Malaysia’s film industry dying for support
The Malaysian film industry sorely lacks a cinema culture as not many people are keen to support locally-produced movies.
Organised by the Young Writers Bureau under the National Writers Association of Malaysia (Pena), the forum was essentially about Malaysian films as seen through the eyes of youths.
On the panel were two bloggers who write about films – Fadli Al-Akiti and Ajami Hashim – and architect graduate-turned-filmmaker Ridhwan Saidi.
“We don’t have a cinema culture when it comes to Malaysian movies,” said Fadli. He said Finas (the National Film Development Corporation of Malaysia) had revealed at another film forum that only 800,000 Malaysians out of the 25 million population patronise local films.