SEGAMAT: Some 200 disabled children were treated to a day out watching Pulang, a film produced by Primeworks Studio, courtesy of Media Prima Bhd (MPB). The students, diagnosed with Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, and hearing impairment, are aged between 10 and 18 from 45 schools with special needs education in Segamat. Happiness was written all over the faces of the children who were mostly there for their first ever movie screening at the cinema. Among the schools are SK Jementah, SJKC Lee Chee Kampung Abdullah and SJKT Chaah. District Officer Abdul Rahman Salleh said he was thankful to MPB for sponsoring the screening of the patriotic movie which was inspired by the pre-independence era. “We are also grateful to the management of Segamat Central that sponsored the food and drinks for the students, while giving an opportunity to the special children to watch the film screening,” he said when met at the mall yesterday. The movie starring Puteri Aishah and Remy Ishak tells a story of a 10-year-old boy whose father left the country to work as a sailor. “His father traveled across the sea and later remained in England. (Fast forward) the boy, now an adult, decided to further his studies there and persuade her father to return home. “It was, however, not meant to be as the father passed away in England,” said Abdul Rahman. He said the film has good moral values which taught the students that we would always “find our way back” despite being away from the country for a long time.
“At the same time, those who are living abroad should take the opportunity to learn and understand the rapid development taking place at the country (of origin). “Not everything that is said in the social media reflects the current situation,” he said, adding that the movie was suitable for all ages.
Abdul Rahman said the selection of the film for the screening was appropriate with the district’s Merdeka month celebration which included the distribution of 20 Jalur Gemilang to the students. Also present were Segamat Assistant Education Officer Hamzah Ahmad and Special Education and Rehabilitation Assistant Officer Masnawi Shamsuddin; Segamat Central MMS Skrin Cinema Manager Razmi Abd Rahman as well as staff from the district Information Office. Accompanying the students were 57 teachers from the schools. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd