No objection to film censorship board under ministry - Gobind Singh

Last update: 13/11/2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has no objection to the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia (LPF) being placed under its jurisdiction.

Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the ministry is prepared to discuss this matter further with Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. LPF is now under the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry.

"I have been asked this question before (and) I have no problems with it as it is relevant to the ministry because we deal with the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia (Finas). I will look into it. There must be some reason why LPF is parked under the Home Ministry,” he said but did not elaborate.

Gobind Singh, approached by reporters after he had opened the Digital Transformation Forum here, was asked whether LPF should be placed under his ministry instead of the Home Ministry where it is now.

The LPF, which is responsible for vetting films before it reaches the Malaysian audience, has reportedly come under public criticism in a few cases including the censorship of certain parts of the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, a biopic of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury and the editing of last year’s live-action feature of Disney's ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which was almost not shown in Malaysia.