Malaysia postpones release of film amid claims that it promotes communist party
KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Home Ministry has ordered the scheduled release of the film "The New Village" on Aug 22 be postponed, pending a review by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF).
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the decision was made amid concerns raised on social media that the film idolises the Malayan Communist Party (MCP).
"Several posts on social media question the film for promoting the MCP's leftist struggle. We do not want sensitive issues to be raised especially when the film is scheduled for release ahead of the country's national day," the Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia quoted the minister as telling reporters on Sunday.
"The Home Ministry will not hesitate to revoke the film's release approval if it features strong communist elements that degrade the sacrifice of the country's security forces," Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid was quoted as saying.