KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 20 film and creative content companies have benefited from the setting up of the Content Malaysia One Stop Pitching Centre since April this year, the Dewan Rakyat was told Wednesday.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said a fund of RM18 million had been spent on the centre’s various programmes, which has facilitated the industry players in the production of high creative content.
“This pitching centre also acts as a one-stop centre for creative content funds and can produce script writers and producers of global standard,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat here.
He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Koh Nai Kwong (BN-Alor Gajah) who asked on the governance and funding of the film and creative industries.
Jailani said application for funding to produce creative content under the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) is evaluated on merit by independent experts from the industry.
“Through this fund governance, any eligible applicants who fulfil the criteria would be granted approval for fundings to generate creative content,” he said.
Meanwhile Jailani, who is also Hulu Terengganu Member of Parliament, said the ministry through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had taken the initiative to educate internet users in a positive way by focusing on the four main issues to enhance public awareness on responsible internet usage.
“The issue concerned the dissemination of false information, cyber-bullying, oversharing behaviour and internet financial fraud, which had the cooperation of the police and Malaysian Association of Banks,” he said when replying to Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur (BN-Silam).
He said MCMC focused on addressing cyber-bullying by having ongoing online awareness programmes.