Malaysian Indian Cong for Lifting Ban on Vishwaroopam
Malaysia's largest ethnic Indian political party has asked the government to talk to local Muslim groups in the country to find a solution to lift the ban on Tamil film Vishwaroopam directed by legendary actor Kamal Hassan.

The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) said in a statement that lifting the ban would make fans of Kamal Hassan and Malaysian Indians believe that the ban was not due to any bad intention on the part of the government.

"Being a strong supporter of ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional, I request that the minister have a dialogue with the Indian Muslim movement and find an amicable solution and lift the ban as soon as possible," MIC Central Working Committee member K P Samy said.

Samy joined the call by local NGO Hindraf Makkal Sakti to allow the screening of the movie. He said the movie was banned in Tamil Nadu due to strong opposition by the Indian Muslim groups over elements deemed sensitive to Muslims.

The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia had initially approved Vishwaroopam and Lotus Fivestar AV started screening the movie on January 24. The approval, however, was withdrawn the next day following a Home Ministry directive.

The board's control and enforcement division secretary Razak Derahman said the movie was suspended on the minister's orders.

Tamil films have a huge fan following among the ethnic Indian Tamils here.
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