United Malays National Organisation Calls for Ban on Horror Films

The Star newspaper of Malaysia reports that “Puteri Umno wants the Government to ban the production of “horror, mystical and superstitious” movies, claiming such films can weaken the faith of Muslims in the country. The movement also wants the authorities to empower the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to take action against such productions.”

UMNO’s Wikipedia entry describes the United Malays National Organisation, or UMNO, as “a right-wing party and Malaysia’s largest political party; a founding member of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been Malaysia’s ruling political party since independence. It is known for being a major proponent of Malay nationalism, Islamism and capitalism, which holds that the Malay are the “definitive” people of Malaysia and, thus, deserve special privileges as their birthright than any other race in Malaysia.”

The Malaysian Film Producers Association hit back, saying in the Malay Mail: “It’s easy to put the blame on movies for social ills, but movies aren’t the root cause of social ills.”


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