KUALA LUMPUR: Any elements or scenes deemed to be promoting inappropriate elements such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) will be not be approved for public viewing, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman said this was based on the guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board (LPF), which falls under the ministry’s purview.
“Several aspects need to be taken into account by the LPF board members when reviewing movies and dramas for public screening.
“These aspects are related to national security and public order, socio-culture, decorum, morality and religion. LGBT issues fall under socio-culture, so the board will remove and will not approve any scene and dialogue that promotes such elements in films and dramas,” he said in the question-and-answer session in Dewan Rakyat today.
He was replying to Ahmad Amzad Mohamed (PAS-Kuala Terengganu) who wanted to know the government’s move to curb inappropriate culture such as LGBT in film and drama production in the country.
To Amzad’s supplementary question pertaining to the status of actors playing such characters, Azis said the scenes would not be removed if there were lessons to be learned from them.