PETALING JAYA, Jan 18 — Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said he disagreed with the contents of a promotional trailer for the movie Pulau.
He also said Golden Screen Cinemas Sdn Bhd (GSC), which aired the trailer, has been informed to remove it pending an edited version from the producers.
Fahmi clarified that he has not personally seen the movie, and was strictly commenting on the trailer that caused controversy online.
“That trailer for me is not suitable and I myself have been in contact with the GSC who uploaded the trailer and I understand that that producer has decided to withdraw or take down the trailer and prepare a new edit,” he told reporters at the Duan Nago Bogho filem screening at The Starling GSC today.
Fahmi added that he will look into standard operating procedures at the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) under his ministry, but insisted that final say on the movie would come from the Film Censorship Board (LPF), an agency under the Home Ministry.
“My view is that we may have to re-examine some SOPs because clearly there has been a violation here and I understand that in terms of the LPF approval, it was given in September last year, before I became a minister, before the current government.
“But I can't talk more than that and I am asking my media friends to contact the LPF,” he said.
The trailer has been denounced by critics who have also demanded that the government rescind the previous approval for the movie to be screened in March.
The controversy is primarily due to scenes of a sexual nature, including actresses wearing bikinis to flashes of kissing and love making scenes.
Pulau, produced by My Way Pictures in collaboration with Film Force Studios, features local celebrities including Alif Satar, Amelia Henderson, Sanjna Suri as well as former OnlyFans figure Ms PuiYi.
The trailer depicts a group of friends who are vacationing together and after a daring bet, the group sets out to a mysterious island where darkness awaits.
Following its trailer release over the weekend, the movie has been bombarded with comments from local social media users with most of them condemning the sexy scenes in the trailer.