PETALING JAYA: Posters showing models who are not “properly covered” will only elicit sexual desires from those who see them and lead to unhealthy activities.
This is the view of Kelantan Local Government, Housing, Youth and Sports Committee chairman Abdul Fattah Mahmood, as reported by The Star today.
“That is why we decided to ban posters showing women wearing bikinis or who are not decently dressed.
“These have been included in the conditions set by all local councils for many years now,” Abdul Fattah was quoted as saying.
He was commenting on recent cases of the Kota Bharu Municipal Council enforcement team slapping fines on business owners for having posters featuring models with their hair uncovered, at their premises.
One such instance included a poster of Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai modelling a watch, at a watch shop.
The move received flak from many quarters, including the MCA which claimed PAS, which leads the Kelantan state government, was trying to impose its hard-line Islamic values on non-Muslim traders.
Businessmen operating in Kota Bharu had also complained of having to fork out extra money. As their suppliers had stopped supplying posters following confiscation by the authorities, these businessmen had been forced to design new ones to market their products.