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­Sabah venue for Sayangi Malaysiaku
Published on: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah will host the national-level Malaysia Day 2018 celebration on Sept 16, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo (pic) said.

He had discussions on the event with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, Friday.

"We leave it to the State Government to select the location for the celebration, and we will announce soon the activities to be held," he said.

The theme of the Malaysia Day and National Day celebrations this year is 'Sayangi Malaysiaku'.

"Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has agreed to attend the celebration.

I urge all quarters to give their support for the smooth organisation of the event," he said.

Meanwhile, Sabahans with ideas to produce films, telemovies and documentaries, among others, will soon be able to present them to a State-level committee rather than go to Kuala Lumpur.

Gobind said this is to meet the needs and demands of local producers and artistes in producing films, short movies, documentaries and short documentaries based on local culture and surroundings.

The committee would be set up very soon and the members or panellists would be experts with vast knowledge in local requirements in the industry.

"I received many proposals and suggestions by the local artistes and producers especially in Sabah and Sarawak and they told me that there are many talents, especially among youths due to existing technologies and applications where they are creative in producing documentaries, films and telemovies.

"We will specifically look at Sabah and Sarawak to start a system where the local talents can come here and pitch here if they want their movies, for example, to be considered by the ministry via the committee.

"Presently, they must present their proposals to a panel in Kuala Lumpur that will assess and decide whether the idea is approved."

Gobind said he has asked RTM in Sabah as well as in Sarawak to adopt the move to set up a local committee that has experts familiar with local customs, culture and languages.

Gobind said there will be different committees for each State, clusters and type of productions and those sitting in the committee in Kuala Lumpur would be different with those sitting in Sabah.

He said there will be combination of experts in filming industry and script writing and so forth that come from various sectors.

In a related development, he said he will also look into a proposal to increase local programmes on TV1 and TV2 in Sabah and Sarawak as well as in the radio stations.

On merging Bernama and RTM, Gobind said he proposed for the merger in terms on news segment as Bernama is a news channel while RTM has widespread functions in airing news and disseminate information.

He said the ministry is in the process of preparing a working paper on the merger that will be completed in one to two months.

Earlier, during his visit to Bernama, RTM and Information Department, Gobind has called on them on the need to change and be smart in mastering new technology so as to continue to be relevant and able to compete in broadcasting industry and publication of latest news materials.

He said the change is essential to deny claims by certain quarters that RTM is difficult to change which is not true.

He said initiatives and changing the old mindset among the staff of RTM, Bernama and Information Department is imperative to make sure they could compete with others in the broadcasting industry and social media networks that are imposing growing challenges. - Hayati Dzulkifli

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