Finas may tighten rules after cave damage


Compiled by DIYANA PFORDTEN, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

FOLLOWING damage to the fossil and cave wall of Gua Matsoorat in Ipoh allegedly caused by the crew of a drama series, the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) says that conditions for the application for a filming certificate may be tightened, reported Berita Harian.

Finas chief executive officer Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri said they are disappointed over the damage to the national treasure in Gua Matsoorat, which, he added, could lead to a negative perception of the local creative industry.

“I will not be surprised if the rules to carry out filming are tightened after this incident. This act committed by irresponsible parties has marred the image of our industry. It might make it difficult for us to shoot at a specific location again, ” he said.

Ahmad Idham said the production manager has to take responsibility for the incident.

“Often, it’s the production manager who handles the process and permission to enter a location. The manager should protect and respect the location, ” he said, urging associtions such as Profima (Professional Film Workers’ Association of Malaysia), Seniman and Malaysian Directors’ Association to come forward to take responsibility.

> The founder and chairman of Amal Team, Mohd Zulhairi Zainol, says he is overcome with sadness each time he manages an unclaimed body, reported Sinar Harian.

He said in the six years that he has carried out the task, he has always ensured that the remains are handled as soon as possible because he feels a sense of responsibility towards his fellow believers.

“When we see that the corpse has started to rot, we will feel sad and the situation will cause us to reflect on what will happen to our own body when we die.

“Every time I get a case where a deceased has no heir or the body is unclaimed, I will want to speed up the management of the remains, ” he said, adding that the funeral arrangements are done quickly once there is permission to release the body from the hospital.

Mohd Zulhairi said the unclaimed bodies are usually handed over to his NGO after being kept by the hospital for about three or four months, sometimes for about a year.

He said that in a month, his NGO manages at least two cases of unclaimed bodies in the country, with more cases in the Klang Valley because of the high population.

> Actor Sharnaaz Ahmad is not one to accept just any acting offer as he is selective about the storyline and character that he can best embody, reported Harian Metro.

“So far I’ve found that there’s not much difference in the plots in most Malay dramas.

“It’s not that I want to demand to play certain characters, but I will choose characters that I feel good portraying and shows with an interesting storyline.

“If the role feels less appropriate for me, then maybe it’s meant for another actor. There is no need to fight, ” he said.

Sharnaaz said many new actors will then have the opportunity to take up the roles and perhaps even do better.

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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