Malaysia bans Noah film as “un-Islamic”
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has joined different Islamic nations in banning the Hollywood biblical epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic regulation towards depicting prophets.
A house ministry official Saturday confirmed that Paramount’s newest massive price range movie, which has sparked an outcry amongst Muslim teams worldwide, won’t be screened in predominantly Muslim Malaysia.
The movie has already angered some Christian establishments in america over Crowe’s reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah, who’s considered an essential determine in each Christianity and Islam.
Malaysia’s house ministry’s Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid stated a choice to ban the Noah movie was made about two weeks in the past.
“Yes, I can affirm that it has been banned by the board, the film may cause various anger and misery whether it is proven in Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying by The Malay Mail Online.
Abdul Halim stated the primary purpose for the ban was the portrayal of Noah by Crowe, since Islam forbids visible depictions of any prophet.
Muslims make up 60 per cent of multi-ethnic Malaysia’s 30 million inhabitants, whereas Christians account for about 9 per cent.
Neighbouring Indonesia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates have banned the movie due to scenes they are saying contradict Islam.
Malaysia has censored different films on spiritual grounds up to now, together with Brokeback Mountain and The Passion of the Christ.
It has additionally sometimes pulled the plug on exhibits by overseas — often Western — artists out of worry of angering conservative Muslims.
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