KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin will propose that the Information Department organise mobile outdoor screenings of the controversial film Tanda Putera if the Penang Government tries to block the movie from being shown in the state.
He urged cinema operators to ignore the request by the Penang Government not to screen the movie.
“If there is any action to block the film from being screened in Penang, I will ask the Information Department to organise mobile outdoor screenings (wayang pacak) in every field in Penang,” said Khairy, who is Youth and Sports Minister.
Speaking to reporters at the ministry’s Hari Raya open house yesterday, Khairy said that he had watched the film which tells the story of two statesmen who saved the country after the May 13th incident.
“To me it is highly illogical for DAP, a party which supposedly champions democracy and freedom of expression, to suddenly ask that the movie not be shown in cinemas.
“That to me is double standard,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the ministry would refer to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for further action on the decision of the Penang state government to ban the screening of the film Tanda Putera.
The power on issuing licences to the theatres lies with the National Film Development Corporation and not the state government, he said.
Meanwhile, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng blamed both the Penang and Seberang Prai municipal councils for issuing the directive to cinemas not to screen the film.
He said that the state government had not banned the movie, but admitted that the two municipal councils had inadvertently issued letters to the cinema operators containing the word “directed” instead of “advised” following the state executive council’s stand against the screening of the film.
The directive by the two councils had resulted in Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) not screening the film in its cineplexes in Queensbay Mall here and at Sunway Carnival in Butterworth yesterday.
The two cineplexes had earlier advertised that the movie would be screened six times yesterday.
GSC on its website said that the movie would not be screened in Penang following the “directive” of the state government.
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