THE topic of reality TV shows caught the attention of MPs during question time, with several of them questioning the moral and educational values of such programmes.
Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) said reality shows had become an extraordinary phenomenon, noting that winners were not judged on their talent but through the whimsical opinions of the public via the short messaging service (SMS).
Datuk Paduka Badruddin Amiruddin (BN – Jerai) urged the Government to regulate such shows.
On the other hand, Deputy Energy, Water and Communication Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said programmes like Akademi Fantasia (AF), Mentor and Malaysian Idol have helped build the careers of talented Malaysians.
“Thirty-eight AF talents found jobs in the entertainment industry and AF also helped to develop the local music industry,” he said.
He said although the contributions via SMS for the three segments of Akademi Fantasia totalled RM12.25mil, the cost of the programme came up to RM19.24mil.
Shaziman said his ministry was now studying the content of the programmes together with the Information Ministry and Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry to ensure they meet national aspirations.