Aid for arts, creative industry welcomed

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: The federal government’s decision to alleviate the burden of those in the local creative and arts industry by allocating RM100 million in aid under the Pemulih package was lauded.

“We welcome the federal government’s effort in allocating RM100 million in the form of funding facilities and financial assistance.

“This aims to alleviate the plight of over 8,000 people who are involved in our local arts and creative industry presently affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

He was commenting on the recent announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the Pemulih package in a blog post on Tuesday (June 29).

Abdul Karim also welcomed the incentives for production work and digital contents; career opportunities; skills development programmes and contributions under the Social Security Organisation (Socso) through the package.

“The allocation also covers the procurement of products for the purpose of production on television, radio as well as the composition of songs,” he said.

The Asajaya assemblyman said those in the industry were grateful for the Pemulih package which would cushion the impact of the current movement control order (MCO).

“Apart from that, the Pemulih package will also benefit hotel operators, theme parks, convention centres, shopping malls, local tourism company offices and travel and tourism agencies.

“This includes a 10 percent electricity bill discount for October to December 2021 bills,” he said.