Datuk Yusof Haslam slams accusations of nepotism in Malaysia Film Festival

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  • Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016

Director Yusof Haslam says that he has been affected by accusations of nepotism. Photo: Filepic

Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM) president and filmmaker Datuk Yusof Haslam has lashed out at his critics at a Finas dialogue session on Aug 8.

PFM was said to be behind the decision to separate nominees like Jagat and Ola Bola into the Non-Bahasa Malaysia categories for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay for the upcoming 28th Malaysia Film Festival (FFM 28).

"I know what people are saying about me on social media. They said I used my influence to make sure films like Munafik and Mat Moto are nominated," Yusof said.

Munafik and Mat Moto are films produced by Yusof's Skop Productions. Both films, directed by his sons Syamsul and Syafiq respectively, are Best Film nominees. He says he is affected by accusations of nepotism.

(From left) Syafiq, Yusof and Syamsul are committed towards making quality films. Photo: Skop Productions
(From left) Syafiq, Yusof and Syamsul. Photo: Skop Productions

"I have nothing to do with the nominees selection process. I myself was surprised when I heard about Mat Moto's nominations. The members of the judging committee were selected by Finas," he explained.

Yusof also clarified that the decision for having non-Bahasa Malaysia categories was purely to uphold the national language.

For local productions to qualify for a Best Film nomination, a 70% Bahasa Malaysia use in dialogue is required.

"I will not compromise on that. This year when we had the discussion on nominees, PFM wholeheartedly agreed that we should create more categories for non-Bahasa Malaysia films to compete as there are more Tamil and Mandarin language films being made now."

In an emotional speech, Yusof also announced that he does not want to be a part of the FFM committee next year. However, he will remain in PFM.

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