The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Saifuddin Abdullah today has released yet another statement to address the licensing issue for films that are meant for social media. This time around, Minister Saifuddin has clearly stated that videos that are produced for social media do not require permission from the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS).
This clarification was not part of yesterday’s statement which was more to an admission that the FINAS Act 1981 [pdf] need to be updated according to the passage of time. Minister Saifuddin has also reiterated this stand in today’s statement and pointed out clearly that the government will indeed amend the act.
However, he didn’t provide an exact timeline for the amendment to take place aside from that the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia (KKMM) will begin the process soon. This also applies to other regulations under its purview.
KERAJAAN MALAYSIA MENDOKONG KEBEBASAN MEDIA DAN MEDIA SOSIAL; AKTA FINAS AKAN DIPINDA
Saya ingin memaklumkan bahawa Kabinet telah bersetuju dan memutuskan perkara-perkara berikut :
— Saifuddin Abdullah (@saifuddinabd) July 24, 2020
As per what we have mentioned in our previous report, we do hope KKMM will publicly share the draft of any law amendments. This is so that the ministry will be able to see and consider the feedback from the Rakyat before putting those amendments in place.