Artistes can breathe easy now

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Artistes and workers in the entertainment industry will be covered for amounts ranging between RM1,000 and RM4,000 under a specially-designed insurance scheme.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, who disclosed this, said two types of coverage life and accident would be introduced.

Artistes, writers and sculptors will get RM1,000 if they die or meet with accidents.

Those working behind the scenes will get a payout of RM4,000, while actors, singers, comedians, musicians and others will be given RM3,000.

“The insurance scheme is a mark of respect for our local artistes. We are putting their welfare first.

“If the amount is not enough, we can add more later,” he said yesterday after attending the re-opening of the Coliseum cinema and the handing over of the 1Malaysia Creative Arts aid to 25 creative arts NGOs.

The age-old cinema has been upgraded and can now seat 474 people.

Dr Rais said the ministry would meet soon with the relevant NGOs to explain the insurance scheme and seek their feedback.

Last December, the minister announced the insurance scheme following a call by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for a review of the entertainment industry.

The insurance scheme received the thumbs-up from Seniman president Rozaidi Jamil, who said more than 5,000 of its members would benefit.

On some quarters who chose to screen the movie Tanda Putera, Dr Rais said the ministry was still abiding by the Cabinet's decision to defer its screening.

He called on those who wanted to screen the film to discuss the matter with the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).

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