KUALA LUMPUR: Local films should include all ethnic groups to reflect Malaysias multi-racial society and to enable the industry to grow, said Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Every segment of society must be involved. Only then will we have true Malaysian films, he said.
If we look at it, Malaysian films focus only on the Malay community, he added after opening the Layar Perak: Warisan Perfileman Negara exhibition at the Department of Museums and Antiquities here yesterday.
Dr Rais said his ministry was proposing a credit scheme for filmmakers in view of the good response given to new films like Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam.
He said he would enlist the help of the Tourism Ministry to identify prospective foreign markets for Malaysian films.
We want to ensure Malaysian films will make their presence felt in Asia and the world.
We do not want to be smothered throughout our lives by Hollywood and Bollywood, he added.
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