Multi-pronged strategy to get Malaysians shun smut


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 May 2003

BY FARIDAH BEGUM AND IZATUN SHARI

KUALA LUMPUR: Besides aiming to cripple the major distribution lines for smut, the Government is also drawing up a more focused and aggressive awareness campaigns to get Malaysians to shun pornography. 

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the more hard-hitting campaigns would include non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social activists and religious leaders. 

“The Government is doing all it can to take pornography off the streets but we need the support of the consumers and leaders of society to collectively assist us in eradicating such things,” he said after attending the national-level celebration of Maulidur Rasul at the Stadium Putra yesterday. 

The minister said NGOs, social activists and religious leaders could play a vital role in spreading the message that smut was damaging. 

“We want them to help make people realise the evils of pornography and how it could negate the good values that we want to instil in the younger generation,” he said. 

Muhyiddin said the Government’s strong move against smut was not only to meet the conditions of the law but also to prevent a social breakdown. 

“Buying and keeping pornographic materials, and pirated copies at that, may not only be against the law. It could also break down families and create social problems. Our concerns are not only the ambits of the law but the social destruction it could unleash,” he said. 

He said the various government enforcement agencies also had to work as a co-ordinated team to be more effective in crippling the distribution links for pornography and pirated VCDs. 

From investigations, he added, there had been evidence that licensed producers were also contravening the conditions of their licences. 

“We not only want to wipe out pornography and piracy but also get to the root cause as to why there is a sudden flood of such stuff on the streets,” he said.  

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