PETALING JAYA: MCA has criticised the decision to compel a second review on the film The New Village by the Film Censorship Board.
"The New Village which is currently and unfairly being subjected to a second review by the Film Censorship Board is a locally-produced story about forbidden love set amidst the tumultuous era of the Emergency years," said its Publicity Bureau chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pix).
She said the movie was initially approved by the board last September and scheduled for public broadcast on Aug 22.
"I believe there should not be any problem where the content is concerned. As such, I would like to reiterate my emphasis that the call for a second review is unjustified not only to the film producers, but the second review also places the integrity of Film Censorship Board in doubt," she said in a statement.
Heng was commenting on the objection to the screening of the movie or it being spread via social media or in CD format by the Malay Consultative Council (MPM).
"A documentary film has to be based on facts and history but not a fiction-based movie which is usually intended to be for entertainment and can be based on any story line," Heng said."I am upset with the objections by the MPM against the screening of the film.
"Obviously, MPM needs to be educated on the difference between a documentary film and a fiction-based movie," she said.
Heng said MPM could spare the film producers with its fault-finding as "we have had more than enough of race and religious sensitive debacles of late for the good of the country."
"Being sensitive towards the sensitivities of others includes the sensitivities of racial and religious minorities. If everything is going to be judged as sensitive, then we might as well close down the performing arts industry in Malaysia," she said.
"We urge MPM to respect the professionalism of the National Censorship Board where the local film industry is concerned. We also urge viewers to treat the The New Village as just another form of locally-made performing arts," she said.