KUALA LUMPUR: The government will set up two one-stopÂ centres in a bid to develop the creative digital content industry in the nearÂ future, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery CheekÂ said.
He said one of the centres, to be known as the Pitching Centre, would be setÂ up in the next three months to listen collect ideas and to provide guidance toÂ the industry players.
“We will coordinate the Pitching Centre within this three months to listenÂ to the ideas of the industry players. They need not wait to see the ministerÂ when they have ideas about something,” he said after attending the 2015Â post-budget briefing to the creative digital content industry at AuditoriumÂ Perdana, Wisma Radio, Angkasapuri here tonight.
Ahmad Shabery said the centre will be led by the Multimedia DevelopmentÂ Corporation (MDeC) with the cooperation from the National Film DevelopmentÂ Corporation Malaysia (Finas) and the Malaysian Communication and MultimediaÂ Commission (MCMC).
“Through the centre, we will also help the industry players in findingÂ sponsors, such as Celcom, Telekom Malaysia and Petronas. In fact, I hope it willÂ become a bridge to any available resources,” he said.
Ahmad Shabery said the second centre, to be known as Content Malaysia, wouldÂ be a one-stop centre with a wider scope of roles to be played than Finas.
He said it would not only focus on the film industry, but also on allÂ contents, including cinemas, television, YouTube and gaming.
“The scope of this one-stop centre will cover wider subjects because we wantÂ to consolidate several existing funds,” he said.
The briefing, which lasted almost three hours and attended by about 300Â industry players, among others, touched on the RM100 million allocation for theÂ development of the industry given under the 2015 Budget. –BERNAMA