Armed Forces denies blanket ban on 'pantun'

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Armed Forces has refuted claims that it has put culture aside by banning poems during events.

"The orders issued was an internal memo to all service branches to not have the emcees use poems or jokes during official military events. Official events by the Armed Forces are regimental in nature and its execution must be conducted with protocol and military ethics. Examples include events involving the  Yang di-Pertuan Agong, parades and official events officiated by the Armed Forces or its service branches," said the statement issued today.

However, the Armed Forces also added that certain leeway would be granted for less official matters.

"The Armed Forces however would relax such rules and allow the use of poems and the like for non regimental events, such as sports meets, family events and the like," it said.

Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim had earlier tweeted the internal memo of the supposed ban, which was reported by local dailies.

In his tweet, the politician questioned the rationale of the ban.