By: Meor Shariman
KUALA LUMPUR - Mat Rempit and transvestites will soon be missing from Malaysian movies and television.
A new ruling by the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry two months ago bans local filmmakers from showing Mat Rempit and men in women's clothes in their productions.
The directive follows a letter from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to the Home Ministry to ban the term "Mat Rempit" in film and TV productions, and to ban scenes showing illegal racing and activities involving Mat Rempit.
Sources said it was one of the government's ways to fight immoral activities linked to both groups.
It is a fact that each time a movie about Mat Rempit is shown in the cinemas, police have to be on high alert.
The most recent example was the box-office hit Bohsia: Jangan Pilih Jalan Hitam. The same week the Skop Productions' film hit cinemas, police had to double operations against illegal racing in major cities.
The media had a field day reporting Mat Rempit high jinks throughout the period the movie was screened.
It was the same when KL Menjerit Episod 1 and Remp-It were screened in 2005 and 2006.
The new rule will affect two high-profile films - Remp-It V3 and Anu Dalam Botol. Remp-It V3, by Metrowealth Movies Production, is completed and is waiting for the okay from the Censor ship Board.
But with the new rules, will this film ever see the light of day? It will not be a problem to drop the word Remp-It from its title but to snip all scenes that show Mat Rempit?
That will be impossible because the movie, as the title suggests, is about the life of Mat Rempit. The controversial Anu Dalam Botol is a film about a gay couple - Brokeback Mountain Malaysian style.
The story revolves around a man who went for a sex operation to show his undying love for his lover. Produced by Raja Azmi Raja Sulaiman, the film is expected to begin filming by the end of year.
Films featuring illegal racing do well at the box office. KL Menjerit and its sequel, KL Menjerit Episod 1, Remp-It and Bohsia are three movies that focus on the life of Mat Rempit and did well at the box off ice.
Many Malaysian films have at least one scene on Mat Rempit and a man dressed in women's clothes (not necessarily a transvestite). Hit films that featured a scene or two of Mat Rempit and men in drag are Sifu & Tongga, Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak and Senario The Movie Episod 1. How will this new rule affect the booming local movie industry? Only the filmmakers have the answer.