Individuals involved in Aliff Syukri’s Raya music video to be called up tomorrow

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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will call up individuals involved in cosmetics entrepreneur Datuk Seri Aliff Syukri Kamarzaman’s controversial Aidilfitri video clip.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said notices have been issued to the identified individuals and they have been asked to show up at the MCMC headquarters in Cyberjaya tomorrow morning.

“The MCMC’s preliminary study has revealed there are reasons for an investigation to be conducted and with that, an investigation paper has been opened to investigate the matter under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he told the media after the Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) Iftar with MenKOMM today.

The video clip, depicting a group of male dancers in make-up who display effeminate behaviour, has courted controversy as it was said to be unsuitable for public consumption, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Annuar also confirmed that the ministry received a lot of complaints, including from the Prime Minister’s Department, and especially the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia over the video clip.

He said concerns were raised over the video clip as it contained elements that were contradictory to the country’s norms and practices.

He also said that the Cabinet agreed that the Tagalog-language RTM radio channel was ended as it could no longer be effective and the number of listeners were dwindling.

“RTM did have a specific radio channel in Tagalog once for the convenience of some residents in Sabah or the southern Philippines.

“The usual FM broadcast in Sabah is deemed adequate and the national and local languages are effective enough on existing radio channels,” he added.