Political music video banned
|Malaysia’s Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim has deemed the video for the song ‘Undilah’ unsuitable for broadcast because it has contents which allegedly “offends certain segments of society”.
In a mix of Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin, the video shows known Malaysian personalities urge Malaysians to register as voters and to exercise their democratic right.
Two broadcasters, Astro and Media Prima, have reportedly been ordered to stop airing it by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The commission is said to have issued a directive because the video has not yet been approved by the Film Censorship Board, but bloggers and commenters say it banned because the video features politicians from the opposition parties and also features Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who said the country “has many problems”.
‘Undilah’ producer Pete Teo said he was baffled by the MCMC action.
The music video was released on the Internet on 16 September 2011. Three weeks later it had been seen by almost 300,000 viewers on YouTube.com.
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