KUALA LUMPUR: The government will provide RM2.7 million for the purchase of content and funding for the development of the country’s cartoon and animation industry.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said of the amount, RM2 million would be channelled to the Malaysian National Film Development Corporation (Finas) for the purchase of content from animation companies.
He made the announcement at an awards ceremony in conjunction with the 2018 Malaysia Cartoonists Day celebration at the National Museum last night.
According to him, the purchases will involve existing animation yet to be broadcast on television to further promote the production of high-quality content.
“We need to be proactive. It’s not necessary to wait for a new channel to be created before buying content. It’s easier to first purchase the content, and it’s up to the television companies when to broadcast them,” he said.
Salleh said RM500,000 from the fund would be given to the Malaysia Cartoon and Comic Home as additional funding towards efforts to preserve the work of local cartoonists.
He said the remaining RM200,000 would be given to the Gila-Gila Magazine, which celebrated its 40th anniversary today, to digitalise its collection.
Salleh also announced a pitching grant through Finas for the television animation activists category in addition to the existing categories of television, films and documentaries.
He expressed hope that activists would continue to contribute quality work that could enhance Malaysia’s image. – Bernama