I had some free time last night so I took the chance to check out the movie V for Vendetta as I remember reading some things about it recently. In case you’re wondering why I’m watching a movie a good 5 years late, I tend to do that all the time. I was commenting on the parallels that I found between the government in the movie and the government in Malaysia when my cousin (who is studying overseas) asked if it was that bad here. It served as a strong reminder to me that most Malaysians (locally and internationally) haven’t really seen how badly our rights have been trampled upon. I write this not as a supporter of a specific political party, but as your average Malaysian.
Note: There are some references to the movie below (obviously), but if you understand what a totalitarian government is about, there aren’t any spoilers. Not to mention, it’s a 5-year old movie, so most people have probably watched it :)
As as I always tell my customers, I’ll post this in point-form, as it gets the message across in a simple and easy-to-read format. I’d just like to mention some of the similarities and differences that I saw between the Norsefire (NS) government in the movie and our present Malaysian Barisan Nasional (National Front/BN) government: