The controversial film titled “Babi” by Malaysian director and singer, Namewee first made its appearance on Namewee’s social media in last year. Nonetheless, the controversial film had never been on the screens in Malaysia as he mentions that the film will definitely be made into a racial issue if he do so.
As expected, after he promoted the poster on his social media, a member of the Pemuda Perikatan Nasional had lodged a police report against him for using the word “Babi” in his poster, that stirs racial tensions.
After several due deliberation, the prosecutors had finally decide to charge them for not obtaining a valid licence from the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) for the production and promotion of A film producer claimed trial at the Magistrates Court here today to the charge of not obtaining a valid licence from the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) for the movie Babi a year ago.
According to Malay Mail, the 35-year-old film producer, Toh Han Boon was accused of committing the offence at a premises along Jalan PJU 7/8B in Mutiara Damansara, Selangor on 18 November 2020.
It was reported that Toh had allegedly participated in the production and distribution of promotional posters for Babi without an authorised licence from Finas.
The only charge against Toh was framed under Sections 22 (1) of the Finas Act (Act 244), which states that “no person shall engage in any activities of production, distribution or exhibition of films or any combination of those activities as specified in subsection 21(1) unless there is in force a licence authorising him to do the same.”
In addition, under Section 25 of the same Act, it is stated that any person who contravenes any provisions of the part of the law — which includes Section 22(1) — is guilty of an offence.
If found guilty, the accused will face a punishment of a maximum fine of RM50,000 or a maximum jail term of two years or both upon conviction.
The accused then pleaded not guilty before magistrate Muhammad Iskandar Zainol.
Deputy public prosecutor Zamriah Zarifah Aris requested for a bailed at RM8,000 for the charge and to confiscate the passport of the accused until the trial ends.
On the other hand, Mohd Haijan Omar, representing Toh objected the bail and said that it is unreasonable and punitive for the nature of offence committed.
Eventually, magistrate Muhammad Iskandar had settled with a bail of RM5,000 with one surety.
The hearing of the case will be fixed on 14 October too.
The controversial film “Babi” depicts a true story of school violence that took place in a secondary school in the southern part of Malaysia in 2000.
In addition, the film had received several nominations at international film festivals such as the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, Bangkok International Film Festival and Around International Film Festival in Berlin, among others.
Namewee took this update to his Facebook too: