Video ad for musical comedy showing nuns ‘banned’

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PETALING JAYA: A video meant for showing on digital signage boards of nuns in costume to promote a musical comedy have been banned by the Kuala Lumpur and Penang local authorities, said an arts presenter.

Gardner & Wife Theatre co-founder Diong Chae Lian said she and her husband, Richard Harding Gardner, were supposed to place the advertisements on signage boards along Jalan Maarof in Kuala Lumpur and Gurney Drive, Penang.

Malaysiakini reported Diong as saying that the 20-second advertisement was to promote the company’s upcoming musical, “Nunsense”.

Diong, who is also PJ Live Arts executive director, said Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Penang Island City Council had informed her that they would not approve the video as it was Ramadan month and the video could be sensitive in nature.

The news portal said it contacted the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) licensing and petty traders management department director, Ibrahim Yusoff, who claimed he had not received the application for the video advertisement to be put up.

However, he said: “If they are sensitive in nature, I will ask them to change the images.”

He urged Diong to contact his department for further clarification on the matter.

“We want things which are decent and those that do not give rise to religious sensitivities,” he said, adding costumes of nuns in a Muslim-majority country could disrupt public order.

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