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Movies and reality — Lim Sue Goan

January 02, 2013

JAN 2 — I watched two movies before the end of 2012 and the inspiration they brought would never go out of date, even in the new year.

I believe that anyone who watched Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee would have their own impressions and views as there are too many implications and hidden meanings in the movie. I do not want to make it so complicated, but just wish to stress that a person’s beliefs or convictions can be infinitely expanded.

If Pi did not follow any religion and did not believe in the existence of God, he could not have confronted a Bengal tiger and drifted in the Pacific Ocean for 227 days.

He believed that God would come to save him and that caused him not to give up hope. He was fearful of the tiger, but the tiger was also his driving force to live.

The story of Pi is actually similar to real life situations. Everyone needs belief to overcome adversity and crisis. If you were Pi, what would you believe in? Would you believe that a vessel would appear, a huge turtle would surface or a big bird would fly to you?

You might have encountered setbacks last year or might fall into a low ebb in 2013. However, as long as you do not give up, there are always reasons to carry on.

Those who counted down outside the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) and those who counted down at Dataran Merdeka also have their own belief. The former cares for the country and the next generation while the latter hopes for a better year.

The US White House and the Republicans sealed a deal on the fiscal cliff crisis on New Year’s Day, showing that there are always solutions for everything, even amidst political chaos, economic turmoil, unsettled public sentiments and frequent natural disasters.

In the world of Pi, there was no contradiction among religions. He could live peacefully with “fear”. Could we do that in real life?

Of course, the 2012 highest grossing movie in Hong Kong Cold War is a different movie genre compared to Pi. It can be served as a reference book for the law enforcement agencies of Malaysia.

The movie begins with a highjack in which a fully loaded police van carrying the force’s most advanced equipment and five highly trained officers has disappeared off the grid, intensifying the confrontation between rival Deputy Commissioners Sean Lau, portrayed by Aaron Kwok, and Waise Lee, portrayed by Tony Leung Ka-fai. The confrontation led the police force into an unprecedented crisis and later led to the intervention of the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

It is, of course, a movie plot. In reality, however, there are indeed factions in the police force. For instance, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan claimed that Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar just wanted to be a nice guy and allowed political interference in the police force. He also accused some senior police officers of having close relationships with sinister gangs.

At this moment, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should intervene and investigate Musa Hassan’s allegations, just like the movie’s plot.

In the movie, Secretary for Security, portrayed by Andy Lau, stated that there was no need for the ICAC to request instructions from anyone before launching an investigation on the alleged power abuse involving senior police officers, bringing out the spirit of the rule of law that maintains the stability of Hong Kong.

Malaysian law enforcement agencies should learn such a spirit of the rule of law. The ICAC is free to investigate senior police officers and law enforcement agencies mutually check and balance. It is the basis of integrity and the rule of law in Hong Kong.

Does the MACC enjoy such an independent status and prestige? Hopefully, the MACC can perform us a good show in 2013.

We can find humanities in movies as life is like a movie and movies portray life. —

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.