1,000 music industry players to get RM500


Compiled by C. ARUNO, JUNAID IBRAHIM and R. ARAVINTHAN

ABOUT 1,000 music industry players stand to gain royalties amounting to RM500 each, which are expected to be paid out early next year, Kosmo! reported.

The initial payment to musicians and local singers involved RM11.7mil that was outstanding in 2018, according to Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid.

“The royalties will be paid to members registered under the Recording Performers Malaysia Bhd and Performers’ Rights and Interest Society of Malaysia Bhd (Prism).

“For a start, we will pay RM500 to those eligible while the rest will be paid after some conditions are scrutinised by their respective licensing bodies, ” he said.

Rosol said this after chairing a meeting attended by officials of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO), which acts as an intermediary body with the licensing bodies involved in the collection and distribution of royalties in the local music industry.

He noted that among the methods used to set the royalty payments were via reports on the use of songs on television and radio.

> Singer and actress Amira Othman has been admitted to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur since Saturday due to a muscle injury.

Berita Harian reported that doctors had found that she suffered from rhabdomyolysis – muscle-related injuries – caused by exercise routines.

“I felt pain and body aches after doing indoor cycling recently.

“The routine wasn’t too intensive but as I pedalled, my knees felt weak but I kept going, ” said the singer known for the song Jaga-Jaga.

She said the pain did not subside after a few days and her thighs began to swell, and she had difficulty walking or lying down.

“On the third day, I found that my urine had turned darker. That’s when I realised I needed to go to the hospital, ” she said.

The doctors are monitoring the condition of her kidneys and liver as the disease could affect the organs as well, she said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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