Malaysia: Indonesian action film banned

The film ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ was supposed to have opened in Malaysian cinemas on 28 March 2014 but it was reported that the film was not allowed to be screened in the country.


The Indonesian presidential election campaign took a twist when a Democratic Party leader questioned the alleged ban of the film ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ by Malaysian authorities.

“It’s very frustrating if the Malaysian government does not allow the screening of the film without giving any reason,” presidential candidate Pramono Edhie Wibowo said at a Democratic Party Convention in Jakarta.

Pramono, who is also the brother-in-law of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said the ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ is a work of art and should be appreciated as it signals the rise of the creative industry in Asia.

“The reason why this film is not allowed screening is needed for the sake of the development of the creative industry in Indonesia and Asean,” he said.

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