Art activists are adhering to standard operating procedure (SOP) to curb the spread of Covid-19, especially in outdoor filming, even though the guidelines are not easy to follow.
Rumah Karya Citra Sdn Bhd production manager Rosmunira Rashid said there was no problem for them to comply with the SOP when filming indoors, but the difficulties arose when filming outdoor.
"Hot weather, limited space, maintaining social distancing in a small space and wearing a face mask at times have been a little inconvenient but we are still adhering to the SOP set," she told Bernama.
However, Rosmunira suggested some flexibility on the SOP at filming locations.
"Due to the SOPs, we are not able to shoot at many scenic locations, ” she lamented.
However, actress Nabila Huda was more concerned about the spread of Covid-19 and did not want the SOP relaxed.
"We should just comply with the SOP just like other fellow Malaysians, it's not that difficult," said Nabila.
Actress Nora Danish said she and the film crew only need to make sure that they follow the SOP so that filming can continue.
"If we don’t follow SOP, I would be more concerned about those working behind-the-scene who were badly affected during the MCO.
"We should all follow and observe the SOPs so that shooting can resume, ” she said.
Rosmunira, Nabila and Nora were met by Bernama after Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah inspected the filming location and was briefed on the filming activities in Kuala Lumpur on March 20.
On March 9, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said outdoor filming under CMCO and RMCO areas would be subject to SOP under the Creative Content Development and must follow the requirements set by National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).
Government ready to discuss entertainment tax exemption for cinemas
Meanwhile, the government is ready to discuss proposals on the exemption of entertainment tax for cinema operators affected by the Covid-19 outbreak, said Saifuddin.
He said although there were complaints and suggestions on the matter from the industry, no official memorandum had been sent to the ministry.
According to Saifuddin, the collection of entertainment tax comes under the jurisdiction of the local authorities in their respective states, however, the Federal government is still open to discussion.
"I have heard complaints (on entertainment tax exemptions) for a long time, but since the Covid-19 pandemic began, this matter has gained traction. There is no official memorandum yet, but I am aware of this matter and we are looking into it.
"I very much welcome any formal application (on this matter), and we are ready to discuss as during this Covid-19 situation, everyone is suffering, so wherever we can help, we will do so, ” he said after visiting and monitoring compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOP) at the Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) in Midvalley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur on March 20.
Meanwhile, Saifuddin called on the public to head to the cinemas, saying that there was nothing to worry about if all the set SOP were adhered to.
"The opening of cinemas will help the economy and help boost the income of cinema staff and other related industries," he said. – Bernama