RTM suspends 'Pelik Tapi Benar' programme

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 May 2003

PETALING JAYA: RTM has temporarily suspended the Pelik Tapi Benar programme, citing its negative and tahyul (supernatural beliefs) elements.  

The Information Ministry said in a statement that TV2 has taken immediate steps to halt the programme aired every Sunday night as the nonsensical elements could nurture a narrow, extreme and militant political understanding as well as mould an unthinking society. 

It cited some excerpts of the show, whereby viewers were shown how headaches could be cured by knocking one’s head on a pole. Another supernatural belief was that a keris could stand on its own. 

The ministry said it was wary that more such nonsensical elements could be shown if the programme continued to be aired.  

“The programme will be suspended until it has abolished all the elements that sought to get a high rating from the viewers,” it said. 

The ministry also said RTM should not follow in the footsteps of private stations which were only interested in raking in profits and forgot their role in shaping a progressive society.  

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