Zahid: 'The New Village' to be reviewed before screening


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  • Monday, 29 Jul 2013

SUNGAI BULOH: The Film Censorship Board will review the locally-produced movie titled The New Village, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the screening of the movie, which was supposed to be on Aug 22, will be delayed following NGO claims that the movie promoted communism.

“The Board will review the movie to see if it has any form of communist messages,” he said after breaking fast with Prisons Department staff at the Sungai Buloh prison yesterday.

The plot of The New Village centres on the Chinese community being relocated into new villages during the Malayan communist insurgency.

Another local movie Tanda Putera, which highlights events leading up to the May 13 racial riots, is scheduled to be screened from Aug 29.

Earlier, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin questioned why Tanda Putera had yet to be screened in cinemas but The New Village was given the green light so quickly.

“There should not be any double standards,” he said on Twitter yesterday.

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