All filming in Malaysia, even on social media requires license, says Minister

According to a news report from The Star, all film production, whether from media outlets or personal media on traditional platforms or even social media are required to have a licence, says the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said it is compulsory for producers of these films to apply for a Film Production Licence and Film Shooting Certificate (SSP) regardless if they are from a mainstream media outlet or personal media.

He said through the National Film Development Corporation (Finas), actively monitors film activities in the country in its efforts to preserve and develop the film industry based on the Finas Act 1981.

“Finas issues three types of licences to the film industry, they are licences to produce, distribute and broadcast films or videos. Section 22 (1) of the Finas Act reads that no one can take part in any activities to produce, distribute or broadcast any film unless a licence is issued to the person,” said Saifuddin in reply to Wong Shu Qi (PH-Kluang) question of whether it is compulsory for all those who film to apply for a Production License and SPP during the Ministerial Question Time on today.

In her supplementary question, Wong had asked the Minister on the exact definition of film, and asked if this would affect people who use social media platforms such as Instagram TV or TikTok and Saifuddin’s reply was “Section 2 of the Finas Act reads that film includes feature films, short films, trailers, advertising “filmlets” and any recording on material of any kind, including videotapes and video discs of moving images, accompanied or unaccompanied by sound, and documentaries, for the viewing of the public.”

He added that the government encourages everyone, individuals or organisations, to produce any form of film however it must be according to the law.

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