MP links teen pregnancies to free sexual lifestyle in films

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KUALA LUMPUR: A PAS lawmaker has taken National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) to task for failing to play a proper role in censoring Western movies that contain obscene sexual content.

Kuala Nerus MP Khairuddin Aman Razali said these films had an unhealthy effect on local youths as it promoted the idea that premarital sex was normal.

He said that as a result, there was an alarming corresponding rise in incidents of teenage pregnancy and childbirth out of wedlock in Malaysia.

He said that according to Finas’ guidelines, films with sexual elements that were not explicit were given the 18SX rating and were allowed for screening.

“This means that sexual elements are permitted to be shown but they should not be extreme,” he said.

“I am worried that the phenomenon we are facing today where many children are born out of wedlock and so on, is the result of Western movies that promote a free sexual lifestyle.”

Khairuddin said the trend to depict open sexual behaviour in films was changing people’s mindsets without them realising it.

“Films that show bedroom scenes have become common. Having children before getting married is also now common and cohabitation before marriage is seen as normal.”

Speaking during the debate on the 2018 Budget’s allocation for the communications and multimedia ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today, he said Finas should be proactive in taking steps to tackle the problem.

He also said Finas must clarify how the guidelines were being used to protect and uplift Malaysians.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari however clarified that it was not Finas’s responsibility to censor films screened in the country.

“Finas is not the agency responsible for censorship.

“Film censorship is under the home ministry’s Film Censorship Board, which is subject to the Film Censorship Act 2002 and guidelines on film censorship.”

Last year, the women, family and community development ministry reported 13,831 teenage pregnancies in the country in 2015.

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