Give actress chance to be heard, Govt urged


By ZIEMAN
  • Nation
  • Friday, 30 May 2003

BY ZIEMAN

PETALING JAYA: Several activists and writers have expressed their concern over the Information Ministry’s intention to ban an actress from appearing in programmes by government-run RTM. 

The woman was allegedly involved in a home-made pornographic film which found its way into the market. 

The group, comprising scriptwriters, columnists and journalists, felt that such a punitive move would only aggravate the condition faced by the actress. 

“It is a discriminatory action and the ministry should not be hasty in its decision. It’s only fair that the decision be made after the police have completed their probe and getting the actress’ explanation,” said the activists said in a statement. 

The statement was jointly signed by scriptwriter Al-Jeefri, Malaysiakini columnist Aman Rais, writers Amir Sari, Buddhi Hikayat and Fathi Aris Omar and activists Khairul Anuar A. Zainudin and a person known only as Koy.  

Their appeal followed a recent proposal by Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Mydin to bar the actress from acting in TV dramas aired over RTM. 

The group said they were convinced the actress and her husband had no intention of exposing their intimate moments. 

“We gathered from media reports that the recording was done for the couple’s personal use, which is not a crime. The VCD was later stolen and reproduced without the knowledge of the actress and her husband. 

“So, before the ministry decides to take any further action, it has to find out the motive for the recording.  

“If the recording was done for personal collection, it would not seem fair to penalise the actress,” said the activists, adding that no one, including the Government, should invade a person's privacy. 

News about the porn VCD that allegedly featured the Kelantan-born actress was highlighted two weeks ago by a local Malay tabloid.  

The VCD fell into the wrong hands, and was subsequently reproduced and sold in the black market for between RM25 and RM100.  

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