PETALING JAYA – Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has called on institutions of higher learning in the country to produce more world class creative industry graduates to meet growing demands.
With the creative and content industry growing at an explosive rate, he said, demand for creative talent had been increasing exponentially.
“As such, we need more graduates to meet the industry’s high demand,” he added during a visit to Point College here today.
Salleh said the government had been implementing measures to support the country’s creative industry development agenda, including sponsoring students through the Creative Industry Lifelong Learning (CILL) programme under the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS).
The government had to date allocated RM30 million for this purpose and 720 people had benefited from the four schemes created, he said.
The four schemes under the CILL programme are Scheme A â€“ Up-skilling and Re-skilling; Scheme B â€“ Attachment and Internship; Scheme C â€“ Scholastic Award; and Scheme D â€“ Creative Skills Certification.
Salleh commended Point College student Chong Hui Thing, a CILL programme sponsorship recipient, for winning the first prize in the Nikon Photo Contest 2015 Open Category last July.
“I believe this is a lifetime experience for her and her success is proof that we have the creative capacity and talent to compete internationally,” he said while noting that there were 99,339 enteries from 153 countries for the competition and it was judged by 17 globally diverse panel of judges.
Also present at the event were Point College President Yoki Chin and FINAS Director General Datuk Kamil Othman. – BERNAMA