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Finas urged to publish list of grant recipients to prevent misappropriation

The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) has been urged to list all the recipients of its grants or funds and make the list public to address the issue of misappropriation of funds in the film industry.

Malaysian Film Producers Association (PFM) president, Panchacharam Nalliah, also known as Pansha, said the list should be published on Finas’ website as practised by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and other government agencies.

He said production companies or individuals who had received grants or funds from the corporation but failed to deliver should be blacklisted or face legal action.

“(Finas also needs to) work with local film associations to blacklist their members, whether production companies or individuals (art activists) found irresponsible after being given the opportunity to receive the grants,” he said in the statement.

Finas chairman Zakaria Abdul Hamid was recently reported as saying that RM30 million of funds for the making of films had been misappropriated by some industry players for personal gain.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

282 PJ entertainment outlet patrons compounded for flouting RMCO

A total of 282 people at an entertainment outlet in Petaling Jaya were slapped with RM1,000 compound each on Saturday for violating the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Petaling Jaya District Police chief ACP Nik Ezanee Mohd Faizal said in a statement today that in the 11.30 pm inspection of the premises in Tropicana Damansara, the owner of the outlet was also compounded for failing to limit the number of patrons and maintain physical distancing.

During the same inspection, police also arrested two foreign women, both aged 20, for overstaying and not possessing a valid pass to stay in Malaysia under Sections 15(1)(c) and 6(1)(c) respectively of the Immigration Act 1959/63.

On a separate matter, Nik Ezanee said four men and a woman, aged between 23 and 39, were detained for driving under the influence of alcohol during a two-day operation codenamed Op Alkohol on Friday (Sept 11) and Saturday (Sept 12).

“They are being investigated under Section 45(A)1 of the Road Transport Act 1987,” he said.

Throughout the two-day operation, 564 vehicles were inspected and, apart from the five arrested, 48 road users were issued summonses for various traffic offences, including driving or riding without a valid licence.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Netflix unveils user interface in Bahasa Melayu


KUALA LUMPUR Netflix has launched its user interface (UI) in Bahasa Melayu that enables members in Malaysia to navigate the UI, read title names and synopses, and also watch shows and movies with Bahasa Melayu subtitles and dubs.


“Netflix believes in giving members control over their entire entertainment experience and surely will improve their viewing experience and better suit Malaysians who prefer consuming Netflix in their national language,” said a Netflix spokesperson in a  Zoom meeting on “Netflix Unveils New Feature For Malaysia”.


“The Bahasa Melayu UI option will give families more flexibility as members will be able to switch their profile to Bahasa Melayu from the language option that has up to 30 languages in the ‘Manage Profile’ section on their devices,” he added.




The complete Netflix experience in Bahasa Melayu, from sign-up to search rows, collections and payment, is available across all platforms including on phones, tablets, desktops, TV, even PlayStations.


The spokesman said that Netflix members can set up to five profiles in each account, and each profile can have its own language setting and even Netflix members outside of Malaysia will also have the option to switch their user interface to Bahasa Melayu.


Netflix also aims to bring Malaysian stories to a global audience and hence, on Sept 16, users will be able to watch the new show conducted by Dr Jason Leong: Hashtag Blessed, he added.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

An Italian’s love affair with Malaysian cuisine – thanks to his wife

KUALA LUMPUR The proof of the pudding, they say, is in the eating. And so it proved for Italian Francesco De Leonardis as the first taste of nasi campur (mixed rice) at a buffet on his akad nikah (solemnisation) ceremony in London 14 years ago kicked started his love for traditional Malaysian cuisine.

The 40-year-old, who now goes by the name Daniyal Yaqeen and lives in South East England, has credited his Malaysian wife, Eita Salehoddin, also 40, for his gastronomic discovery.

“First time (eating Malaysian food) was after our nikah in London. We went down to the MSD (Malaysian Student Department) where there is a (Malaysia Hall) canteen. There was a nice buffet, which had nasi campur.

“Some dishes were too spicy but, eventually, I began to like them more and more. That was when I started to explore (Malaysian food) and now here I am, having already tried lots of different dishes,” he told Bernama recently via Zoom.

Daniyal, who has so far sampled laksa Johor, laksa Penang as well as various other Malaysian rice dishes, simply can’t get enough of tauhu bergedil (stuffed tofu) and any type of curry dish, “provided they are not too spicy”.

Eita, who hails from Muar, Johor, said she felt truly touched to see her husband adapting so well to Malaysian food and culture.

“I really appreciate it as a Malaysian. I know that some people here aren’t very open in terms of accepting a new culture and new cuisine.

“I am actually proud of him in that sense, and we can now relate with each other more,” she said.

To further encourage her husband’s love for Malaysian food, she also features him in her YouTube cooking channel, called “Cooking with Eita”, where she usually cooks up a storm by preparing traditional Malay dishes like ‘daging masak hitam cara orang Perak’ and ‘Beriyani Komak’ from scratch.

To show how much he has embraced our local culture, Daniyal can also be seen on the videos wearing the kain pelikat (sarong for men) and speaking in Malay while helping his wife cook.

Asked how he developed the habit of wearing the sarong, he said he got it as a hantaran (wedding gift) during his akad nikah and started wearing to follow in the footsteps of his father-in-law.

“Eita’s father wears it and I thought it was quite nice. Coming home from work, wearing it feels sort of more formal in the house and, of course, it’s very useful for praying.

“Also, it (wearing sarong) feels like having a little more freedom,” he said, referring to the unbridled freedom of aeration movement.

The couple, who currently resides in the town of Reading, Berkshire, used to visit Malaysia quite often. However, the travel restrictions put in place following the global COVID-19 pandemic mean they have not been able to travel here in the last few months, leaving them missing the country — and the chance to sample more of its glorious and sumptuous cuisine.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Two main points agreed upon after first round of talks to amend FINAS Act – Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA Two main points were agreed upon following today’s first round of talks to amend the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) Act 1981 (Act 244), said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The discussion, chaired by him, was also attended by officers from the ministry and FINAS, representatives from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, lawyers and industry stakeholders.

He said the first point agreed upon was on the workflow for the amendment process involving policy determination; engagement with the stakeholders, including the government, industry, civil society, academics and Members of Parliament; as well as comparisons with relevant laws in other countries.

Secondly, he said, it was agreed that the drafting of the bill would involve several main points, which include the position of social media users in producing material for sharing on the platform; improvement of existing rules; and the provision of a new definition to the existing definition in Act 244.

“The second round of discussions will be held in the first week of September to fine-tune details discussed today. I’m confident these efforts will bear fruit towards realising and empowering the ecosystem of the country’s creative industry,” he said in a statement today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

“Ummah Rabbani Negara Harmoni” theme of Maal Hijrah 1442H celebration

KUALA LUMPUR “Ummah Rabbani Negara Harmoni” is the theme of the national-level Maal Hijrah 1442H celebration which will be held at the National Mosque tomorrow.

Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) director-general Datuk Paimuzi Yahya said the theme coincided with the reality of the lives of Malaysians comprising a multi-racial, multi-lingual and multi-religious society.

“The existence of a united society in diversity is not something new in Islam. The core strength of Ummah Rabbani is quality human capital and is the backbone of most of the plans developed by the government.

“The concept of a harmonious country in this diversity is closely related to the maqasid Syariah (required by Syarak) and this matter was also stated by Imam AI-Ghazali as a maslahah (benefit),” he said in a statement today.

The ceremony, which is scheduled to be held at 5 pm, will be launched by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri are scheduled to attend the ceremony.

Paimuzi said the highlight of the event would be the ‘Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award which would be presented to the country’s well-known professional scholar as well as a well-known international figure.

The event will be broadcast live on TV1 and TV AIhijrah

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MOTAC channels aid to arts and culture NGOs


KUALA LUMPUR The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) has channelled a sum of RM668,000 aid to 243 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) supporting arts and culture.


Its Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said it was part of the ministry’s initiatives to help the NGOs that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic get back on their feet and ensure smooth run of their organisations.


“The NGOs that receive this allocation are those that are established with the aim to promote and preserve the nation’s arts and cultural heritage,” she said.




She said this to reporters after launching the Jim Madasamy’s album in Tamil and the Jim Madasamy Artistes’ Fund at the National Arts Culture and Heritage Academy here today.


Also present were National Unity Minister Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Malaysian Artistes’ Association (Karyawan) president Datuk Freddie Fernandez and Amalan Setar (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Rajendran Ramasamy.


The late Jim was the bassist of the country’s popular blues music band known as the Blues Gang.



Meanwhile, Halimah in her speech said the album was launched in appreciation of the contributions of the late Jim who had used music as a tool to promote and forge unity.


“The late Jim was one of the founders of the Blues Gang band that has fans from various races,” she said adding that the music industry should also play a role in uniting the people in the country.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency