Royalties only part of the story for film industry

Mustafa K. Anuar

Freedom of expression is of the utmost importance and necessity so that a conducive environment would enable content creators to produce creative products of high quality and become the envy of others outside the country. – EPA pic, October 28, 2022.

IN ONE of his several electoral promises, caretaker Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently announced that the long-standing problem of royalties for people working in the film industry would be reviewed if his party is voted into power.

Actors, producers, directors and other workers indeed deserve royalties to be paid to them for their dedication and skill working in an industry that, according to the Statistics Department, contributed 1.9% or RM29.4 billion to the Gross Domestic Product and generated 216,811 job opportunities in 2019.

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