RTM to produce local telenovela


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 13 Dec 2003

BY V. CHANDRASEKARAN

SUNGAI PETANI: Radio-Television Malaysia (RTM) plans to come out with local versions of telenovela, the made-for-television productions based on popular novels. 

Those currently being shown on TV, including the private stations and satellite station Astro, are largely imported from Latin America as well as from Spain, the Philippines and Thailand. 

Deputy Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said these imported telenovela series were not conducive for Malaysian viewers. 

“We find they have a negative effect on our culture – not only on the Malays but on other races as well. 

“Many aspects, including lifestyles depicted in the imported series, are not in line with Malaysian culture,” he said after attending a Hari Raya gathering hosted by Merbok MP Tun Daim Zainuddin at Bukit Selambau near here on Thursday.  

To kick off its local telenovela series, RTM has chosen the work of novelist Hamzah Hussein, Rumah Itu Dunia Ku (That House is My World) for a 16-episode production that is expected to be aired in April next year. 

Zainuddin said the decision was made at a meeting here on Dec 10. 

RTM was finalising the details, including the cost, of the hour-long telenovela which would be shown daily, he said. 

He added, however, that RTM had yet to decide whether to produce the series on its own or give the job to a private production house. 

He said the locally produced telenovela would not be adapted only from Malay novels but also from those in other languages, such as English, Chinese and Tamil. 

“What we want is to have experienced producers to produce quality local telenovela series for our viewers. It is not expensive to produce them locally,” he said. 

The local series could also be marketed to other countries, Zainuddin said. 

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