SMG chief executive officer Suhaimi Sulaiman

KUCHING: TVS will produce documentaries and films pertaining to state’s history between the 1700s and 1900s that could potentially snag international awards.

Sarawak Media Group (SMG) chief executive officer Suhaimi Sulaiman said currently his team is working on stories about Sarawak under the Brooke regime.

“So, I think we have to make a historical film that can win awards at the international level.

“Besides that, we also work closely with universities in the state to produce documentaries that have standards.

“We have started to do some research and maybe we can compete or be on par with National Geographic, because we have the resources,” he said in an interview at the TVS office recently.

Since TVS was launched, Suhaimi said it has received many suggestions from viewers across the country to produce various types of programmes, especially those based on local community life, culture and tourism.

“Based on my experience, people will be more interested in watching a show when it reflects their own life because it inspires them.

“Besides that, we receive suggestions from the younger generation who wanted more entertainment programmes with elements of Sarawak, but at a global level where the international community are able to enjoy it.

“We have a lot of plans, as well as taking notes of suggestions from our audience as we take pride in the strong support, they have given us,” he said.

He added that TVS will also broadcast TV series and telemovies purchased from local production houses as well as from several Asean countries, in addition to working with production houses in the state and throughout Malaysia to produce drama series on communities in the state.