Cen­sor Board banned 21 movies in last two years

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KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-one movies were banned from cin­e­mas by the Film Cen­sor­ship Board in the past two years.

Film Cen­sor­ship Board chair­man Datuk Ab­dul Halim Ab­dul Hamid said the board banned 10 movies last year, and 11 movies in 2015.

The films banned last year were Tharai Thap­pat­tai, Duck King 2 aka Yang Wang 2, Tere Bin Laden — Dead or Alive, Tim­buktu, Syn­di­cate, Bite, Ra­man Raghav, the an­i­ma­tion movie Sausage Party, Hard­core Henry and Fun­da­men­tally Happy.

In 2015, the list of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal movies banned in­cluded the steamy flick 50 Shades of Grey.

Also banned were Baby, Ex­o­dus: Gods and Kings, An­nayum Ra­solum, Spilt Gravy on Rice, Iron Ladies Roar, Magic Mike XXL, Angker, Men­cari Te­duh, The Dan­ish Girl and The Great Es­cape.

Most of the movies were banned be­cause of a com­bi­na­tion of rated scenes, which in­cluded sex scenes and ob­scene ut­ter­ances, ex­ces­sive vi­o­lence as well scenes that touched on po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious and cul­tural sen­si­tiv­i­ties.

Mean­while, the Home Min­istry said it would not al­low

to be Beauty and the Beast screened with­out cuts.

Deputy Home Min­is­ter Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed said this in Kluang yes­ter­day in re­sponse to a re­quest made by Walt Dis­ney Co to re­tain the movie with­out cuts.

The movie, ini­tially slated for a March 17 re­lease, had been post­poned in­def­i­nitely pend­ing an “in­ter­nal re­view”.

He said the gov­ern­ment would not bow to the con­di­tions set by the United States-based en­ter­tain­ment and film gi­ant as there were reg­u­la­tions on what could be shown on the big screen in Malaysia.

“We will not (en­ter­tain Dis­ney's re­quest). We have laws and reg­u­la­tions. Any dis­play of any­thing re­lated to the LGBT (les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der) cul­ture will not be al­lowed.

“The prob­lem is, will Malaysians com­pletely ac­cept the LGBT cul­ture? Will the val­ues de­picted in the movie be ac­cepted by the peo­ple and will it con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment?” Nur Ja­zlan said af­ter at­tend­ing the Pris­ons Day and Na­tional Anti-Drug Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Sim­pang Renggam prison near here yes­ter­day.

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