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Thursday, 24 January 2013

The Silent Riot or “Rusuhan Tersembunyi with Tan Sri Simon Sipaun as Special Guest

The documentary, The Silent Riot or “Rusuhan Tersembunyi”, about an incident in Sabah's political history that is rarely talked about was released online on 21 Jan 2013.

This film won the Most Outstanding Human Rights Film award of FreedomFilmFest 2012.

This film contains interviews and first hand accounts of the incidents that occurred after the 1985 election whereby the Barisan Nasional led Parti Berjaya was unexpectedly toppled by Parti Bersatu Sabah(PBS) with the cooperation of United Sabah National Organisation (USNO).

The riot that unsued claimed 5 lives and led to a 39 day curfew in major towns in Sabah.

According to director Nadira Illana, “Sabah is a mystery not only to West Malaysia but East Malaysians themselves. Sabahan youths especially know very little about their own history.” 

She adds that, “This documentary has so far provided an introduction into Sabah's recent political climate. This knowledge is especially critical now that we're in the middle of the RCI into Sabah's illegal immigrants.”

The documentary will be available on Pusat KOMAS' YouTube channel:

The public can also send in questions to Nadira throughout the week and she will be answering them this Friday at 9pm (25th January 2013) via Google Hangout with friends and a special guest, former SUHAKAM Deputy Chairman & current Proham Chairman , Tan Sri Simon Sipaun.

Questions can be sent to or posted online during the live hangout session on

The documentary also has a Facebook page:

Released by, Anna Har, FreedomFilmFest, KOMAS (Jan 21, 2013)

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