Government not banning horror films

  • Nation
  • Monday, 09 Jun 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Information Ministry has no plans to ban horror or supernatural films aired by RTM although it does not encourage the screening of documentaries featuring magical spirits or genies, Deputy Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said. 

“A misconception has arisen with people asking us why we have not banned ghost stories from other countries,” he said. 

The issue arose over the ministry’s initial decision to suspend the Pelik Tapi Benar programme aired by RTM as it was said to be fictitious and featured magical spirits. The suspension had since been lifted following an assurance by the producer that the programme would not feature such topics anymore. 

Zainuddin said yesterday that documentaries and news that could influence people into believing in magical spirits would not be screened due to its negative effects. 

“For instance, there was this story about the genie in the bottle, causing some people to go to the particular place in search of this magical spirit, not realising that it is an exercise in futility,” he said. 

The decision not to air such “nonsensical items” was made so that people would not be influenced, even by “political genies,” Zainuddin said. 

“In our country’s political history, there have been ulama and politicians who have doubled up as influential bomohs looking for big gains by presenting themselves as political masters.” 

“Some of them have claimed they have the panacea for various ailments and have won a big following among the people,” he said. – Bernama  

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