Cinema censorship in Bangi continues to draw criticism

By Wani Muttiah, The Star

PETALING JAYA: The cinema ban in Bangi by PAS is continuing to draw flak, with many describing the move as arbitrary and ludicrous.

Selangor Umno information chief Abdul Shukur Idrus said he failed to see the logic behind the ban.

“What is their motive? Do they actually think that having a cinema would corrupt morality?” he asked, challenging the party to impose a state-wide ban.

Selangor MCA secretary Wong Koon Mun said that instead of banning cinemas, PAS should look into the increase in immoral activities in the state after Pakatan Rakyat took over Selangor.

“There has been an increase in vice dens and also massage parlours, pubs and karaoke outlets since 2008.

“Why hasn’t PAS said anything about this?

“They are shooting at the wrong target by banning cinemas in Bangi,” he said.

MIC secretary-general S. Muru­gesan said PAS should “stop shoving its skewered values down people’s throats”.

“Cinemas are a legitimate and wholesome platform for entertainment.

“I don’t know why PAS is viewing cinemas from a negative aspect,” he added.

Writer Colin Kuan, 31, said it was annoying that PAS had initiated such a ban.

“It is ridiculous in this day and age that PAS is taking us back to the dark ages with its warped sense of morality,” added Kuan, who writes for a magazine.

Veterinarian Dr Devan Arumugam Lingam said PAS was nit-picking on issues that had little impact on the country’s progress.

“I also feel that a basic right is being taken away from me,” said the 29-year-old.

He said the move indicated that the Selangor Government and Pakatan Rakyat had failed to come up with policies that suited the people.