10 Jul – Malaysia's Film Censorship Board (LPF), known in Malay as Lembaga Penapisan Filem, has issued much stricter guidelines when it comes to censoring TV contents.
Reportedly, complaints were lodged by the public to the LPF about a local Malay drama that depicted a married couple in a bedroom scene, according to The Rakyat Post. The complaints caused by said drama, "Maid", prompted the LPF to introduce the new guidelines.
Issued on 30 June, the guidelines have been making their round online. They apply mostly on local Malay productions, though any Chinese, Tamil and English productions that include a Malay cast will be subjected to the Malay productions criteria.
Some of what local TV dramas and movies will have to adhere to include:
i. No passionate scene between men and women and members of the same sex
ii. No passionate kissing scene (on lips/neck)
iii. No molesting/ touching of the genitals and licking between men and women or members of the same sex scene
iv. No rape or sexual scene (except if filmed without lighting, behind mosquito nets, or filmed using vague shadows without sexual action)
For fans of horror movies, the below guidelines for any Malay/Chinese/Tamil/English productions will be even more horrifying than any Jasons or Ju-Ons to appear onscreen:
i. No scene showing very scary and terrifying faces of creatures/entities
ii. No terrifying, nauseating and disgusting scenes