Beauty and the Beast can be screened but only with cuts

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KLUANG: The government is firm in its stand that it will not allow the screening of the film “Beauty and the Beast” in the country if Walt Disney Company cannot meet the Film Censorship Board’s request for a minor cut involving a gay scene.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said Malaysia had its own laws and culture that should be respected by Walt Disney Co.

“The government will not allow (for screening) any film on LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders), because the elements portrayed in the movie could influence us,” he told reporters when asked about the screening of the film that was shelved after a minor edit by the censorship board.

He was met after the opening of the National Anti-Drugs and Prisons Day celebration by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Simpang Renggam Prison near here today.

Nur Jazlan also questioned the refusal by Walt Disney Co to meet the request of the censorship board to cut the gay scene.

“They can do that (not be in agreement to cut the scene) because the Malaysian market is small. If (the film is) not screened (in Malaysia), they (Walt Disney Co) will not lose much.

“If it is China, Russia or the United States, they (Walt Disney Co) will certainly bow to their demand,” he added.

The film was to be screened in the country on Thursday, but was shelved due to controversy over the gay character, Le Fou.