Fatimah: Nurture the local content industry

THE state wants the private sector to offer training opportunities in innovative and creative fields, said Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datin Fatimah Abdullah.

She said it would be a way to nurture young Sarawakians talented in fields such as providing content for the communications and multimedia industries.

“We believe Sarawak does not lack in creative and innovative talents. It’s important for us to encourage them and provide opportunities for them to fulfil their potential.

“As such, we encourage the private sector to set up training institutes,” she told reporters after opening a local-content workshop organised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission in Kuching yesterday.

An example of a private training institution doing this was Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, which had a campus in Kuching, she added.

In her speech, Fatimah said the content industry was set to grow significantly in tandem with the development of communication and multimedia networks.

She said it was important for local content to be developed so that communication and media networks in the country would not be dominated by foreign content.

“The content industry offers us opportunities to create new revenue streams for businesses in the country.

“It also offers us the chance to project our culture and national identity to the world. So, we must nurture our local content industry,” she said.

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