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Govt not intending to use Finas Act to restrict personal freedom

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has assured the public that it has no intention of using the National Film Development Corporation (Finas) Act 1981 to restrict the personal freedom on social media.

According to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah’s statement today, The law was enacted 40 years ago, long before the existence of social media sites such as Tik Tok and YouTube.

Saifuddin recognized that the act needs improvement and the ministry is reviewing the law under its purview.

When asked whether all film producers must apply for the licence and SPP regardless of whether they were a mainstream media agency or personal social media, Saifuddin said that film producers must apply and get Film Production Licence and a Filming Authentication Certificate (SPP) for both traditional or social media platforms productions. Both license can be can be obtained through the National Film Development Corporation (Finas).

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