Zaid to Zahid: You’re not a film censor

Former minister Zaid Ibrahim lambasted the home minister for his attempt to teach the Film Censorship Board on how to do its job.

K Pragalath, FMT

Former cabinet minister Zaid Ibrahim today told Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi not to take over the Film Censorship Board’s (LPF) role as a film censor.

“It looks like (Ahmad) Zahid Hamidi also wants to be a film censor. Please don’t act smart and teach the Board. You don’t need to pressure them.

“In Malaysia, the ministers act as if they know everything,” said Zaid on Facebook and Twitter in response to Ahmad Zahid’s call for the LPF to be cautious and objective when reviewing the locally-produced Chinese-language movie, ‘The New Village’.

“The board has professionals who have been appointed to do the job because of their expertise. A minister should know his role which is in policy-making. He should not be interfering in LPF’s work,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid was earlier reported by Bernama as saying that the LPF should be cautious in making decision on the movie as it was said to have concealed an intrinsic message in glorifying communist terrorists and putting them in better light than members of the security forces during insurgency.

When Bernama asked Ahmad Zahid on LPF chairman Raja Azhar Raja Abdul Manaf’s comment in FMT yesterday that there was nothing wrong with the movie and its screening was suspended due to objections from Umno and right wing groups, Ahmad Zahid said LPF should take responsibility for the public backlash, if any, with its release.