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Malaysia upping security around US Embassy following anti-Islam film protests
Publication Date : 15-09-2012
Malaysia's Home Ministry has implemented safety measures including patrolling the US embassy in light of outrage over a film which allegedly insulted Prophet Muhammad.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the ministry understood the outrage by Muslims globally, thus measures to ensure the safety of the party of which protest was directed at had to be taken.
"I understand the hidden agenda of such a movie in wanting to provoke a negative reaction from the Muslim community."
"We are also monitoring the US embassy as part of security and safety measures," he told pressmen after launching the Hulu Terengganu Umno meeting here today.
He added the ministry had not received any application from the movie distributor to screen the controversial film in Malaysia.
"It is under the purview of the Film Censorship Board as well."
"Personally, I cannot accept the content of the film," he said.
In Lumut, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir called on the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to to take action against the film trailers that were widely circulated on Youtube.
"The film casting Prophet Muhammad and Islam in a negative light has infuriated Muslims worldwide," he told reporters after attending his Hari Raya Open House in Dewan Merdeka today.
Kadir said several Middle Eastern countries had also banned the film in their countries following a series of protests carried out there.