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Monday October 10, 2011

No tax rebate for Nasi Lemak 2.0

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Film Development Corporation (Finas) has declared that the movie Nasi Lemak 2.0 is not entitled to a 20% tax rebate under its new incentive for local films because it did not qualify for mandatory screening status.

“The film Nasi Lemak 2.0 has been viewed with prejudice because the producer (Namewee) had sparked a controversy before,” Finas director-general Mohd Naguib Razak said in a press statement.

Appealing against the Finas ruling, the film's executive producer Fred Chong told The Daily Chilli: “Namewee is not the producer. He's the script writer and director. I'm the producer and I'm not controversial.”

Chong, who is gathering all supporting documents from the Prime Minister's Department, added: “We're coming up with more justifications and explanations. Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (the minister in the Prime Minister's Department) has given us his endorsement, saying Nasi Lemak 2.0 is a 1Malaysia film.”

If box office collection is anything to go by, the feel-good comedy raked in RM4.5mil just two weeks after it was released in September.

Chong said he had yet to get the exact box office figures for Nasi Lemak 2.0 after its five-week run at the Malaysian cinemas.

“But 20% tax out of it is a lot of money for us. We're just a small player in the local film industry.”

On Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) pulling the movie from its theatres after Astro First (paid movie TV channel) bought over the screening rights, Chong said: “We're not trying to stop people from going to the cinemas. Astro First is a good platform to showcase Malaysian films on TV weeks after the cinemas have shown them.

“We have had families who wrote in, saying they couldn't go to the cinemas because they've got young children.”

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