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“Why cinema when we can Netflix?” Kelantan Deputy MB reiterates stand on banning theaters in Kelantan

There is no need for the Kelantan state government to rescind its cinema ban as there’s no demand for it, said Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Abdullah.

He said this during an exclusive interview with YouTuber FengRenGuan, where he added there are other options for Kelantanese to watch films and that the state government does not interfere with it.

“There have been no complaints from Kelantan people over the absence of cinemas operating in the state because they can watch Netflix at home. They can watch everything.” he said.

“Thus, why pay money when for a cinema ticket when you can watch films at home while chewing kuaci (sunflower seeds)?” he said as quoted by Malaysiakini.

He went on to say that the state government’s decision to maintain the ban was based on the view that Kelantan’s situation is different from other states in Malaysia.

He also argued that cinemas were becoming a sunset industry, citing the closure of the Coliseum Cinema in KL and Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) shutting down outlets as examples.

Source: Sunway Velocity

“Therefore, even if we didn’t have a policy because films are entering homes. To me, this is not a big issue. We are not stopping people from entertaining themselves.”

“However, in the Kelantan context, we believe it’s unsuitable, that’s all,” he explained.

Earlier this week, PAS Youth Chief, Ahmad Fadhli Shaari drew flak after photos of him attending the screening of the film Mat Kilau in Kuala Lumpur went viral online.

In the past, Ahmad Fadhli had also defended the Kelantan state government’s stand on not having movie theatres in the state, saying that reintroducing cinemas may disrupt Kelantan’s status quo as a state governed in line with Islamic principles.

“Actually, there are many conditions which must be adhered to including not creating a romantic mood amongst the audience. It is better not to have cinemas.”

“However, the state government must think of other alternatives including organising free public screenings,” Ahmad Fadhli was quoted as saying.

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