MP PEH Chin Hua almost did not get to see the movie Shakespeare
In Love. He said his children advised him against it because it
was "not fit for an MP to be seen watching it", he told
But Mr Peh, an MP for Jalan Besar GRC, went anyway. And he was shocked,
he said, that a movie about Shakespeare was rated R(A), meant for
audiences above age 21.
"I insisted on going. I wanted to know what kind of criteria
is being used by Mita," he said in Mandarin.
In his opinion, if two scenes had been cut, the film would have
been accessible to more people with a PG rating. Instead, the scenes
stayed and the film was rated R(A).
Mr Peh thinks Singapore has become too lax in its censorship of
films. He circulated copies of newspaper advertisements for R(A)
movies with such titles as Virgin Of Eight Wonders, Prostitute Downfall,
Surrogate Woman and Scorpio Nights.
In an impassioned speech, he said: "We must not allow such
movies to flood our cinemas ... We should not further liberalise
He was also upset to learn that some comic magazines for children
had pornographic material, he said, during debate on the estimates
for the Ministry of Information and the Arts (Mita).
The minister, Mr Lee Yock Suan, said Mita shared Mr Peh's concern
about pornography. He asked for details about the alleged pornographic
children's magazine, and assured the House that censorship controls