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Malaysia: Film censorship board bans ‘inappropriate’ LGBT culture

18 December 2018

Films with LGBT content or other “inappropriate culture” will not be approved by the Malaysian government’s Film Censorship Board.

 

Films with LGBT content or other “inappropriate culture” will not be approved by the Malaysian government’s Film Censorship Board (LPF), reported Malay Mail.

“Several aspects need to be taken into account by the LPF board members when reviewing movies and dramas for public screening,” Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman told parliament on 10 December 2018.

“These aspects are related to national security and public order, socio-culture, decorum, morality and religion. 

“LGBT issue falls under socio-culture, so the board will remove and will not approve any scene and dialogue that promotes such culture in films and dramas,” he said.

Mohd Azis said films with LGBT characters could be approved for viewing if there are cautionary lessons to be learnt from the scenes and acting.

“In some films, we do not deny there are ‘mak nyah’ (transgenders) characters. However, these films make a strong (cautionary) lessons on such characters,” he said, according to New Straits Times.

“We approve these films as there are lessons to be learnt.”

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