: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) will be holding discussions with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) on its latest guidelines on entertainment events very soon.
Its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said that although the guidelines did not have the force of law, they were views and criteria for the staging of entertainment events.
"The guidelines should not be seen as something that need not be respected. What is important is for us to see the spirit behind the guidelines," he said when opening Ericsson's new building in conjunction with its 50th anniversary in Malaysia, here today.
Prior to this, Central Agency for the Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal), an agency under KKMM which processes applications for staging of concerts by foreign artistes, had always reminded the organisers to respect local sensitivities. RELATED STORIES:
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"What was meant by JAKIM was that for performances by nasyid groups or related to Islam, obviously it would be unsuitable if there is unfettered mingling of the sexes, that I understand," he said.
Hence, he said the guidelines should not be a hindrance for the development of the creative industry in the country.
"The creative industry must be seen in the light of the people's capability and those involved to come up with works in the form of content or shows," he added.
Yesterday, JAKIM had issued its Entertainment Guidelines in Islam (Second Edition) which stressed on respecting Islamic sensitivities when organising shows or concerts.