PUTRAJAYA: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry has decided that participation in the Best Film category at the Malaysia Film Festival (FMM) in September will be open to all film industry players in the country.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said they had also created a new category, Best Film in the National Language, for the festival, organised by the Malaysia National Film Development Corporation (Finas).
He said the decision was made after taking into account the views and suggestions from all parties, including film industry players and members of the public.
"We are always willing to hear grouses from the industry players and at the same time, we don't neglect our responsibility of empowering Bahasa Malaysia as the national language," said Salleh in a statement Wednesday.
Prior to this, various quarters including MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had called on Finas not to segregate films in Bahasa Malaysia from those in other languages submitted for competition at the FMM this time.
Some local film industry players had objected to the films Ola Bola and Jagat being nominated for the Best Non-Bahasa Malaysia Film category. – Bernama