Sangam wants to be in Film Censorship Board

THE Malaysia Hindu Sangam wants to be included on the Film Censor-ship Board panel to have a say on the screening of movies which are deemed insensitive and offensive to Hindus.

It’s Sensitive Issues Sub-Com-mittee chairman P. Murugiah said yesterday the board must respect the sentiments of Hindus when approving the screening of movies in theatres.

He expressed regret that the movie Love Guru was still being screened in theatres nationwide despite the organisation’s call for the movie to be banned two weeks ago.

Murugiah also said a Hindu San-gam representative had objected to the movie during a preview by the board on July 14.

“But despite the objection, the board approved the movie for screening without even removing the sensitive scenes such as the picture of Lord Ganesha on a cha-stity belt, obscene yoga postures, elephants copulating in front of a crowd and a lavish ashram staf- fed with scantily clad women,” he said.

Murugiah said the Hollywood movie clearly poked fun at the Hindu religion and culture through actor Mike Myer’s portrayal of a spiritual advisor or guru.

He said he was puzzled that the movie was not banned here as it clearly breached the Pe- nal Code, the Film Censorship Act 2002 and the Sedition Act 1948.

Murugiah said protests held in India and Singapore had resulted in the movie not being screened there.

State PPP chairman Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan called for the movie to be banned as it insulted the guru-disciple relationship as defined in Hinduism.

“The movie is maliciously insul-ting all practising Hindus as it mocks the basic foundation and tenets of the religion,” he said.

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) education officer N.V. Subba- row said the board should look into getting more senior people from different religious bodies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to sit on its panel.

Penang Hindu Endowment Board chief A. Tanasekharan said the censorship board should ban the movie.

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