How much is a Finas licence? Here are some funny Twitter reactions to the news
By now, you would have definitely read or heard about a little news involving filming and licences. On 23 July 2020, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah announced that "all production of films and recording regardless of whether media agencies or individual media outlets must apply for licence before filming." This, of course, brought upon an avalanche of reactions from Malaysians.
Seven days prior to the filming date, film producers are required to inform Finas (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia) about the project—under the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) Act. Yes, that includes content for social media! During a Parliament session, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said, "film producers must apply for Film Production License and Film Shooting Certificate (SPP) regardless of whether they are mainstream media agencies or personal media which produce films on social media platforms or traditional channels."
According to Lembah Pantai Member of Parliamant Fahmi Fadzil, a paid-up capital of RM50,000 will be required by an applicant to apply for a Finas license. However, the Communications and Media Minister later mentioned that he was only explaining "the existing law, that is the National Film Development Corporation Act which was passed in Parliament in 1981" and that "the ministry acknowledges that the Act needs to be fine tuned."
The news also gave birth to a plethora of reactions on Twitter and we have compiled some of the most noteworthy ones:
What are your thoughts on the the Communications and Multimedia Minister's statement? The minister clarified that the Act has been around for a long time and that it was enacted during a time when social media didn't exist. Moreover, he also mentioned that revisions to the law will be considered.
However, his clarification clearly did not stop Malaysians and Twitterjaya from getting their hilarious reactions out. Let's all wait for more updates from the relevant parties!
Don't forget to continue practising social distancing and to wear your masks when you're out. Malaysia boleh!