The case for a new Film Censorship Board

Ethan Tan

Modified 31 Mar 2017, 4:11 am

SATIRE | I was alarmed to learn about the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia’s decision to approve ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Power Rangers’ for release. Uncut. These films are nothing more than Trojan horses for the alleged homosexual agenda.

Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, chairperson of the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia, said: “Malaysia does not recognise the LGBT ideology, so we have to be extra cautious in our work. If we let these scenes pass, people will wonder if Malaysia recognises LGBT.”

Deputy Home Minister NurJazlan Mohamed articulated another concern:“Any films on LGBT, the government will not allow because the elements portrayed in the movie could influence us.”

Yet these films are being released without any cuts.

Our gatekeepers have failed us. Other nations will indeed wonder if Malaysia is giving in to the ‘homosexual agenda’. Our own people will begin to question their sexuality. It is worth asking why it is that our censors, who have a duty to protect us, have essentially welcomed foxes into the hen house.

Some speculated that it was because a vocal minority of westernised Malaysians raised hell on social media. This only gets to part of the truth. The truth lies in the nature of these morally corrosive films.

The job of the censor is to watch cinematic filth packed with scandal, profanity, violence, promiscuity, homosexuality, feminism - day in and day out - and to act as either a surgeon in removing certain tumors, or a soldier in keeping the enemy out entirely. This is a task for no ordinary man.

The censor must be of a moral and intellectual calibre superior to the average Malaysian. He must be a man of faith, for morality is the premise of the divine. He must have an advanced understanding of the cinematic arts in all its forms, and the discernment to recognise when that art is being hijacked for other agendas. He must have the courage to weather the anger of the masses when he denies them their foolish impulses.

But he is, above all, a man.

How can we expect any man to stand firm in the face of constant, daily temptation? Surely his moral compass is bound to go askew with time. Think about how Jesus was tempted in the desert by Satan for only forty days. The censor’s job is to bear a burden even Jesus did not bear for months, for years. No matter how upstanding he may be at the outset, the job will eventually render him as sullied as used toilet paper.

If the duty of an organisation such as the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia is to protect Malaysians from the immoral, then it needs to do the same for its censors. It is clear, given the shocking greenlighting of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Power Rangers’, that they have been morally compromised. Censors are the first line of defense we citizens have against the immoral. Our first line of defence needs its own first line of defence...

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