Ministry lifts freeze on television series


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 07 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Information Ministry will lift its freeze on the Pelik Tapi Benar television series, said Deputy Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin. 

He said the move was decided after Norman Abdul Halim, chief executive officer of KRU Bhd and the producer of the documentary series, met him to discuss the issue on Thursday. 

“Norman has assured (the ministry) that there will be no more negative elements in the series,” Zainuddin told reporters after closing Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) Orientation Week 2003/04 at its city campus here yesterday. 

He said the show would be aired once the new series was ready. 

The Pelik Tapi Benar series was produced by a KRU Bhd subsidiary, KRU Motion Pictures and was given the 7.30pm Sunday slot on RTM2. 

RTM imposed a temporary ban on the series on May 27 as it contained superstitious elements which could adversely affect the society’s thinking. 

On other television stations, which showed programmes similar to the Pelik Tapi Benar series, Zainuddin said the ministry would meet the stations to inform them of its views and opinion on such programmes. 

He said the society could be influenced by such television series as the documentaries were claimed to be based on facts. – Bernama  

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