Did old nude couple delay Economist magazine in M'sia?

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The latest print copies of The Economist in Malaysia were delayed due to "unknown reasons", leaving subscribers scratching their heads. 

But a well-known Malaysian critic has seemingly solved the mystery, by posting a censored photo of an old naked couple from the magazine on his Instagram. 

Radio show host and film critic Umapagan Ampikaipakan tweeted on Wednesday: 

Mr Ampikaipakan shows the censored version next to the offending one, which shows the old couple's genitals barely covered by golf clubs.

The London-based magazine had emailed its readers three days ago saying that the delayed delivery was due to "sensitive content", though it did not specify the content. 

But the Home Ministry said they did not find problems with the latest edition.

Royal Malaysian Customs also said that they did not know where the batch of magazines was currently kept, reported The Malay Mail Online. 

But Mr Ampikaipakan seemed to have found himself a copy and lets readers decide for themselves.

Malaysian censorship

Between January 2009 and August 2010, Malaysia censored 11 issues of the weekly. 

The 2009 Christmas issue featured a near-naked Adam and Eve on the cover, but Malaysian authorities covered up her bare breasts. 

In January, pig faces were also blacked out in Malaysian copies of the International New York Times.

"We’ve been doing this for some time. We block out pictures of nudes and things like these. This is a Muslim country,” said a spokesman from the printing company. 

Source: The Malay Mail Online, Instagram, Twitter