By Murali Ramachandran
The Minority Media Organization (MiMe) expressed gratitude to the Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) minister’s effort on ensuring the welfare of local arts, creative industry and its practitioners.
MiMe chairman, Harnarain Singh Gill said it was refreshing to see KKMM Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah taking an apolitical approach and working within tandem with the FINAS board which was appointed by the previous administration.
“Despite the COVID-19 stress and political distress experienced by the nation, Saifuddin’s mature approach, concurrence and apolitical participation helps restore confidence that the industry and practitioner’s welfare is well thought of and is being considered by both sides of the divide.
“Thank you and congratulations Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah”, said Harnarain in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 14.
On Monday, April 13 Saifuddin had said that various efforts are being made to ensure the welfare of individuals from the local arts and creative industry.
The member of parliament for Indera Mahkota had also said that the ministry was concerned about their situation following the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Perikatan Nasional lawmaker said KKMM would also ensure more job opportunities and creative content could be generated through the Digital Content Fund through agencies such as the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) and the Malaysian Digital Economic Corporation (MDEC).
The Minister’s statement of support for the industry came right after National Film Development Board (FINAS) Chairman, Datuk Hans Isaac had announced a list of proactive measures for the industry that included Bridging Funds, a Post COVID 19 Response Digital Content Fund (DKD) and guidelines for production houses and Cinema hall’s post-COVID-19.