 riots demonstrates (even before being publicly screened), art can have a tremendous impact on the national psyche. The movie was accused...

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Tricia Yeoh

has previously worked with the Selangor state government and is now attached to a market research consultancy.