PETALING JAYA: Malay rights group Perkasa said that it stands by the decision to have separate language categories in the upcoming Malaysia Film Festival (FFM), as long as it was done to honour Malay as the national language.
Perkasa said in a statement on Tuesday that it would “stand resolute” with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and Malaysia Film Producers Association (PFM) if they made their decision based on the Federal Constitution.
Ibrahim said that all parties must honour the national language, as it is the basis of the Federal Constitution as laid down in Article 153, adding that all official business should be conducted in Malay in accordance with Article 151 and 152 of the Federal Constitution.
He said that Perkasa feels it is unfortunate that there are Malays who actively try to make things equal in the arts scene in terms of competition but complain that they are being sidelined when other races “wrest their rights” such as airtime and TV slots.
“Perkasa believes that because the majority of local films released are in the Malay language, therefore it is appropriate that those involved in Malay language films should be given priority even if they are not Malay,” said Ibrahim.
Ibrahim asked all parties to respect Finas’ decision so long as the honest reason for the segregation was to honour the national language as per the Constitution.