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BOTAK CHIN ON FILM?

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-by MEOR SHARIMAN -

MALAYSIA’s most notorious criminal, Wong Swee Hin, better known as ‘Botak Chin’, will be immortalised in a film to be produced by Karya Anggun, a subsidiary of Astro Shaw.

The film, with a working title of Botak, will be produced and directed by the same team which came up with the controversial Dukun, a film based on Malaysia’s infamous shaman, Mona Fandey.

Botak’s executive producer Dominique Hee, in a Press release issued by film distributor Sony Pictures on Monday, said she was excited with the project.

“It will be helmed by Dukun director Dain Iskandar Said,” she said.

Hee said that the project is in the early stages of pre-production and that casting for the fi lm has already begun.

The principal photography is scheduled for July and August next year.

“We are excited about the prospect of bringing an explosive cops and robbers action movie to Malaysian cinemas in 2008,” she said.

The movie will feature the exploits of Gang 306, headed by Botak, who had runins with both the police and organised crime rings.

When things become heated, Botak and his men have to run from both the law and other triads.

Botak was described as a charming yet cold-blooded killer who detested both the triads and the cops and decided to take the law into his own hands.

The film’s tag-line reads — ‘Every society gets the criminals it deserves.’

The project, however, has raised eyebrows among local producers.

A producer, who declined to be named, said: “I wonder how they managed to get approval from the Home Affairs Ministry.”

He said several local producers have tried to make a film about Botak Chin, but did not manage to obtain approval from the Ministry.

“The reason given was that the subject matter is too sensitive,” he said.

He said that another production tried to produce a documentary about the gang leader, dubbed by many as a modern-day Robin Hood.

“That project was also shelved for the same reason,” he said, adding that efforts by book publishers to write a biography about Botak Chin also fl oundered.

“I guess Botak Chin is a taboo subject.”

It is learnt that independent fi lmmaker, Amir Muhammad, was among those who were interested in making a film about the criminal, and had their ideas rejected.

Amir, however, was not available for comment as he is abroad.

The producer also said that to make a “cops and robbers” story, filmmakers also need to seek permission from the police, and that they normally need to submit the proposed script to Bukit Aman for scrutiny.

The Malay Mail was told that this is standard procedure and is practiced by producers, including Datuk Yusof Haslam, whose long-running Gerak Khas TV series, has the endorsement of the police.

An Astro Shaw official denied that production of the movie has commenced.

“We have yet to decide on whether to make the film or not.

We don’t even have a title,” he said.

He added that the film is still being conceptualised.

“Even if we do decide to make the film, it will have nothing to do with Botak Chin,” he said.

Coincidentally, a few months ago, Astro Shaw released a Press statement and an offi cial website that said its film, Dukun, was based on the life of Mona Fandey.

But when the project was lambasted by Mona’s family members, the producer then retracted the statement and assured the public that the film has nothing to do with Mona.

Dukun’s screening date scheduled for Dec 16 has been postponed to March next year.


Betong
Hang, can u find picture of Bentong Kali????
Very notorious criminal too???
Also Ismail Kerbau????
And if you have Mamak Gang who stole RM 5b chip from Intel...
forrestcat
In several years we'll have movie about snatch thieves(Mat rempits) and soon about that murderer that detomated the Mongolian model.

I think this is a good effort for local movie makers to look to other sources of inspriration rather than the stupid'erra-yusry' love movies,'Senario XXXlagi' and 'Mami jarums'.
pancaindera
QUOTE(Betong @ Nov 23 2006, 05:05 PM) [snapback]2507669[/snapback]

And if you have Mamak Gang who stole RM 5b chip from Intel...


woahh. i think if they make a movie on this would be cool. something like ocean's eleven ...
caramel
embarassedlaugh.gif Botak Chin.
tangawizi
Who is Botak Chin and what does he do?? confused.gif
Betong
A DISTORTED, misguided genius.




Botak Chin’s funeral procession


That was the diagnosis of Botak Chin, one of the country’s most feared criminals by psychiatrist Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan.

The former director of Tanjung Rambutan Mental Hospital in Perak was one of several people who observed and communicated with Chin when he was warded there after his reign of terror came to an end in February 1976.

When asked about the possibility that Botak Chin may be immortalised on film, Dr Mahadevan said filmmakers should paint the real picture of the man.

Yesterday, The Malay Mail reported that the film, with a working title of Botak, was expected to hit Malaysian cinemas in 2008. It is being produced by Karya Anggun, a subsidiary of Astro Shaw.

The filmmakers have not contacted Dr Mahadevan for his thoughts on Chin but over the last few years, others had approached him, although nothing had materialised.

Dr Mahadevan treated Chin, whose real name was Wong Swee Chin, for 19 days to determine if he was sane enough to stand trial. He found the most feared man in Malaysia to be intelligent. Chin, said Dr Mahadevan, also denied being trigger-happy, although he was a crack shot.

During his stay at the hospital, security was tight and hospital staff had to contend with the fact that other patients were looking at Chin as some sort of celebrity, offering to wash his clothes and perform chores for him.

“He never married but had plenty of female admirers because I would get calls from women inquiring about him when he was in hospital,” said Dr Mahadevan.

The doctor spent up to 18 hours a day with Chin who claimed to hear voices telling him that he was useless and that there was no redemption for him in this world or the next.

“He was what some people would term a gentleman robber, taking from the rich and giving to the poor,” said Dr Mahadevan.

He was adversely affected by his environment, Dr Mahadevan said. After committing robbery when he was 14, Chin was sent to prison instead of reform or juvenile school, given his age.



When he was brought to Tanjung Rambutan, Dr Mahadevan secretly videotaped Chin the entire time he was there.

One visual showed Chin standing at attention in his locked-down room when Negaraku was being played on television.

Chin was rushed back to Kuala Lumpur after Dr Mahadevan found a bullet in his high security hospital cell, a sign that his men were coming to help him escape.

Towards the end, the man labelled as a cold-blooded killer repented.

“During his final days, he sought solace in various religions and said he wanted to donate his eyes and kidneys,” said Dr Mahadevan, who was abroad when Chin was hanged.

“From what I know, he apologised to all the prison wardens before he went to his death.”
forrestcat
^Wow....this Botak Chin is full of character and msytery and deserves to be immortalised in a film...at least he's not as bad as Ted Bundy embarassedlaugh.gif .
Betong
QUOTE(forrestcat @ Nov 24 2006, 03:18 AM) [snapback]2510115[/snapback]

^Wow....this Botak Chin is full of character and msytery and deserves to be immortalised in a film...at least he's not as bad as Ted Bundy embarassedlaugh.gif .

You must out of your mind embarassedlaugh.gif embarassedlaugh.gif
He icon_twisted.gif the most coldblooded killer that Malaysia ever seen....
HangPC2
QUOTE(tangawizi @ Nov 23 2006, 09:45 PM) [snapback]2507918[/snapback]

Who is Botak Chin and what does he do?? confused.gif



The rise and fall of Botak Chin

-by HALIM SAID -

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BOTAK Chin or Wong Swee Hin, was a cold-blooded killer who terrorised Kuala Lumpur in the mid 1970s with a series of robberies, bloody inter-gang rivalries and run-ins with the police.

He was born in 1951 in Kuala Lumpur.

His father was a railway department pensioner who sent him to a Chinese school in Sentul Pasar and later, to an Englishlanguage school.

He quit school at 15 and worked at the wholesale market assistant in Jalan Tun Ismail for a year.

It was then that he became exposed to the underworld and joined Gang 306.

His fi rst armed robbery was on April 19, 1969.

After obtaining his fi rst gun, a .

22 revolver, he assembled his own gang and committed eight robberies.

He was eventually caught and sentenced to seven years jail.

He was released in November 1974.

On his release, he tried to selling vegetables, but soon found that the earnings weren’t enough.

In April 1975, he assembled a new gang.

On July 20, the gang struck a bank in Jalan Imbi and fl ed with RM95,000.

A portion of that (RM25,000) was used to buy a Datsun car.

A Chinese temple in Jalan Kolam Ayer was next on the hit-list.

Several mahjong players were gunned down and the gang grabbed RM10,000.

By this time, Botak Chin’s crime spree had attracted the attention of then City Criminal Investigation Department deputy head, Deputy Superintendent S.

Kulasingam.

Botak Chin, low on ammo, targeted policemen to bolster his ammo supply.

He took three pistols belonging to three policemen during a robbery in Sentul.

On Oct 26, 1975, he gunned down a security guard delivering money to a horse racing club, and escaped with RM218,000.

With his share of RM40,000, he returned to Thailand and bought more weapons to add to his armoury of 19 guns, fi ve grenades and 1,000 bullets.

He then became involved in a war with another gang.

As a result, the leader of the Five Finger Mountain gang, Tua Pui Lek, was killed.

Botak Chin’s gang member, Ah Wong was also killed.

However, his reign of terror came to an end on Feb 16, 1976 when he was shot six times by police at a sawmill in Jalan Ipoh.

Miraculously, he survived the shooting but was taken into custody.

He was sentenced to death by the KL High Court after being convicted on three charges under the Internal Security Act.

He was put on trial again in April 1, 1980.

This time, he tried to glorify himself as a modern day Robin Hood who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.

On Jan 1, 1981, he made a desperate escape attempt from his death row cell at Pudu prison, stabbing three warders.

He was unsuccessful, and was seriously injured in the process.

On June 11, 1981, at 3am, Botak Chin was hanged.

He was 28.

His dying wish was to donate his organs for medical purposes.

This was rejected as he had not signed a written consent.
malaccan
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Firstly, Maznah Ismail @ Mona Fandey.
Secondly, Wong Swee Hin @ Botak Chin.
Thirdly, .... P. Kalimuthu @ Bentong Kali?

Lets sing together-gether:
Malaysian criminals, Truly Asiaaaaa embarassedlaugh.gif
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Rocky Cuong V
So he's a criminal 36 years and ago and now they will identify him as one. That's society for ya.
HangPC2
'He is No HERO'

-by MEERA MURUGESAN and AYU MUSA KAMAL -

This is the personal view of Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow (picture), when asked to comment on news that a producer aimed to make a movie based on the life of notorious criminal Wong Swee Chin, better known as Botak Chin.

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He said any Malaysian in his or her right frame of mind would not want to glorify such a character.

“Moreover, Malaysians would not be interested in watching a glorified criminal,” he said.

However, he clarified that his Ministry was as yet unable to comment on the movie.

“It is not fair for me to give comments on behalf of the Ministry on this matter.

It isn’t exactly a national issue but we will definitely look into it.

“That will come after we receive details on the movie,” he said, adding that they will need more information from the filmmakers, instead of newspaper reports.

“I can’t comment on the ‘what ifs’. The facts need to be clear and only then can we give full comments.”

In a faxed statement on Friday, Astro Shaw, whose subsidiary Karya Anggun is expected to produce the film, with a working title of Botak, stated that the company and its subsidiaries are working on a few projects, most of which are in the research stage.

It also said that announcements on each project will be made accordingly and only upon the approval of the various projects by the relevant parties.

Comments from the Home Ministry could not be obtained yesterday.

Last week, The Malay Mail front-paged the impending production of the movie and quoted its executive producer, Dominique Hee, as saying that the project is in the early stages of pre-production and that casting for the film has already begun.

The principal photography is said to be scheduled for July and August next year.

According to the Press release issued by Sony Pictures, the movie will feature the exploits of Gang 306, headed by Botak.

Botak was described as a charming yet cold-blooded killer who detested both the triads and the cops and decided to take the law into his own hands.

The film’s tag-line reads — ‘Every society gets the criminals it deserves’.

It is expected to be helmed by Dukun director Dain Iskandar Said.

News of the impending production has sparked debate due to the subject’s controversial nature.

Several quarters have lauded the project as a bold move while others have preached caution as the movie could be construed as glorifying a convicted criminal.

The local filmmaking community has also questioned whether the producers have obtained approval from Bukit Aman, as is the norm for any venture that involves the portrayal of the police.

So far, Bukit Aman has yet to receive any application from the filmmakers.

Chin terrorised Kuala Lumpur in the mid 1970s with a series of robberies, bloody inter-gang rivalries and run-ins with the police.

Some people believed he was also a Robin Hood, robbing the rich to give to the poor.

Chin was hanged for his crimes on June 11, 1981.
Henry123
(I know its an old post)

It is also reported he had an amulet that helped him escape th police over and over again.
chutzpah
QUOTE (Henry123 @ Apr 16 2011, 01:22 PM) *
(I know its an old post)

It is also reported he had an amulet that helped him escape th police over and over again.

The police is either also being paid by Chin or too incompetent, but perhaps the first scenario is more likely.
Henry123
Botak Chin reminds me of Nardong Putik whose like the Filipino version of gangster who became a 'Robin Hood' like Folk Figure. In some ways their stories seem so similar.
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