Malaysia

‘Undilah’ video offensive, says Rais

By Clara Chooi
September 29, 2011

Raid during the launch of Gagasan 1 Malaysia programme at Bangsar April 26 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi Raid during the launch of Gagasan 1 Malaysia programme at Bangsar April 26 2011. — Picture by Jack Ooi

According to Bernama, the Umno minister said the clip, a 4.38-minute public service announcement urging Malaysians to vote, may offend to certain groups.

He did not name the groups.

He added the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which reports to his ministry, had pulled the clip off the air but said the Home Ministry would make the final decision on whether to allow the clip to be aired on television.

“LPF (Film Censorship Board) does not come under my ministry but the Home Ministry, which will make a decision whether the clip can be shown,” he was quoted as saying to reporters after opening an arts appreciation programme in Pasir Salak near here today.

The MCMC had explained on the weekend that the video, produced by musician Pete Teo, was temporarily taken off the air as it was yet to receive approval from the LPF.

It however described the order as “normal practice” and said the decision had nothing to do with the clip’s contents.

Umno’s Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan had also complained on Sunday that the video contains subliminal messages to ridicule the establishment and certain scenes appeared to be “not so pleasant to BN (Barisan Nasional)”.

He questioned the reason behind placing a man dressed as Star Wars’ character “Jabba the Hutt” beside a poster of Datuk Seri Najib Razak, claiming it appeared to mock the prime minister.

Abdul Rahman also referred to a scene showing a man reading PAS organ Harakah, the brief snapshot of the Tung Shin Hospital and the use of outspoken Umno MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as one of the video’s main stars.

Tengku Razaleigh, also known as Ku Li, is known to be openly critical of his party. In the “Undilah” video by musician Pete Teo, Ku Li is seen describing Malaysia as a country with “many problems”.

In response on Monday, Teo denied that “Undilah” was meant to sway its audience to become anti-establishment and insisted that “there is nothing wrong with a Star Wars character standing next to Najib”.

“It’s just a zany thing I do in all my videos. Does this mean that other people sitting at the bus stop are also mocking the PM? I’d like them to explain to me how it insults him,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Apart from Ku Li, the video also features personalities like Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abd Rashid Shirlin and opposition figures Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad and Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.