Date: 19th February 2001

Malaysia Won't Ban Indian Movies

The Malaysian government said today (Monday) that it will not ban sexy Bollywood films on local TV, as demanded by the country's leading Muslim clerics, but will impose stricter censorship on them.

Information Minister Khalil Yaakob told Singapore's New Straits Times that the country's review board will remove "all things which could lead to negative influences before they are aired." His remarks come one day after Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammad accused foreign countries of waging a cultural onslaught on his country through the Internet, movies and CDs.

Source: Studio Briefing