Government to impose new move on TV stations

ALL TV stations will soon be required to prominently air films and documentaries of national interest. 

They must include subjects pertaining to community issues, environmentalattractions and concerns, history and cultural heritage, tourism attractions and multi-religious values that would be produced by the Government. 

Broadcasting laws would be amended to make this possible so that television would not be just about entertainment and making money, said Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim. 

RAISING A POINT: Rais and Dr Andrew Taussig of Oxford University chatting asveteran actor Datuk Mustaffa Maarof stands behind them.

The Government has outlined 12 to 15 important topics and events on Malaysia that would be made into documentaries and films and shown nationwide and abroad, he said. 

Among them are: 

  • RAINFORESTS, jungles and national parks of the states; 

  • RELIGIOUS composition and topics ranging from Islam Hadhari to all aspects of life about the multi-religious and multi-cultural communities in Malaysia; and 

  • LOCAL cultural shows such as wayang kulit (Malay puppet show) and ngajat (Iban warrior dance) 

    Speaking at the opening of the First Asean-News World International-Finas Environmental Film Festival here yesterday, Rais said the Government realised film was the most powerful communication tool and could play a major role in nation-building. 

    Rais said TV stations today had focus on cinematic movies and entertainment and had neglected many important aspects of Malaysian life.  

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