Photo studio owners seek govt’s help at society’s 65th anniversary dinner

1 (From left) Tan Chee Keong, Liew Chee Wai, Kuan Tan, Lim, Ng Wei Lee, Dr Wee, Datuk Seri Michael Chong, Wichien Tangtumsatid and George Lin at a cake-cutting ceremony during the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Photographic Society 65th Anniversary Dinner. 2. Recipients of scholarship granted by society committee member Raymond Tang Han Peng (standing fifth from left) posing for a photo at the dinner. Photos: CHAN TAK KONG

PHOTO studio operators want the Immigration Department to open the photo-taking facility to them.

The Federation of Commercial Photographic Society Malaysia president Lim Kim Cheei said the industry was greatly affected by the widespread use of digital cameras and mobile phones with camera function.

“Our business is already going downhill and it has become worse after we lost the passport photo business,” he said at the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Photographic Society’s 65th anniversary dinner here.

Currently, passport photos must be taken at the Immigration counters, and no fee is charged.

Lim hopes the government would consider their request or give the public an option of having their pictures taken by professional studios.

He conveyed this request to guest-of-honour and MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who said he could arrange for the society members to meet the Immigration director-general over the issue.

Dr Wee, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department overseeing the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) portfolio, also informed the society members of the newly launched Kojadi SME Loan Scheme (KSME).

He urged them to apply for the soft loan, set aside by the government under Budget 2015 to help Chinese SMEs.

The RM50mil fund is being managed by Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia (Kojadi) – a cooperative of MCA.

Dr Wee also encouraged them to contact the Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurs (Same) if they need any assistance.

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