27 May – Datuk Kamil Othman, director general of the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), is reviewing FINAS Act 1981, with the aim of widening the definition of the word "film" to "content".
"When the act was first formulated, films were limited to movies at cinemas but times have changed as we can also view films on YouTube and smart phones now," said Datuk Kamil Othman, according to BERNAMA.
"Local creative contents are widespread now and not limited to the cinema [we] need to expand the scope of film to content."
By expanding the definition, the act will then focus on various types of creative content, not limited to just films. It will also include television, Internet and other media. The change is meant to "control and develop the local creative content industry".
"It's the 21st century now. Films are now produced digitally, the resolution has improved. Before, only film studios could make films, now anyone with a camera phone can make films," he said, as quoted by Star2.com.
The draft of the amended act is ready to be tabled before the Communications and Multimedia Ministry. Datuk Kamil Othman hopes to see a difference by year end.
(Photo source: thestar.com.my)