has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical
epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and
saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets.
film has already angered some Christian institutions in the United
States over Crowe’s reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah, who is
regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam.
Malaysia’s home ministry’s Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul
Halim Abdul Hamid said a decision to ban the Noah film was made about
two weeks ago. “Yes, I can confirm that it has been banned by
the board, the movie can cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it
is shown in Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying by The Malay Mail Online.
Neighbouring Indonesia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates have banned the film because of scenes they say contradict Islam. Malaysia has censored other movies on religious grounds in the past,
including Brokeback Mountain and The Passion of the Christ