Published on: Friday, September 06, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Keeping footages of intimate moments on one's handphone can land you in legal trouble, not to mention pornographic clips.
It is an offence under the Film Censorship Act 2002, said the Home Affairs Ministry's Film Censorship and Enforcement Division, Sabah Director, Ahmad Hilmi bin Said.
"Not many people are aware that keeping records of their own sexual behaviour even with their married partners in their handphones or other devices like pendrives, computers and VCDs or DVDs is against the law.
"Under Section 5 of the Act, the person can be fined between RM10,000 and RM50,000 or jailed up to five years, or both, on conviction.
"But so far, no one has been found committing such offence in Sabah," he said to Daily Express during the division's meet-the-clients session and Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House at his office in the Federal Administrative Complex along Jalan UMS, here.
Ahmad Hilmi said people always think that keeping such recordings has to do with their own individual rights.
Hence, he said, the division will educate the public on such transgressions in their programmes and activities from time to time.
On pirated films, he said the division does not have 'pirated films or movies' but only classify them as having no 'B' certificates.
"Any film, movies or telemovies that have been approved by the Film Censorship Board and meet all required criteria would be issued with 'A' certificates which allow them to make copies.
"'B' certificates are given by the Home Ministry for each copy of the films, movies or telemovies if the contents do not contain elements that could threaten public peace, security, religious sensitivities and socio-culture of ethnic groups in the country," he said.
To a question, he said, the illegal distribution of movies in VCDs and DVDs without 'B' certificates is still happening in the State but is under control.
In the past, Ahmad Hilmi said illegal VCDs and DVDs would be supplied from the peninsula unlike nowadays where the syndicates could make the copies locally in the State.
He said the Internet is among the sources for these operators to download the movies or telemovies illegally and sell the copies discreetly to the public.
Nonetheless, he said the division is actively carrying out monitoring work on the illegal activities and will conduct raids on premises suspected to make illegal copies of the movies including pornographic materials.
The meet-the-clients session, Ahmad Hilmi said, is the division's approach to forge closer ties with the film industry players in Sabah so that any arising issues can be fully addressed.