National Monument not suitable venue for Warriors Day

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  • Thursday, 01 Apr 2010

WARRIORS Day will not be held at the National Monument as the National Fatwa Council has found the venue unsuitable for the celebration, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom.

The council found the venue unsuitable because the monument was in the form of human statues, he said.

“The Fatwa Council’s guidelines say that the venue should not have items in the shape of humans, as this can be controversial,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said a Warriors Square would be built on a permanent site in Putrajaya for future celebrations.

“We will not celebrate Warriors Day at the National Monument on July 31. This is to abide by the decision made by the National Fatwa Council,” he said.

Meanwhile, Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the services of companies collecting royalties on behalf of the music industry might be replaced by a special body formed by the ministry.

He said the ministry was aware of complaints by some local artistes and performers who are unhappy with their royalties.

He added the rate of royalty payments accorded to performers was based on negotiations bet­ween copyright owners, trade associations and royalty collection bodies.

“However, some of the artistes claimed that they are not involved with the activities of the private companies collecting music royalties on their behalf.

“The artistes also said that they didn’t give their permission to these companies to collect royalties.

“The Copyright Act will be amended soon. Among the recommendations that are being discussed is the formation of a special body, directly supervised by the ministry, to oversee the collection of music royalties,” he said in his winding-up speech during the debate on his ministry.

On anti-profiteering legislation, Ismail said the Price Control Act will be amended to include anti-profiteering efforts.

It will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by the middle of next month.

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