The Straits Times
Published on Oct 24, 2012

Sex.Violence.FamilyValues rating not a step backwards: MDA chief


The Media Development Authority's reversal on Ken Kwek's Sex.Violence.FamilyValues, which went from M18 to Not Allowed For All Rating, does not necessarily represent a step backwards.

Its chief executive Aubeck Kam says: "We always try our best but we know it doesn't mean we can guarantee the outcome will always satisfy every segment of our society. That's why we also enlist the help of the Films Consultative Panel, which comprises volunteers from various professions, ages, races and religions."

Downplaying the significance of the film's change in rating, he adds: "I wouldn't look at every classification decision as a precedent or a new marker. Nothing is static because societal values keep evolving and moving. That is why our classification principles have always been premised on community standards and mores."

Mr Kam, 42, will be leaving MDA to take up the post of permanent secretary at the new Ministry of Communications & Information from Nov 1.