Finas urged to publish list of grant recipients to prevent misappropriation


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It's been said that funds for the making of films had been misappropriated by some industry players for personal gain. Photo: AFP

The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) has been urged to list all the recipients of its grants or funds and make the list public to address the issue of misappropriation of funds in the film industry.

Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM) president, Panchacharam Nalliah, also known as Pansha, said the list should be published on Finas’ website as practised by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and other government agencies.

He said production companies or individuals who had received grants or funds from the corporation but failed to deliver should be blacklisted or face legal action.

"(Finas also needs to) work with local film associations to blacklist their members, whether production companies or individuals (art activists) found irresponsible after being given the opportunity to receive the grants,” he said in the statement.

Finas chairman Zakaria Abdul Hamid was recently reported as saying that RM30mil of funds for the making of films had been misappropriated by some industry players for personal gain. – Bernama

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