The Media Development Authority has responded to my suggestions to improve the administration of arts entertainment licences.
REPLY FROM MEDIA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, SINGAPORE, ON 25 AUGUST 2006
We refer to your email addressed to PS/MICA Mr Tan Chin Nam dated 7 Aug 2006 on the above subject.
With regard to the licence for the Sama Sama exhibition, MDA did not receive the full set of pictures until two days before the event. MDA's requirement is for materials to be received at least 2 weeks before the date of an event. All of the pictures found objectionable were among the ones submitted late.
As for Smegma, it was upon closer scrutiny of the script that MDA decided to withdraw the licence as the play undermined the values underpinning Singapore's multi-racial, multi-religious society, and portrayed Muslims in a negative light. This was done after consultation with the Arts Consultative Panel.
We have noted your recommendations to improve the licensing of arts entertainment. We thank you for your feedback.
Amy Tsang (Mrs)
Media Content Division
Media Development Authority