CYBERJAYA – The drama series ‘Banteras’ which was launched today will create greater awareness among the public on the dangers of corruption, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak
He said the series, a collaboration between the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Fantasy Film Sdn Bhd, would also depict the efforts of MACC officers in tackling corruption cases.
He said using the mass media to tell the stories through drama and action was one of the best ways of conveying the message effectively to the people.
“The drama (series) stresses on eradicating corruption and not making it a common practice in society,” he said.
In his speech at the launch of the series here, Salleh said the drama would help create awareness among the younger generation on the dangers of corruption.
Also present at the event were MACC chief commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad, his deputy (prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil and Fantasy Films Sdn Bhd CEO Adillah Abu Samah.
Salleh also urged film producers to use government media like Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to make dramas or films on corruption which would convey a message to the people and leaders to be free of it.
“The people must appreciate all the government’s efforts to fight corruption. They are quick to criticise, but do not understand the heavy tasks that must be performed as it involves investigations and arrests.
“Corruption is our main enemy. We must fight it together. I hope the ‘Banteras’ drama will send the message clearly. If it is unclear, it could create confusion. The message must reach the viewers,” he said.
Salleh said he hoped the involvement of famed producer Ghaz Abu Bakar who is experienced in producing action films, as well as a line-up of talented local actors, would produce a quality drama.
“Banteras” will be shown in 13 one-hour episodes over local television channels, and shooting is expected to begin in September for three months.
The cast for the series include popular actors Namron, Khir Rahman and Sangeetha Krishnasamy.
It revolves around the life of an-anti corruption officer, highlighting his scope of duties and challenges.
Meanwhile, Dzulkifli said “Banteras” would convey the importance of preventing corruption to the public with viewers seeing its effects on society.
“If we really want to combat corruption, the first thing that must be done is everyone must avoid it. It is simple and everyone should know – do not give and do not receive bribes, and be willing to report all corrupt practices to the MACC so that action could be taken,” he said. – BERNAMA