Following the latest statement by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah regarding all film producers including personal social media users must obtain Finas license before posting any film/video even on social media, the minister once again clarified his statement emphasizing that the government has no intention of using the Act to restrict the personal freedom of individuals on social media.
He said the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) Act 1981 was enacted 40 years ago when social media such as Youtube, Instagram, Tik Tok did not exist. The ministry is aware that the act needs improvement.
“The ministry is aware that the act needs improvement”
JUST IN: Minister Datuk @saifuddinabd clarifies that the ministry has no intention of suppressing one’s freedom on social media. He notes that Finas Act 1981 needs improvement and that the ministry is open for suggestions. pic.twitter.com/S7IkR2yeR5— TheMalaysianReserve (@TMReserve) July 23, 2020
“The ministry is aware that the act needs improvement. I had mentioned in my 100 days report card on June 20, that the ministry is reviewing all laws under its purview,” he said.
Meanwhile, the ministry was open to suggestions not only on the acts but also others under its purview to meet present demands.
Social media users are free to use any social media platforms without the need to apply for Finas license