The Star- Special fund for creative people

February 16, 2009 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Monday February 16, 2009

Special fund to help creative people

GEORGE TOWN: The Government plans to set up the Content Deve­lopment Fund to aid people with creative talent.

“We will come up with some framework towards the setting-up of the fund in a month or two.

“This will help to create jobs for those trained in the various institutions of higher learning,” Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

“We want those in the animation, entertainment and related industries to have an avenue in terms of content especially in the three years to come.

“There are many talented people in this field but they have no outlet to display their works and by the time RTM goes digital in 2012, more jobs will be available,’’ he told a press conference here yesterday.

He said that Deputy Prime Minis ter Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed in principle to the establishment of the fund.

On criticisms over RTM’s move towards the digital system, he said other countries were already heading in the direction and that Asean countries had been given until 2015 to go digital.

He said if Malaysia kept on using the analog system, spare parts might not be available in the future.

“We have to start somewhere, and we are starting off with the restructuring system.

“Imagine if there is a national disaster in 2015, and RTM is still using the analog system and something goes wrong, what will happen then?’’ he said.

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