Education Minister Maszlee Malik describes the Tamil film Raatchasi as having portrayed the policies and changes that were being made for implementation in the country's education.
He said the film had interpreted his aspirations, which included the Free Breakfast Programme initiative to see the teachers being able to sit down and have meals with the students.
Maszlee said the film had an extraordinary storyline and proper character played by the main actress, Jyothika.
“Unlike watching the film as the education minister, I reflected every chapter to the situation in our country.
“Geetha Rani plays the character of a great superhero. She proves to us that major changes are not something impossible,” Maszlee said in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram entries yesterday, after watching the film with his officers a day earlier.
Raatchasi, directed by Sy Gowthamraj, shows Jyothika going through the challenges of being a stern headmistress wanting to improve the situation at the dilapidated school run by the government.
Maszlee said the film touched on student failures where the character Geetha had succeeded in getting everyone involved in resolving the issue on student failures, including the police.
“This is what we are trying to do. We want to ensure that enforcement is being carried out on all angles, so that there will no longer be any more student failures,” he said.
He also shared the character of Geetha meeting all the parents and forming a Parents and Community Association to ensure that parents were actively involved in their children's education.
Maszlee said making education a collective vision of everyone was his biggest aspiration as he was confident that education was capable of becoming the objective of the local community. In fact, education would improve their living standards.
He also called on everyone, including all teachers, parents and students, to watch the film.
Lately, the film went viral among social media users, especially Malay netizens, because they were attracted to the storyline.