Earlier this week, PAS came under fire from netizens after its Youth Chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari was spotted going to a cinema to watch the local blockbuster film “Mat Kilau” at a cinema in Kuala Lumpur.
Following the backlashes, PAS Youth said they would agree to the establishment of cinemas in Kelantan if cinema operators agreed for the moviegoers to be segregated in the cinema halls and that the films that were screen were shariah-compliant.
Meanwhile, it also defended its Youth Chief, who had in the past strongly supported the Kelantan state government’s stand on banning movie theatres in the state, saying that Mat Kilau’s storyline doesn’t promote “immorality”.
PAS Youth then explained that cinema would be categorised as ‘haram’ (forbidden) if it does not adhere to Islamic principles.
“It would be ‘haram’ if moviegoers who were not ‘mahram’ (unrelated) sat closely together, watching romantic movies, as this could lead to immorality.”
“If watching the movie made them forget to perform their prayers, then that is haram too,” PAS Youth was quoted as saying by FMT.
Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, PAS Youth pointed out that there is a cinema operating in the capital state of Terengganu, another state under the control of the Islamic party.
“Look at Terengganu, there is a movie cinema. There, all the seats are segregated to males, women and families sections. At the cinema, no movies were screened during prayer time,” the post reads.
PAS Youth was referring to the Lotus Five Stars (LFS) cinema, the only movie theatre operating in Kuala Terengganu.
On 4 July 2020, LFS announced that they will separate each of their theatre halls into three zones for men, women, and family members respectively.
LFS made the announcement following its reopening after the Movement Control Order (MCO).
In 1990, PAS barred cinemas in Kelantan after it took over the administration of the state from Barisan Nasional (BN) in 1990 with the reason that cinemas allow room for social ills.
The last operating cinema in the east coast state was the Lido Cinema in Jalan Pos Office Lama, Kota Baru.