Film producers protest

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 21 Jul 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: A row is brewing between the Malaysian Film Producers Association and National Film Development Cor­poration of Malaysia (Finas).

Local film producers are disappointed with the Information, Com-munications and Culture Ministry over the appointment of two active film-makers on the Finas board.

They felt that the appointment of producer David Teo and director Ahmad Idham would be unfair to others in the film industry as it gave them access to privileged information.

Association president Ahmad Puad Onah said the association had submitted a memorandum to the minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, on April 14 but nothing had been done.

The memorandum stated that association members were upset with the appointments of Teo and Idham, as they could have access to information on all their competitors and other developments in Finas.

“We are shocked that the minister has not responded to our memorandum. This is a serious conflict of interest. If anyone wants to participate in a regulatory body, they must first resign from all their busi­ness interests,” Ahmad Puah said.

Association secretary Norman Abdul Halim, who was also present, said the ministry had failed to safeguard the interests of local film-makers.

He explained that the association was not against the Finas appointments but was concerned over conflict of interest.

“How can you be a player and referee at the same time? That is not fair,” he said.

Norman, of KRU Motion Pictures, said there could be a conflict of interest in the disbursement of the Creative Content Fund worth RM200mil to local film-makers by the ministry.

When contacted, Finas director-general Mohd Mahyidin Mustakin declined to comment.

Also present at the press conference were PFM vice-president Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba and Federation of Screen Guilds of Malaysia (Gafim) vice-president Datuk M. Daud.

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