Activist avoids jail, fined RM10,000 for showing unapproved movie

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lena Hendry arrives at the Magistrate Court in Kuala Lumpur for the decision on the film censorship case, February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy Ma for the MMO.

Lena Hendry arrives at the Magistrate Court in Kuala Lumpur for the decision on the film censorship case, February 21, 2017. ― Picture by Choo Choy Ma for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 ― Activist Lena Hendry was today penalised RM10,000 for screening a documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war that was not approved by the Film Censorship Board.

The was handed down in the magistrate’s court here by Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris, who last month found the Pusat Komas programme manager guilty of the charge under the Film Censorship Act 2002.

Lena had been liable for up to three years’ jail or a fine not exceeding RM30,000, under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act, 2002.

Her lawyer, New Sin Yew, said she will pay the fine today, before the 4pm deadline. Read more

You are not our appointed moral guardian, Nazri tells Censorship Board

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz censured the Malaysian Censorship Board (LPF) today after rumours surfaced that another movie might be banned here because of LGBT elements.

Nazri also asked the LPF to allow the screening of 'Power Rangers', but rate it PG 13 to allow parents to make their own judgement. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

Nazri also asked the LPF to allow the screening of ‘Power Rangers’, but rate it PG 13 to allow parents to make their own judgement. ― Picture by Choo Choy May for the MMO.

In a press conference at the media centre in the Dewan Rakyat here, Nazri called LPF’s actions “depressing” and reminded the board not to overstep its bounds.

“Who can be better than the parents to decide for their children? Who is the Censorship Board to say in a blanket rule that it’s not good for the children?

“PG 13 is clear — parents can bring their children. We have never appointed the Censorship Board to be our moral guardian in such matters,” he said, referring to the viewership rating system.

He was responding to a question at the press conference on the rumour LPF will ban Power Rangers, or censor a scene which reportedly portrays one of the protagonists as a lesbian.

“Now it’s Power Rangers. I’m depressed. I feel the Censorship Board is going overboard. I think we should rein in the Censorship Board, and their standards should not be used for all Malaysians. We must do something about this,” he added.

Nazri also asked the LPF to allow the screening of Power Rangers, but rate it PG 13 to allow parents to make their own judgement. Read more