The new chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas), Zakaria Abdul Hamid, will meet stakeholders of the arts industry soon to discuss its direction and ways to strengthen development of the local creative industry.
Zakaria said he is committed to bringing the industry to a higher level with the help of industry players and driving it towards a recovery phase through policy enhancement, encouragement, services and marketability in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I am committed, (so) within this one week, I will contact the industry players and I want to hear about the problems they face. I’m confident that they are experienced and will have ideas on how to move forward.
"We are confident that we will be able to lay a strong foundation for this industry to go international, ” he said at a media conference here today.
The businessman and community activist also said that Finas has extended financial assistance worth RM120,000 to the industry people whose activities have been affected by the enforcement of the Conditional Movement Control Order.
"We will also establish a foundation to help them; it’s difficult to get government funding so we should have our own foundation. If anything happens to the people in the industry, we can help them directly,” said Zakaria.
Commenting on his suitability to lead Finas, he said his lack of experience in the industry should not be a problem because he has a capable team to help him.
"I am the ‘driver’ for the team; I will make sure the ‘vehicle’ is on track. In terms of expertise, between the board of directors and management of Finas, they have the qualifications and vast experience, ” he said.
Businessman and community activist, Zakaria was appointed as the new chairman of Finas effective from May 23 by the Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. Zakaria replaces Datuk Hans Isaac, whose contract was terminated recently.
Saifuddin also appointed KRU Studios president Datuk Norman Abdul Halim as Finas deputy chairman.
Among the new board members are Datuk Prof Dr Abdul Razak Mohaideen, Datuk Sri Eizlan Yusof, Denes Kumar Ragupathy and Lina Tan Suan Jeu. - Bernama