Umno Youth exco member Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya is urging the government to review its approval of “Dracula Untold“, which is now showing in cinemas nationwide. He said the film had elements of Dracula Untold insulting Islam.
He first spoke up regarding the issue via his Twitter account, saying that the movie needs to be withdrawn from the silver screens and reevaluated because it has elements that insult Islam:
— Fathul Bari (@ustazfathulbari) October 6, 2014
The film “Dracula Untold” needs to be reevaluated. It has elements that insult Islam.
His above message was also directed to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin as they were tagged in the tweet.
At that time, Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya was responding to a Twitter user who claimed the film is sensitive because it has scenes that show an agreement being made between a Turkish Sultan and the Prince of Transylvania, written in the name of Allah. “There were scenes of a blood on paper agreement, written in the name of Allah. Certainly sensitive to the Muslims,” he said.
He said that his concern is not only for “Dracula Untold”, a film he deems is insulting Islam but he will also loudly criticise if the same issue befalls on any other religion. “We also do not agree to any film or drama which involves insults to any religion other than Islam. We advocate respect for religious differences,” he said.
“Dracula Untold” is a fictitious film of the horror genre, adapted from the popular Bram Stoker novel. The film tells the story of a prince (played by Luke Evans) who ruled Transylvania and had to make an unspeakable deal in order to save his family from the clutches of the government and the Turkish army.
The film is also being criticised for not only the display of the blood agreement scene in which includes the written word of Allah but also the portrayal of “Dracula Untold” antagonist Sultan of Turkey Sultan Mahmet II as a brutal man who takes children and enlists them into his army.
As such, Dr Fathul Bari Mat Jahya also urged FINAS for their attention on the issue, citing that if they continued to allow the screening of film, it will eventually have a negative effect.