Friday 21 February 2003

'Condom' ban stalls Malaysian ads

A ban on the word "condom" on Malaysian airwaves is hampering AIDS awareness campaigns on local television and radio, a report said.

But the Malaysian AIDS Council, headed by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's daughter Marina, is using guile to get around the problem, the Sun said.

"Even when we conducted a radio show on AIDS awareness, we had to plant people to call up the station to ask 'So what is a condom for?' just so that we would be able to talk about it," Marina Mahathir was quoted as saying.

Malaysia's censors are infamous for their bans on books and films as they seek to keep sex under cover, recently banning an episode of the popular television comedy "Friends" when the actors were deemed to be a little too friendly.

2003 AFP