Teater Kami play banned in Malaysia

Teater Kami play banned in Malaysia
A scene from Merdekanya Kita, a play staged by Teater Kami at the Malay Heritage Centre's (TWM) Black Box theatre.

MALAYSIA - Home-grown Malay theatre group Teater Kami has had what would have been its first show in Malaysia banned.

The company, helmed by Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Atin Amat, was scheduled to perform the play Merdekanya Kita (Our Independence) on Thursday.

But it was told on Tuesday that the play had not been approved.

The play portrays the way ordinary people in South-east Asia view independence and it explores issues of history and social values.

It was denied permission because the play was deemed by the Malaysian authorities to "touch on the sensitivities of Malaysian society, especially its political and social aspects".

Teater Kami's marketing executive Rafil Kamaruddin said the group submitted an appeal on Wednesday but it received no word by opening night so it cancelled its shows.

The company was scheduled to perform for two nights, Thursday and on Friday, at the 120-seat black box theatre of the Damansara Performing Arts Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

In a telephone interview from Malaysia, the director of the play, Atin, 56, said: "I am disappointed.

This was supposed to be our first time performing in Malaysia.

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