Hantu Bonceng to ride on
Malaysian authorities have cleared the hit comedy-horror Hantu Bonceng. They were called on to re-evaluate the film after complaints from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).
The PAS had claimed that the film, which was released in 80 theatres on 31 Aug, contained elements that insulted Islam. Directed by Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri, the film is about a man haunted by the ghost of a woman killed when riding on his motor bike.
The film was approved by the Malaysian Censorship Board without cuts before release, but the PAS complaints caused the Malaysian Islamic Development Board (Jakim) to take another look. After review, the board said that the film’s dialogue was not insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, according to state news agency Bernama.
The film, released in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore, scored RM8.4 million ($2.67 million) through its theatrical release and subsequent screenings on the Astro First pay-TV platform.