Amylea Azizan disappointed with state of music industry

SINGER and songwriter Amylea Azizan (pic right) has expressed disappointment at the current state of the music industry, claiming that certain people are creating controversy only to gain popularity, reported Utusan Malaysia.

The 36-year-old, who began her journey in the industry after appearing on the singing reality show Akademi Fantasia 18 years ago, said she had been persistent and hardworking to get to her current position.

“As an artiste, I want our industry to grow with the presence of good talent, not the shallowness of ‘outsiders’ who are not singers but want to produce songs by creating controversy.

“There are also people who suggested that I follow them by creating controversy so that my name would become popular and attract listeners. I refused because I didn’t want to ruin my career and integrity.”

She said the trend for popularity had tarnished the industry and pushed her to the verge of giving up.

“People think my spirit is strong as I can survive in the entertainment world. The reality is that I’m tired of competing with people who race to create controversy.

“Because of them, the space for good talent, who should be given a chance to stand out, is getting slimmer.

“I believe we can stop this culture. Don’t give our attention to these industry pests. The choice is in our hands,” she said.

> Harian Metro reported that the death of a 17-year-old boy who was crushed by a chair flung from the upper floor of a Sri Pantai flat in Kuala Lumpur had not deterred residents from continuing to throw rubbish.

A survey by the Malay daily at Block 100 of the Sri Pantai Flats found that not only was garbage dumped around the area but the nets installed on the stairs were also used to “catch rubbish”.

The nets were installed following the death of the teenager on Jan 17, 2018.

Local resident Roshaida Jakar, 46, said warnings had not deterred the irresponsible acts.

“Compounds and warning letters have all been issued, but this attitude needs to be changed on its own, not forced by others. There is still garbage being thrown in the area, where the stink is disturbing the residents. “Sometimes, I have to hire cleaners to clean the garbage of other residents,” she said.

Sri Pantai Flat Residents Association chairman Mohamed Talib, 60, said there was a need for stricter laws and actions as the warnings had been ignored.

> A Kampung Digital project will be launched in Melaka, the first initiative in the country to improve the management of population and village administration systems, reported Berita Harian.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusof said the effort, which would not involve any financial cost, would help the service delivery system and facilitate government administration.

He said under the current method, there were many problems in the sending and receiving of letters, especially in traditional villages, due to the residents having common addresses.

The initiative, he said, would alter the service of sending and receiving documents, including utility bills, banking and land grant matters as well as dealings with local authorities.

● The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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