Motac, Communications Ministry discussing ways to support local artistes

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  • Tuesday, 11 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) is discussing with the Communications and Multimedia Ministry regarding the scope of their respective ministries in supporting local artistes.

Motac Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (pic) said this comes as many local artistes and talent are looking for avenues to get assistance.

"We are discussing our respective scopes from time to time.

"There are still some gray areas which have not been identified," she said at a press conference at the Arts and Culture Academy (Aswara) here on Tuesday (Aug 11).

In her speech, Nancy said that the Ministry intends to uphold the cause of the music and arts industry, as it plays an important role in uniting and binding a multicultural society, such as in Malaysia.

She said the ministry had disbursed RM668,000 to 243 NGOs who are linked to the arts and culture industry.

Nancy, along with National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Sadique, was attending the launch of late Blues Gang bassist Jim Madasamy's blues album in Tamil - the very first of its kind in Malaysia.

The album was produced 12 years ago before Madasamy's death in 2018, but was only released now.

An Artistes' Fund in the musician's name was also launched to help local artistes who has poor health and are going through tough times.

Amalan Setar (M) Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Seri Rajendran Ramasamy had donated RM100,000 to kick start the fund.

At the event, a sum token was presented to 10 artistes in need of support and to Madasamy's widow Soo Leak Meng.

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