Film censors behaving like bullies

For screening during People Like Us’ Indignation — Singapore’s gay pride festival  — I submitted a film to the MDA for classification. First, they wanted to seize the film. Then they didn’t want the audience to know which parts of the film had been cut. Aren’t public servants supposed to be accountable to the public? Full essay.

12 Responses to “Film censors behaving like bullies”

  1. 1 Martha de Beest 28 August 2009 at 06:40

    What action will you take to remedy the situation?

  2. 2 Liew kai Khiun 28 August 2009 at 09:18

    I seriously feel that you should make an official complaint to MDA and cc. the letter to the Minister for MICA. It may not change anything significantly, but at least such a letter would demonstrate that citizens will not be bullied.

  3. 3 yawningbread 28 August 2009 at 12:12

    I have written to the Acting Mica Minister. I have also said in my letter that his reply will be public on this site.

  4. 4 Sun Koh 28 August 2009 at 15:05

    What is the official reason given for rejecting the version with inserted text to inform audience of what has been cut out? Just like how they have to provide a reason for not approving scenes, they should also provide an official reason for this purpose. That’s what transparency requires.

  5. 5 Martha de Beest 28 August 2009 at 19:25

    Presumably the Minister is technically responsible for the behaviour of his civil servants. Can a written/verbal question be asked of him in Parliament to clarify the matter?

  6. 6 dyno 28 August 2009 at 21:02

    Many people would not want to go see a mutilated film. I’m just wondering if all this snipping helps to develop the media industry in Singapore?

  7. 7 Daniel 28 August 2009 at 22:31

    I can predict that they may be busy crafting an official reply that has a lot of words in proper grammar and little substance! That is my own experience in reading replies from civil servants.

  8. 8 suchen christine lim 28 August 2009 at 23:15

    I am one of those waiting for the Minister of MICA to reply to Yawning Bread. MICA & the new censorship board have to give an explanation. And I had thought our censorship processes have improved!!! I am disappointed, MICA.

  9. 9 fR 31 August 2009 at 11:05


  10. 10 JT 2 September 2009 at 16:01

    it should be read “UneedLEE” Singapore!

  11. 11 yawningbread 5 September 2009 at 21:31

    Update for readers: Regarding my email to Acting Minister for MICA Lui Tuck Yew, on 31 August 2009, a Julia Hang from MICA sent a short acknowledgement email to me that said: “Dear Mr Au, thank you for your email to Ag Minister Lui Tuck Yew. We are looking into this, and will reply to you.”

  12. 12 Martha de Beest 9 September 2009 at 21:24

    Still waiting?

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