Malaysian censorship board has banned 2 movies produced by Malaysian directors lately.
The first being axed was “Village People Radio Show” (Apa Khabar Orang Kampung) by director Amir Muhammad, who also had his movie “The Last Communist” banned last year. Amir blogged about why Village People Radio Show was banned, read it.
If communist related movies are judged too sensitive for Malaysians’ viewing, the 2nd banning is rather peculiar. The movie is “I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone” by international renowned director Tsai Ming Liang.
Here are the 8 reasons given by Malaysian censorship board for the banning; for showing the ‘facts’ that…
1. Malaysians are cheating and abusing foreign labors
2. Locals are not caring enough and not taking care of people that fainted
3. Beggars everywhere
4. Haze in KL; people wearing mask
5. Poverty; people collecting thrash
6. Dirty living environment
7. Abandoned building projects
8. Illegal foreign labors everywhere
We can argue that Tsai’s movie is not reflecting the whole Malaysia environment, but I can see that at least 7 out of the 8 points raised by the censorship board are actual facts that’s happening somewhere in Malaysia.
Local director James Lee summed it up pretty well for the double standard of Malaysian censorship board; questioning the logic of allowing movie like “Remp-it” that idolized illegal bike racing while banning movie that show the ugly side about Malaysian society. [Source]
Thanks to Member of Parliament Mr. Lim Kit Siang for replying my email, and making his effort to lift ban on both movies. Hope that the ban could be lifted in the end, because the movies probably shouldn’t be banned at the first place.