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FINAS gets new head

Writer: Elaine Ewe


Mohd Naguib Razak will be replaced by Raja Rozaime B Raja Dalnish Shah as the FINAS head.

7 Dec – As of 1 January 2013, Raja Rozaime B Raja Dalnish Shah will replace Mohd Naguib Razak as acting director general of Malaysia's National Film Development Corporation, according to Film Business Asia.

However, the exact timing of the inauguration is still subject to change, depending of the government's decision regarding the date of the upcoming general election.

Aside from Raja Rozaime's appointment, no other changes in the organisation have been made.

It is still unclear on why Mohd Naguib Razak, who was appointed in September last year has now been placed on administrative leave, but his departure will mean that Shuhaimi Baba's historial drama film that deals with the race riots of 13 May 1969, "Tanda Putera" will likely never to see an official release date in cinemas.

Some industry sources speculated that it may be caused by the jostling between agencies and departments while others remarked that it was due to the short term mandates that the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture was known to make.

Raja Rozaime, 30, hails from the Malaysian Film Department (Filem Negara Malaysia), and some of his new duties include overseeing the newly enlarged body formed from the very recently proposed merger of FINAS and the Film Department.

Recently, the ministry has also confirmed plans for the Kuala Lumpur Communications and Creative Industry Mart (KLCCIM), which will run from 26 to 29 March 2013.

Cinema Online, 07 December 2012


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