IMDA censored the middle finger scene in Top Gun

Channel 5 was showing Top Gun yesterday evening. I seldom watch TV nowadays but I can’t give this 30 year old classic a miss.
But something seems different. They censored the iconic scene where Tom Cruise was flying inverted and “communicating” with the enemy plane. (AKA showing the middle finger)
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Ok, I know the movie was showing at 7pm and there are kids watching. But censoring away a scene because it contains the middle finger seems a bit extreme. What is wrong with the censorship board? Are they telling us that the middle finger is not suitable for a movie rated PG?
So it is ok to show premarital sex, topless man in locker room and war scene where a couple of fighter jets get shot down. But it is not ok to show someone showing the middle finger? Seriously? No wonder people are watching less TV nowadays. Why bother watching a badly censored movie? Go get the DVD or stream on Netflix instead.
Well, thank you IMDA for ruining a classic movie like Top Gun. This image is for you.
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PS: They censored this scene too.

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